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SEAC Apprentice of the Month – February 2020

Tuesday 10 March, 2020

The SEAC team are delighted to announce that James Shipton, who is an IT Apprentice on placement with TRB Lightweight Structures, has been awarded Apprentice of the Month for February.

Work place supervisor at TRB, James Eyre, nominated James in recognition of the high standard of his work:

“James is a valued member of the team, trusted by colleagues from a junior level, all the way through to top management, and is comfortable in translating technical concepts into language that can be easily understood by non-technical colleagues, and vice-versa; he communicates well and is able to empathise and determine concerns or requirements through conversation with his colleagues to ensure desired results are achieved, even if the original request is vague.”

During his time as an apprentice, some of his achievements include:

  • Researching and implementing security awareness training across the business that resulted in a 70% reduction of insecure behaviour in the first 4 months.
  • Upgrading hardware and software across a number of devices to improve end-user experience and security.
  • Learning how to use a new language and implementing script-based automation to handle various tasks throughout the company that previously would have seen people needing to perform duplicate, manual work; notably streamlining new hire and leaver processes.
  • Researching current best practices before testing and implementing, updating and streamlining existing configurations.
  • Assisting in implementation of new storage and server infrastructure to replace aging hardware coming to the end of its operational life, and modernising to new operating systems to improve capabilities, improve security, and ensure continued support.

James has just been awarded a distinction for his Level 3 Infrastructure Technician Apprenticeship, earning him membership with the British Computer Society in recognition.

James will soon be moving on from employment with SEAC to continue his career at TRB as a full time, permanent employee, where he will continue to develop and grow.

Well done and good luck for the future James!