Press Release – Astec expands with Microsoft backed talent


Local IT company expands with Microsoft backed talent.

Local IT company, Astec Computing, has expanded their support team with the introduction

of a new apprentice position. Eighteen year old James Copper joins the company as part of

Microsoft’s ‘Britain Works’ scheme for Microsoft Partners. The scheme was launched in 2010 to

bring 16 to 18 year olds into the industry. The apprenticeship will give over a year of intensive

training and examinations alongside a hands-on role in a real support environment. Completion

of the apprenticeship scheme will see ex St Bede’s student James qualified as a Microsoft Desktop

Support Engineer.


Managing Director Phil Astell commented “We are incredibly pleased to welcome James on board.

Having received approximately 50 applications from one local advertisement, James stood out as

an exceptional candidate. The training that James will receive has huge value both to James and the

company but it doesn’t stop there. On completion of the apprenticeship, we will develop and on-

going training path for James. I see this as a long-term investment although with James’ enthusiasm

and ability, I’m sure he will make an immediate impact in the business.”


The Microsoft Apprenticeship Programme enables Microsoft partners to recruit and develop

qualified, Microsoft Certified technical support staff. The Programmes’ intensive learning periods

also ensure Apprentices are up-to-speed and of value to the business, much faster than in a

traditional apprenticeship.


About Astec Computing

Astec Computing is an IT solutions and support provider based in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex.

The business was started in 1992 and provides a one-stop IT & communications service for small

and medium businesses, schools and other organisations in the South East. The company currently

employs 9 staff.


The company main website can be found at

Microsoft Britain Works website can be found at


Contact Information

Astec Computing (UK) Ltd

Astec House, Sedlescombe Road South, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0TA

Main Tel 01424 460721

Fax 01424 430888

General email


For more information regarding this press release, please contact:

Phil Astell, Managing Director

Direct dial number 01424 464619


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