Huish IT and Computer Science students welcomed back ex-Huish student Will Manchip to hear about his inspiring journey since starting a Degree Apprenticeship with BT.

Will, from Bridgwater, who left Huish in the summer of 2019, returned to talk to current Computer Science and Digital, IT and Computing students about his first few months since joining BT as a Software Engineering Apprentice. Since leaving, Will has moved to Cheltenham to join BT’s Degree Apprenticeship programme, working in their Security Operations Centre and studying at Staffordshire University. As an alternative to full time University, the Apprenticeship programme allows Will one week a month at University, fully funded and also a day a week to study at home alongside his job in the Data Science team.

Will highlighted the perks of being employed and earning a salary whilst also enjoying the benefits of free broadband, insightful work experience and a fully funded Level 6 degree, including study leave. Will said, “I’ve been so lucky to join this Apprenticeship programme as the first step in my career and have gained so much real industry knowledge already. I’m part of a young team and we are all very supportive of each other. I’m really looking forward to the travel opportunities available and being paid to go to University is a bonus!”
During his time at Huish, Will studied Computer Science, Maths and Physics. Ralph Ellis, Course Manager for Computer Science and Will’s former teacher commented, “Will was always a grafter, willing to work hard to succeed. He is a great inspiration to current students, highlighting the alternative opportunities to University in the rapidly growing technology sector. We wish him continued success as he progresses through his Apprenticeship and will be keeping in touch”.

For more information about the courses we offer in Computer Science and Digital, IT and Technology visit our courses page or email Alternatively come along to our next Open Event on Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 5.00 – 8.00pm.