Our Learner of the Month for December is Callum Mullins, a Data Analyst Apprentice at Leicester City Council based in Leicester, who is currently on a Level 4 Data Analyst apprenticeship.
Leicester City Council is the unitary authority serving the people, communities and businesses of Leicester, the biggest city in the East Midlands.
Callum was nominated by his skills coach Sonal Dunne, who mentioned “Callum has shown a natural enthusiasm and appetite for learning data analysis. His work based projects have completed to a high standard and he particularly excels in statistical modelling. It has been a privilege to coach Callum and watch him grow and flourish throughout the apprenticeship.”
“The IT industry has always appealed to me because it’s so creative, even data analysis involves creating visualisations and creative solutions to problems. Also, it’s always changing. Not only are there always different approaches to problems, but also changes in technology, code and software packages. Which means there is an ever growing potential set of tools to learn about and utilise.
In the future, I’d like to be in a position where I get used to data analysis and data visualisation more than I do now, in an environment that wasn’t restricted to specific platforms or tools. My pain passion is natural history so I’d like to focus on analysis that could provide insights into the natural world. I think it is such a useful skill (at any level) therefore I would like to help others to learn about data, analysis and coding.
In work, I have gained more confidence with my approach to data analysis and changed some of my work processes for the better. During training at Estio, I liked the variety of topics covered and the expertise of my trainers and coaches.
I learnt how to do data analysis with R – which has now become my favourite and go-to tool. The topics and concepts that I learnt through the apprenticeship have made me produce work that is more robust, documented and future proof.
The module I enjoyed most was data analysis tools, it was great to learn about and implement different algorithms for a variety of analysis problems.
Some parts of the data analysis concepts module were challenging, not only were they theoretical concepts but also new to me and difficult for me to contextualise in my current job role.
My trainers and skills coach have been excellent throughout the learning experience. Not only have they been accommodating to my job, but also to the technical difficulties that we had. They have always been willing to take the time to explain ideas and they generated a huge amount of learning resources that reinforced the concepts and made passing the exams possible.
I’ve always enjoyed learning new things and the opportunity to do that at work, gaining skills that would be beneficial for my job and for my future seems too good to miss. I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to a friend.”
Callum’s line manager comments on his progression throughout the apprenticeship:
“Callum has continued to learn and develop new skills throughout his apprenticeship, and has demonstrated his ability to successfully apply these within the workplace. Callum has actively used his initiative to incorporate the skills that he has learnt through his training in a range of projects, and is very confident in doing so. Callum always approaches difficult and complex situations with a positive and proactive manner, and as a result of his apprenticeship training, has often found new opportunities to improve the efficiency of processes related to complex data analysis requests. I wish to congratulate Callum on his excellent progress through his apprenticeship, and for achieving his Learner of the Month Award- it is well deserved!”
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