A lover of Japanese culture and known affectionately amongst his work colleagues as Banzi, nineteen-year-old Josh Layton has not looked back since starting his Apprenticeship with Manchester-based software developer fissara. 

Having toyed briefly with the idea of becoming a Deliveroo rider Josh decided to explore other options and did some research into the apprenticeship route, although we’re pretty sure he would have prefered the option of being the lead role in a remake of the hit TV series The Water Margin. 

Josh joined fissara in October 2015 on a two-year apprenticeship with The Manchester College and has rapidly become an integral member of the team of ten. fissara is developing a revolutionary field force management software platform and Josh is working in a team of developers, programmers, customer relationship managers and sales consultants.

Having initially studied a Creative Media BTEC with The Cheadle College Josh decided to choose the apprenticeship route and took up the role as software developer and tester with fissara. Commenting on his apprenticeship Josh took the opportunity to talk about his job during National Apprenticeship Week: “It was a really good move for me to join a small, rapidly growing company rather than a really big one where you feel like you are just a number.

 “fissara is a new, young company and every person in the team has the opportunity to make a big impact on the direction of the company and to play a part in its success. What I really love about the job is that you can see the results of your work put into action and you are part of a tight team of people where every person is valued and important.

 “The apprenticeship scheme opened doors for me which may otherwise have been closed because I had decided that I did not want to follow a career in the same field in which I had studied my BTEC.”

Following the success of recruiting Josh, the fissara team is working with Trafford College to find another apprentice to support the sales and marketing function. If you are interested then get in touch with us here.

Josh works for fissara at the company’s new offices at The Millbrook Centre in Wythenshawe, hardly “Liang Shan Po” but it does have at least one desk of which Lin Chong would have been proud….