We are delighted to share that one of our computer donation volunteers, Abubakr, has recently been hired as a Technology Support Assistant Intern at the Edinburgh University’s School of Economics.
To celebrate Abubakr’s new chapter, we sat down to reflect on his journey so far and the lessons he’s learned along the way. Here’s what he had to say about his time at the Turing Trust…
My volunteering experience has helped me put theory into practice and gain hands-on experience with various technologies, which boosted my confidence when applying for jobs.Abubakr, Turing Trust Volunteer
“I feel privileged to have spent time with The Turing Trust. I’ve gained a good amount of hands-on experience that’s contributed to where I am today, working with the University of Edinburgh as a Technology Support Assistant.
My volunteering experience has helped me put theory into practice and gain hands-on experience with various technologies, which boosted my confidence when applying for jobs. While volunteering for The Turing Trust, I was also working towards my NPA. Balancing deadlines with volunteering taught me to work under pressure and manage my workload effectively.
The health and safety training on handling electrical equipment and e-waste with The Turing Trust has helped me develop new skills and understand the importance of a safe working environment.
I owe The Turing Trust my thanks, respect and appreciation for opening the volunteering door to me back in March 2021. Thank you to everyone in the organisation who has supported me throughout my journey and helped me to reach my goal of being employed in the IT field.”
Best of luck in your new role, Abubakr! It’s been a pleasure working with you.
Our founder and CEO, James Turing, adds:
“Last year we had a tremendous 153 volunteers support us in myriad ways. Together they have helped us with over 7,500 hours of hard work, ranging from packing containers on shipping days to the all-important refurbishment of computers. We are also immensely proud of the dozens of volunteers who have supported us whilst also using the opportunity to improve their own skill sets and develop their careers. Over the last year, we have seen 15 of our volunteers go on to find quality jobs.”