Vpress are delighted to welcome a new member of staff to their growing team. Kiran Chakraborty joined the Development team in mid-July as an Apprentice Software Developer and is fast learning the ropes in the Web2Print world.

As a local to Cheltenham, Kiran joins us from Gloucestershire College where he received his diploma in Software and App Development, earning a distinction grade.  During his course, he learned a wide number of programming languages. Kiran decided to take the apprentice route after his studies so that he could earn a further qualification while working at the same time.

He says, ‘it was brilliant getting hands on experience and key knowledge to bring into the workplace. During this time, I learned to use programming languages to the point where I was able to do things like build websites from scratch or rebuild online games in C#. I am very much looking forward to building on what I have learned.’

‘In IT, it’s always moving forward and there is a lot to learn, not just about programming languages. Doing an apprenticeship at the same time, putting what I have learned into practice and getting to know a new industry, it’s really exciting, and the kind of challenge that I have been looking forward to. I am pleased to have the opportunity to learn about the printing industry and how software can make its impact.  Vpress as a company are also dedicated in keeping up to speed with technological advances – they have to be to work with the world’s biggest brands, and I think that there are few places that can keep up like Vpress do.’

Kiran will be working on a number of projects during his apprenticeship that will test what he has already learned and spot areas for development.

Technical Director James Hall says ‘we believe in working with apprentices and giving people the opportunity to make a difference in the print sector, ultimately we all have a duty to invest in our industry.’

‘Kiran has a strong pedigree in front end development, but he will be working with our existing team of both front and back end developers which will only further develop his technical skillset, while introducing him to the complexities of the print industry. We’re looking forward to showing him how the more theoretical skills he learned during his diploma can be put into practice. We have big plans for the development of our Coreprint solution and we believe that the skills that he has will only assist Coreprint’s progression.’

Vpress have already had experience of taking on an apprentice, having welcomed Ava Doran to the team in 2015. She completed her apprenticeship in pre-press earlier in 2018 and following on from there has set the bar even higher having won a Print Futures Award in July.

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