Hey Sam, what are your responsibilities at Microtrading?
I began at Microtrading as an apprentice two years ago. Now as a fully qualified IT Support Technician, I’m responsible for handling a variety of support calls and ensuring that all our client backups are running effectively every day.
‘Backup and data recovery’ is a particular speciality and passion of mine, and I encourage our clients to ask me virtually anything on this topic! I’m highly experienced in the full range of Microsoft Office products as well, so I also field a lot of those queries and issues. In addition, I have extensive knowledge of all things pertaining to workstations, including installation of new programs and applications.
What drives you in your role?
I’m a really passionate problem solver – I love fixing things and improving situations. Working at Microtrading, I get a new challenge practically every hour and it’s so enjoyable – there’s so much variety and the solutions can be inspiring. Also, having that level of responsibility for our clients’ IT means there is a significant sense of achievement for me.
In addition, the attitude of the Microtrading team around me is a great motivator. There’s a family vibe here – we work as a team and we help each other out – it’s great for morale!
What experience do you bring to the role?
Throughout both school and college, I was always very interested and highly accomplished in IT. When I completed my college education with a distinction in IT, I knew that I would probably enjoy a career in the sector.
When I moved to Birmingham, I looked for a company where I could drive my skills forward and I joined Microtrading’s apprenticeship scheme.
I gained an in-depth level of knowledge and experience throughout the apprenticeship with Microtrading, giving me a comprehensive ability to help our clients.
What do you do in your spare time?
I’m an avid football fan. I play for a 5-a-side team in Birmingham, which is lots of fun, and I have a season ticket for Crystal Palace, so I make trips to see those games. I also love to travel and explore new places around the UK.
Some words from Andrew Penlington
Andrew Penlington, Director of Microtrading, said: ”Our IT support technicians are the foundation of the business. We’re proud to have seen Sam develop through our apprenticeship scheme to become our specialist in backup and disaster recovery. We look forward to seeing him continue to grow his experience and knowledge with us, and fulfil his considerable potential to operate at a senior level within our team.”