The Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, visited enterprise software company Invotra, to see first-hand the outstanding results of their apprenticeship programme.
Anne Milton MP, was at the Woking-based company's headquarters during National Apprenticeship Week, which this year has the hastag 'Blaze A Trail'. She was joined by Keith Smith, Director of the Apprenticeships, Education and Skills Funding Agency.
The Minister, who is also MP for Guildford, visited the company’s digital accessibility testing lab and viewed intranet, website and portal screen images through restricted site glasses and using a screen reader. The session was led by lab manager Andrew Doyle, age 21, who was SME apprentice of the Year in 2016.
In a second session, Mrs Milton was shown a cross-site scripting attack by Chelsea Cadd, one of the few female apprentices studying towards a cyber security qualification in the UK. There was a live link with Invotra’s Newcastle office and Chelsea showed the Minister how she deals with online security threats as part of her day job. Chelsea, age 24, was awarded Newcomer of the Year at the Cyber Security Awards in 2018.
Mrs Milton said: "I’ve met lots of apprentices today and companies like Invotra are where we’re heading for in the future. They’re a company well ahead of their time, doing a fantastic job making sure that they grow their own skilled workforce. So, taking on lots of apprentices, supporting them and making sure they progress right the way up the apprenticeship ladder. It is truly amazing, Invotra are doing a brilliant job."
Alison Galvin, HR Director, Invotra said: “Our apprentices are delighted Minister Milton visited our offices and saw their work first hand. For a high tech company like Invotra there’s no doubt that apprenticeships work brilliantly, providing time to study while gaining invaluable experience of working in a fast-moving business.”
The minister had lunch with past and current apprentices - representing over a third of Invotra’s total workforce. The company has also been a UK ‘Top 100 Apprentice Employer’ for the past two years and 40 per cent of its board are women.