GoFurther – the home of homegrown talent
"It’s exciting to look back at what we’ve achieved since launching the GoFurther Academy 12 months ago: expanding partnerships with colleges, schools and universities have given opportunities to local talent, whilst continuing see the benefits of our investment in the great team we already have at GoCo Group."
Alex Currie, VP of People and Talent, GoCo Group plc
Welcome to the class of 2019
This year the GoFurther Academy partnered with Swansea University to provide the degree portion of our degree apprenticeship. Swansea University, the top-ranked university in Wales in the Times University of the Year 2019, boasts the latest high-quality teaching and research equipment in a brand new £32.5m Computational Foundry.
We had an overwhelming response to our advertisement for our second year of degree apprentices, with close to 200 applications for five spaces. After interviewing 40 shortlisted candidates, we worked with Swansea University to whittle it down to our class of 2019.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am originally from Italy and I’ve been living in the UK for five years. I came to the UK to do a master’s degree in Politics, Media and Performance at Aberystwyth University, after completing a bachelor degree in what is known in Italy as Modern Letters.
What were your thoughts when you first heard about the opportunity?
I had just started my second year of A-Levels when I first heard about the opportunity. Everyone in my Sixth Form was applying to university and there was an overall focus on the students being fed to universities.
I had never been fussed about furthering my education through the traditional university route (due to the debt incurred, no workplace skills and no regular income) but at the time it didn’t feel like there were many other options available. I started applying for higher apprenticeships, but degree apprenticeships seemed hard to come by
When I saw that GoCompare was advertising a degree apprenticeship I saw it as a great opportunity to start my career in software development.
Junior Cyber Security Engineer
Jamie Pine started 2019 on our first cyber security internship through the GoFurther Academy to complement his undergraduate studies exploring the world of cyber. Jamie’s keen interest in finding out, and applying, how businesses combat cyber security issues led him from intern to a full-time role at GoCompare.
How long have you worked at GoCompare?
I’ve worked at GoCompare for three years. I started as a Customer Service and Complaints Assistant, which I did for two years. Then I became a Business Service Advisor, where I concentrated on obtaining quality and accurate data from our insurance partners. This year I moved to the legal team as a Legal Assistant.