Crimson’s 2021 Academy cohort reflect on the first two months of their apprenticeship

Emily Schilling News

In September we welcomed our third cohort of apprentices to Crimson Academy. The scheme, which makes up over 25% of the company, continues to grow in popularity, and so hundreds of applicants were narrowed down to ten successful candidates.

September witnessed another big change to the Academy, as the Academy was joined by Jo Griffiths, Crimson’s new People Development Manager.

Starting in a new job on the same day as the Academy itself could have been quite a challenge however this has been made much easier by the incredible support from literally everyone at Crimson. We have had great support from Cat and Eddie, and also from the previous and current apprentices. The ten individuals, all very different personalities, have been fantastic to work with and are already growing as individuals and as a very supportive team. I am really looking forward to watching each person grow and develop in their chosen career route.

Jo Griffiths


The 2021 group of apprentices have now been with Crimson for almost two months and have already learnt a great deal about the company, its people, and the departments they will each be joining. Seven of the ten apprentices have reflected on their first weeks as a part of Crimson Academy.  

What’s your background?

“Joining Crimson has been a significant career change for me, having spent ten years working as an Operations Manager within the passenger transport industry. I’ve worked across the UK (London, Bristol, Glasgow), spent a year working in Singapore, and even worked on the London 2012 Olympics.”

Martin McNamara

“I recently graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Business Management. I worked at Severn Trent for a few months before University and spent three years working as a barman. I then heard about Crimson Academy, and thought it was a great opportunity!”

James Gwynne

I left school after completing my A-levels and decided I would take a gap year to travel, as I didn’t know what I wanted to do. After two and a half years travelling, I returned home at the start of 2021 and began a job in Sales. After a few months, I knew it wasn’t for me, so I applied for Crimson Academy after a friend recommended it to me. I didn’t think I would be successful, but I was pleasantly surprised when I found out I was going to be a part of the amazing team.

Viraj Sharma

What have you learnt so far?

“Already I have learnt so much from the different Crimson practices, as well as reading the books we’re assigned which have helped me to grasp new skills and develop my character. Everyone has been so welcome and kind-hearted, and I am extremely grateful to be a part of this team.”

Asna Varusai

“So far, I have been really impressed with the focus on growth and on improving both our technical and social skills. We have had talks from the department heads at Crimson, which showed the focus Crimson puts on its Academy. The task I enjoyed the most was building a machine learning model as a test project, which demonstrated the work a Data Analyst really does.”

Harry O’Connor

What are you most looking forward to?

“I’m most looking forward to getting started on project work and building my apprenticeship portfolio. We’ve covered a lot of valuable information during the onboarding process, so I’m excited to put this knowledge to practical use!”

Alexandra Brown

“I’m really looking forward to developing my testing skills and gaining knowledge of all the different ways and forms of testing. I’m also looking forward to building my knowledge of the company and meeting more of the people here!”

Sienna Devgun