Thetford Academy student to start Higher Apprenticeship role at Aviva
Earlier this year Jacek Lipinski from Thetford was one of 13 sixth form students studying computing and programming at Thetford Academy to tour Aviva and discover the career and education prospects available.
Jacek admits he didn’t really know what he wanted to do once he left school and was considering his options. He said “I was so impressed by the facilities and opportunities at Aviva and I am familiar with some of the software used by Aviva, as it is part of our programming and computing curriculum at Thetford Academy.
“I particularly liked the atmosphere at Aviva – they take the time to do things carefully and calmly. Seeing the organisation and the software they use first hand was helpful.”
As part of the tour Jacek was given a tour of the facilities, an introduction to the variety of work done by the company and some useful guidance on their future careers. From this event Jacek was motivated to apply for the Level 4 apprenticeship in Software Engineering on offer at the company.
Neil Baxter, Strategic Workforce Manager, Aviva, said, ““It’s great to see that as a direct result of the activity we do with the local education community, such as the onsite visit we held with Thetford Academy, that we have inspired a student to pursue a career in Software Development. It’s even better that Jacek applied for and secured one of our 16 apprenticeship roles. He will be a great addition to our workforce of the future that we are building here in Aviva Digital IT and cannot wait for him to get started.”
Steven Monsey, Higher Education Champion, Take Your Place, organised the trip. Steven, who works with Thetford Academy to help students find their passion and ambition towards applying for higher education, said, “Aviva is the largest local employer and it was an ideal opportunity to show students the range of work they do there. Walking into the Marble Hall entrance of Aviva resembles more of a Google or Apple headquarters rather than an insurance firm, and this is what caught the eye of many students.”
Neil continued, “Engaging with the local education community is a key part in our strategy to raise the profile of Aviva as an innovative tech company that has fantastic career opportunities in IT. The students that visit us are amazed at what they see and the environment we work in as well the scale of out Digital IT teams across the globe. We have been recruiting Level 4 apprentices since 2016 into roles such as Software Engineers, Test Engineers, Business Analysts and Data Analysts with apprenticeships being the main recruitment route for new people into our IT teams.”
David Kinnen, Leader of Technical Qualifications, Thetford Academy “The trip, and really pleasing outcome, has strengthened the link between Thetford Academy and Aviva. Thetford Academy have embedded Aviva’s standard operating procedures into the delivery and assessment of the computing and programming Tech-Levels. This sees students undertaking projects and tasks linked to scenarios and case studies used by Aviva in both their training and commercial processes.
“We want to incorporate real life problems into their curriculums, and to equip students with relevant and wide ranging skills for the future.”