16 July 2012

Crawley-based IT employer Cloud9 Insight celebrated this week as their apprentice, David Robertson, won the Microsoft Apprentice of the Year award 2012.

IT apprentice commended for outstanding contribution to the global technology company’s programme to tackle UK youth unemployment.

Crawley-based IT employer Cloud9 Insight celebrated this week as their apprentice, David Robertson, won the Microsoft Apprentice of the Year award 2012. This prestigious national award recognises the outstanding efforts and achievements of Microsoft-backed apprentices in developing their workplace skills and experience during the last 12 months.

19-year old David, from Worthing, is one of thousands of apprentices across the UK benefitting from Microsoft’s pioneering Britain Works programme. The Britain Works campaign is Microsoft’s three year commitment to get 500,000 people into jobs by the end 2012. In the past two years it has already helped over 420,000 people across the UK find employment.  

David and his employers were invited to Microsoft’s Parliamentary reception at the House of Commons this week to receive his award and celebrate his achievement. The Minister of State for Employment, Chris Grayling was also present to congratulate all of the nominees.

After completing a BTEC Diploma in IT, David was matched with Cloud9 Insight in March by QA Apprenticeships, who partner with Microsoft to train young people in the technologies that play a crucial role in IT business across the UK.

Nigel Ridpath, Director at Cloud9 Insight, said: “Well done David on a fantastic achievement. We are all very proud of him. Ever since joining Cloud9 Insight David has been the model of maturity and enthusiasm. We have added an IT support function to our business built around his abilities – a very valuable experience for him. David is our first ever apprentice and thanks to QA and Microsoft’s programme we have seen real results and will certainly consider apprentices in future.”

David said: “I’m really happy and proud to have won such a prestigious award from a huge company like Microsoft. I have really enjoyed my time at Cloud9 so far and this is a great extra encouragement to keep putting my all into this job. The Microsoft Apprenticeship with QA has helped me enormously in developing my IT skills and given me a great platform to succeed in my career.”

Scott Dodds, Acting General Manager, Microsoft UK said: “Microsoft is delighted to recognise and celebrate David’s dedication and hard work, as well as the effort and support provided by Cloud9 Insight who delivered this apprentice scheme. We recognise the important role that businesses like Microsoft can play in helping young people secure the skills they need to prosper and help the British economy grow. That is why we developed the IT Apprenticeship, as part of the Britain Works programme, to help young people gain IT skills and employment. David’s efforts throughout his apprenticeship make him a worthy winner and a fantastic example to young people.”

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