The Social Mobility Pledge: Chris Bocking, IT Support

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Chris Bocking joined True Potential Investor as an apprentice, and has firmly established himself as a key member of our IT support team.

At True Potential Investor we we were one of the first businesses to sign the Social Mobility Pledge, demonstrating our commitment to progressing talent from all backgrounds. Launched by Justine Greening MP and the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility the pledge has been signed by major businesses such as BT and Adidas. We were delighted to welcome Justine Greening to our offices recently, and she saw for herself how young people are benefiting from the Social Mobility Pledge at True Potential Investor.

“Originally, I intended to finish my Sixth form qualifications and work towards a career in IT, initially this seemed like a great idea – since it’s the beaten path that most aspiring professionals take in life.

But during my second year of sixth form I decided to branch out and pinpoint my learning, this is where True Potential came in. After spending a few months searching for the perfect apprenticeship I chanced upon a start-up career in IT here at TP.

What had me hooked initially was the idea that I could be paid a substantial amount to learn and make a career for myself. Being given the luxury to obtain both work experience and IT specific qualifications was something that I find a lot of Uni students will not come across. Currently I am doing a level 4 Baltic IT specialist course, this gives me a broad range of topics to delve into and leaves me with a wide range of knowledge.

Starting a new job can be quite nervous for people at any point in their life young and old, fortunately with this apprenticeship I’ve been nurtured in a sense that I’ve been able to grow into an efficient, intelligent worker. The skills I’ve learnt from being in a working environment are substantial to my growth and my appeal to future potential employers, hopefully with the right aptitude and demeanour I can excel in my career path.”

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