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I’m Tomasz Czech, and I’m a 24 year-old apprentice web developer here at WDL. If there’s anyone who’s quiet and calm in the company, well, it’s definitely me. I try to be focused and I’m extremely dedicated to my work. In a very short space of time I’ve been given the chance to gain a different learning experience and I’m really enjoying my time here.
A little bit about me and my journey to WDL. I was born in the south west of Poland in a town called Opole. When I was 12 years old I got my first taste of Britain by bravely traveling here for a holiday on my own – 1500km by coach.
I lived in Poland for 21 years and spent 14 years studying there. In 2001 I started my further education at a group of Electrical Schools.
Over the years I’ve undergone various working experiences. I’ve worked in a mechanical parts factory (Tower Automotive) assembling bottom holders for the newest Fiat 500 model and in a print house (Opolgraf), supporting books production.
During my teenage years I developed experience by self-studying computer skills, and I discovered not only how to use a computer, but how to install and configure software packages and hardware maintenance too. This in turn gave me the opportunity to help and assist my friends and colleagues with their computer problems (most of them were successful) whilst boosting my confidence and encouraging me to look forward to a brighter future.
At the age of 21 I was determined to move to England, and straight after I graduated from Upper Secondary School as Technician of Telecommunication, I did. Upon arriving in the UK I began searching for opportunities and E2V came my way. I had the chance to work there as an operator who assembles marine magnetrons – which are used in submarines – as well as the opportunity to learn how to build up and inspect anodes and cathodes under microscope. E2V acknowledged my skills and gave me a permanent contract.
During my free time at E2V I studied an English ESOL Level 1, Level 2 Course and OCR Level 1 and Level 2 course in Adult Numeracy and achieved these qualifications.
I’d been really satisfied with the new job but unfortunately I couldn’t carry on – with extended time off work and the termination of my contract I had to think again.
I finally made up my mind to travel back to Chelmsford, decided not to give up hope and to find another opportunity. I still had the desire to work in the IT industry as I knew this was really my passion, so I applied for an IT/Web Design Apprenticeship and trusted my instincts.
Then I met WDL. My instincts were right. WDL have given me a helping hand and, so far, have supported me all the way. The team at WDL helps to boost my confidence on a daily basis and I’ve been learning and acquiring new skills and knowledge which give me the satisfaction and contentment I need to develop in this industry. With the help and guidance of the supportive and talented team at WDL, I feel that I have gained a better perspective on my career goals.