This week, we are celebrating National Coding Week (14-20 September), a week where businesses are being urged to shout about all things digital within their operations to help reduce the digital skills gap.
We speak to our solutions architect lead Luke Bishop to find out more about his career and how coding plays a vital part in the business.
Luke said: “I joined the company 10 years ago as an apprentice when I was 15. I’ve always had an interest in IT and I was planning on going to college, but when I finished school, I saw the vacancy and applied for it. There weren’t many IT apprenticeships around at the time so I knew it was a great opportunity.
“When I was an apprentice, I was generally helping out within the IT department, configuring equipment, supporting with development and assisting the IT manager at the time.”
It was during his apprenticeship that Luke was given a book from a colleague – 28 days of coding – to help him learn the skill.
Luke added: “I never really understood coding at the time, but the book had different exercises to follow so I started working through it and learned how the different systems are built.”
Fast-forward 10 years and Luke is now using coding to develop efficient systems for nmcn.
He added: “Coding is still very much a part of my job. We’ve built different enterprise systems for recording business data which is used throughout the business. We’ve also created bespoke systems to use internally for things like site activity, so we can capture data which makes the processes much more efficient.
“I really like the technical challenge that coding brings. I enjoy interpreting the business challenge and creating a solution that makes their job easier and efficient. I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing people use a system that I have created.
“My role also includes managing a team of six in the IT department, managing the workload for the team, looking for IT solutions, overseeing incident support and looking into newer technology and innovative ideas to implement within the business.”
Luke, who is now using his own experience to train the future generation in the department, said: “We’ve just taken on a new member of the team who doesn’t have much experience so I’m looking forward to using everything I have learned from my time here to help train him. I’d also like to take on apprentices for the department in the future.”
Luke’s advice for anyone looking to develop a career in coding is to get experience. He said: “My advice is to do as much practical work as you can to learn coding and look at standards and best practices. There’s a lot of opportunities in IT at the moment because it’s continually developing, which makes it a good career choice and an exciting industry.”
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