Manufacturing apprentices have been enjoying a free education in IT after a business solutions specialist opened the doors to its training academy for customers. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, K3 Syspro welcomed apprentices and new graduates from across its manufacturing and distribution customer base for a free five-day training course in their SYSPRO Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application.
Cathie Hall, Managing Director at K3 Syspro explained why educating manufacturing and distribution apprentices in IT is critical: “Technology is advancing the future of manufacturing and distribution and many apprentices embarking on a career in these sectors will come across ERP at some point in their working lives. By giving them a quick five-day training course in SYSPRO, we are equipping them for the future and also adding value to their employers, because in time, these learners can become additional IT resources for our customers.”
National Apprenticeship week runs from 9th to 13th March and celebrates apprentices and the positive impacts they have on individuals businesses and the wider economy. The five-day event comes hot-on-the-heels of the launch of the new K3 Syspro Academy, later last year. The Academy, which employs both graduates and those who have left education, aims to teach all the business and technical skills required to enjoy a long and rewarding career in the technology industry.
Iain Goddard, who is currently an apprentice with heating and ventilation specialist manufacturer S&P Coils, commented on the training programme: “The K3 Syspro training was really informative and delivered in an easily digestible way. The programme combined an enthusiastic tutor, extra exercise manuals and a non-stop teaching style. I am now able to fluently use SYSPRO and a large amount of its functionality, despite never using the software before the training course. Since I finished the week long course, I’ve been able to take on more IT responsibilities, assisting with user issues, which without a doubt has helped further my career and helped solidify my role within the company.”
The self-funded event provided manufacturing apprentices from all backgrounds with the opportunity to gain valuable insight into SYSPRO ERP and its core functionality within a manufacturing and distribution environment. As well as learning the processes of ERP systems and how best to use the applications, apprentices were also given in depth training on creating purchase orders, using SYSPRO to produce reports and analyse performance. All apprentices who attended also gained a certificate of recognition from K3 and the opportunity for further learning and certification via an online learning zone.
Daniel Ford, an apprentice at explosive and blasting service specialist EPC Group, also commented: “The five day training course delivered extensive training in a number of key ERP issues such as purchasing orders, IT infrastructure and crystal reporting. The course provided a wealth of take-home materials to further improve my ERP knowledge. Since completing the course I have been able to utilise the knowledge I gained and put the theory into action.”