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Congratulations to our Graduates

Oct
1st

Congratulations to our Graduates

Posted by Rachel Kelly
Degree Apprenticeships
This week, some of our team members are graduating after a long few years of lots of hard work. They joined as Graduate Apprentices back in September 2018, whilst studying Digital and Technology Solutions at The University of Sunderland and they're finally completing their studies to begin new, permanent roles with tombola.

Congratulations to Cameron Laing, Kaine Miller and Michael Cooper.

Here their managers tell us why they've loved having the guys as part of their teams.

This week, some of our team members are graduating after a long few years of lots of hard work. They joined as Graduate Apprentices back in September 2018, whilst studying Digital and Technology Solutions at The University of Sunderland and they're finally completing their studies to begin new, permanent roles with tombola.

Congratulations to Cameron Laing, Kaine Miller and Michael Cooper.

Here their managers tell us why they've loved having the guys as part of their teams.

"Cam has been and will continue to be an asset to both the Ops Support team and the tombola family. Cams mains duties in the world of Ops Support has been our account/ equipment provisioning and providing top quality support to our colleagues when needed.

As part of his studies Cam has been working with the team on some automation works for the user account provisioning process to help make this process easier to the team and help in the quick onboarding of our new starters.

I'm sure everyone at some point has been helped by Cam and I look forward to working with Cam for years to come. "
Graeme Orton, Ops Support Manager

"From their first days in the office Michael and Kaine were affectionately referred to as Michael Kaine, inseparable from each other but also there to support each other on their tombola journey.

It didn’t take long though for both Michael and Kaine to show their own personalities and integrate into the team. Although when we realised they hadn’t seen Jurassic Park it made the rest of us feel pretty old.

Within weeks we could see that the pair were going to be a great additional and more than capable of being valuable team members long before they graduated from their apprenticeships. The first major piece of work the pair picked up together was rewriting our Emoji game from javascript to TypeScript.

After this both Michael and Kaine took on projects on their own.

Michael
After starting with Emoji Michael was tasked with helping out on a variety of projects ranging from ticket fetchers to updating our games to help with the release of Sweden and Denmark's suite of arcade games. Michael was also instrumental in the work on Flip to add in the new bonus rounds. Once Flip was live, Michael began work on a new scratch mechanic that unfortunately never saw the light of day due to mechanic issues however his work and attitude on that project was always positive.

Currently Michael is working on our next free game which is scheduled for release in January.

Kaine
The next undertaking for Kaine was working on multiple game rewrites to bring them up to date with our newer tech stack. The list of games he worked on includes spin 1, spin 2, glow and bubble. Kaine then spent some time updating our game lobbies to help accommodate our rapidly expanding suite of games. More recently Kaine helped update the I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! free game.

Currently, Kaine is working on a match and win game. 

The biggest compliment I can pay to both Michael and Kaine during their time at tombola is that after their first few months we didn’t see them as apprentices, they were developers, and more importantly they were members of the team."
Tom Jolly, Game Lead - arcade

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