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Crispin Read
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Blogger, speaker, consultant: Strategy, UX, Open Source tech (Drupal in particular) ~ also very likely to chat about #nptech, cycling and crisps.
Blogger, speaker, consultant: Strategy, UX, Open Source tech (Drupal in particular) ~ also very likely to chat about #nptech, cycling and crisps.

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Barney working now 

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Don't forget to buy your ticket to +Drupal Camp Brighton now will you?

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Drupal Yorkshire meetUp next Wednesday - +Drupal8 talk with free pizza and beer ~ how come you're not going?

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Here's my first post for the +Curve Agency Blog. As a MASSIVE surprise it is about the Drupal Apprenticeship scheme :)

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Here's my first post for the +Curve Agency Blog. As a MASSIVE surprise it is about the Drupal Apprenticeship scheme :)

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sometimes ~ don't you wish it was still the 90s?

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Can anyone help out with some online mentoring over the next week and a half?
 We are currently mentoring the new apprentices through their two week pre-apprenticeship training in basic site building using the first foundation modules of Open Drupal.

This hangout event will run until the end of the training on 31st October - anyone who can provide online mentoring should be able to sign in and out of the hangout as and when they can provide online support in the chatroom.

More details here https://plus.google.com/108951358695862655303/posts/biWXpZVkvH5

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Drupal apprenticeship mentoring - please share

In our industry, specifically in Drupal development, there is a distinct shortage of developers - especially junior developers. There are also people from certain socio economic backgrounds who are potentially, and unnecessarily, excluded from starting a career in web development.

One of the community projects I am involved in is the Drupal Apprenticeship scheme. This is a scheme whereby we find young people who might lack the means to a university education but can display and aptitude for web development and we place them in apprenticeship positions in companies using Drupal on a day to day basis.

Before they go to work in a company we give them two weeks of Drupal training in site building and code basics - this way they are significantly less of a potential burden to the workforce or team that take them on. They are also skilled enough to build their own simple Drupal sites. We have outlined a basic lesson plan comprising of tutorials to create a basic blog site for themselves and then some more in depth learning followed by some project work based on simplified versions of real world website projects.

Mentoring
During this first two weeks of pre-apprenticeship training volunteers from the Drupal community drop in for a day or so to assist the trainers by being available to answer questions from the apprentices about the lessons or projects they are working on. Some mentors also prepare short presentations on simple Drupal specifics such as taxonomy, content types, views, blocks…

The apprentices also gain a great deal by asking mentors questions about their jobs and careers, having tours of sites that we have built or are building now. A look into how big and clever a Drupal site can be.

London October 2014
I’m looking for a few more mentors to help with the next set of pre-apprenticeship training in London right now - if you can spare a day this week or next please get in touch with me here or on Twitter @crispin_read


For more info about the scheme please see here:
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