Jordan’s finished his web developer apprenticeship – it’s now official!

Well, here we are. Nearly two years on since Jordan started (Oct ’12) he’s finally been presented with his Apprenticeship Certificate of Achievement. I say finally because he should have received it in December, but for one reason or another it took 8 months to arrive.

A proud moment for Team CRE8
A proud moment for Team CRE8

We’ve been itching to release this news article, so here we are. Well done Jordan. In the time you’ve been here (as my first employee), I’ve done my very best to train you as well as I can – I’ve passed on all my coding knowledge – and now you know more than me. Keep up the good work and I look forward to working with you for many years…

Jordan – 2 years on

Jordan started in October 2012, and did day release at the Apprentice College in Manchester for 13 months. During his time there he learned all aspects of Web Development over many modules.

However, I’d say (and I suppose I would) that it was his time spent here where he really started to excel.

October 1st 2012 was an important day in the life of Jordan Norcross: the beginning of my apprenticeship and my exciting journey with CRE8. It doesn’t seem like that was nearly 2 years ago but I have learnt so much it’s untrue. My apprenticeship has set me up with skills for life, allowing me to grow, not only as a web developer but also as a person.

They say there is no ‘I’ in team and working at CRE8 is a prime example of that. Now that our team has been extended to 3 full time working staff, we have really started to make progress, whether it’s bouncing ideas off each other or being on hand with some simple advice. It’s been a pleasure seeing the company move forward and introduce important processes and procedures enabling us to take the company to the next level.

With thanks to Paul Newton (mentor and the boss) for all the help and support he has given me.

Jordan is only too aware that learning never stops, especially in this sector. Technology moves forward every day, so we can’t afford to fall behind.

One of the biggest changes to our business over the last two years has been the advent of Responsive Web Design (RWD). The shift in online content consumption (to smartphones and tablet devices) has been massive – now half the visits to your website are from these devices, rather than a traditional desktop or laptop computer.

This created challenges for our business. Over the last 6-8 months we’ve been working hard to get our knowledge up to scratch. The language is the same (HTML and CSS) but the way we code is now completely different.

Jordan, to his credit took up the challenge and has never looked back.

On the first of August this month Jordan was promoted to the position of Front End Web Developer.

Congratulations Jordan, and well done for completing your apprenticeship and also going above and beyond the call of duty for our business.

Onwards and upwards.

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