Educating Evolto: The Apprentice
At Evolto, we are committed to the development of our staff. There are currently two staff members in further education, and today’s spotlight is on Elvis Shield.
Elvis has been at Evolto since November 2017, when he joined part time. During this time his coding skills developed under the guidance of CEO, Peter Hawkin. At the start of September 2018 Elvis joined the company full time as an apprentice. Since then, Elvis has been spending every Friday at Newcastle College, studying to be a Level 4 qualified Software Developer. The course entails 6 hours per week taught content, with an additional 2–3 hours spent at home or work to underpin his learning.
When the course is complete, Elvis hopes not only to have expanded his knowledge of coding languages, but also to have developed his methods for approaching challenges. Elvis has certainly learnt about facing challenges head on—he hadn’t written an assignment since leaving school about 25 years ago, and he found the whole process pretty daunting, particularly the referencing of external sources. However, the hard work has clearly paid off as so far all of Elvis’s work has achieved a mark of 60% or above!
Elvis found it hard to say what has been his favourite part of the course, as he has enjoyed it all. One of the best aspects, however, has been meeting other people who are also relatively new to the industry, and realising he is not alone with his fears, worries and not being able to make sense of all the jargon. This has been an invaluable boost to his self-esteem, and his own belief in his ability to code.
The impact on Elvis’s role at Evolto has been significant. Elvis feels that the main area he lacked confidence was not the coding itself, but the terminology and jargon used. He now feels he has a far greater understanding of discussions in the office, and can use the jargon himself with the best of them. This makes Elvis feel much more a part of the company, and more confident to present his own ideas and input.
As a testament to how much Elvis has enjoyed his course, his aspirations are not only to progress to the next level of software engineering, but ultimately to earn a degree. We’re sure this is well within his capability and look forward to supporting him all the way.
Elvis is not all study and work: interestingly he can dislocate both shoulders, and when he was born he died not once, but twice (happy to say he’s definitely alive now). His choice of brew is tea or coffee, strong, with milk, plus one!