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Case Study: Paul Finch

Published on 01 May 2020

It is common to think that once you have a full-time job, your education stops. Here at Technocamps and the Institute of Coding in Wales, we believe that learning is a continuous process that you can pursue at any stage of life.

Swansea University’s Degree Apprenticeship in Applied Software Engineering adopts a ‘learn and earn’ approach combining work and study. For Paul Finch, Systems Manager at EPS Construction Ltd, this apprenticeship was a chance to improve his company’s IT systems and develop his own digital skills.

Throughout the three-year programme, Paul interacted with fellow students from a wide variety of companies all developing the same digital skill set.

In his final year Paul developed his most successful piece of software, which now forms part of EPS’ financial system. The software works by identifying and recovering contract variances. These variances can occur for a number of reasons but mean that a company’s contract budget can change dramatically.

Already in partial deployment, the software has saved EPS £70,000, and Company Director Jonathan Fleming estimates that once fully deployed, it will save them £400,000 per year.

Through apprenticeships like Paul’s, the DA programme proves that higher education doesn’t end when you get a job. For employers, it shows that collaboration with educators can develop and upskill their workforce, better preparing their organisations for the digital future.

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