It’s National Apprenticeship Week and Green Machine Computers, an IT recycling and training academy, is on the lookout for more unwanted IT equipment to refurbish, recycle or prepare for reuse. Currently supporting 5 IT apprentices, they need more equipment to fill up the team.
Green Machine believes that too much unwanted or used IT is dumped in landfill or crushed, when its useful life may not be over. They want to stop that and use it for the common good. The majority of refurbished equipment is offered at preferential rates or donated to local charities, schools, VSOs and SMEs.
Steve Wilson, Chief Recycling Advocate at Green Machine said: “We give young trainees an opportunity to learn about IT by working on donated equipment under expert supervision. These trainees often have an interest in IT from a gaming background and some have had learning difficulties. We’re proud that we can help them go on to gain a formal qualification through an accredited IT apprenticeship.”
Reece Martin, IT apprentice and beneficiary of the scheme at Green Machine said: “Coping with my learning difficulties has put me at a huge disadvantage in life. However I now do things without hesitation, that I previously could not do, such as daily commuting, concentrating at work and interacting with colleagues and customers alike. It’s amazing to think I will get a formal IT qualification at the end too. Working at Green Machine has changed my world.”