Case Study: Matthew Vaughan
To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we’ve been talking to a number of apprentices about their roles, what a typical day looks like and their top advice for those considering an apprenticeship.
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Today we’re speaking to Matthew Vaughan, a Cyber Security Apprentice.
What does a typical day in your role look like?
Responding to any issues that have been logged by internal customers, as well as working on ongoing projects.
How did you get here?
I completed two years at Sixth form but didn't know what career path to take once I left. I worked in retail for just over a year before deciding to join ENGIE in 2017.
What are the most important skills and abilities required in your role?
Communication, teamwork and confidence.
What is your proudest moment at work?
Completing a project where we had to configure and install over 70 Firewalls into schools that North Tyneside Council support. This was a long project which involved having to use excellent communication and teamwork skills to ensure the project was carried out successfully.
As your career has progressed, would you do anything differently?
I would be more confident at the start and communicate with my team and other teams a lot more.
How do you think your role may change in the future?
I hope to develop my skills and advance into a management role within ENGIE.
How have ENGIE’s career development opportunities benefited you?
They have benefited me a lot as I have been put forward for ENGIE’s Early Graduate Scheme. This will give me the chance to complete a variety of management and leadership training which will help me in the future.
What do you like the most about working for ENGIE?
I enjoy working at ENGIE as it has given me the opportunity to develop my skills while learning. I feel part of a community here.
What is the most important piece of advice you have ever been given?
Treat people the way you want to be treated.
Have you any general advice on how to build a career plan?
Don’t be scared to try new things.
What advice do you have for new apprentices?
The advice I would give to new apprentices is don't be scared to ask a lot of questions. The members in your team will be extremely helpful and will be happy to go out of their way to ensure you feel comfortable and receive the training you require.