What are the benefits of taking on IT apprentices?
With over two million apprenticeships starting in the UK since 2010, more IT companies are starting to offer their own schemes. Jade Burke finds out how beneficial they are and how it can help students break into the IT industry…
Apprenticeships are starting to cause a buzz in the IT industry. With political parties talking up schemes in the run up to the general election, and large tech companies such as Microsoft having their own ones in place, the future is bright for young people. According to Gov.co.uk, since 2010 there have been over two million apprenticeships in England, and now Prime Minister David Cameron wants more. Speaking in Parliament, Cameron said: “The last Parliament saw more than 2.2 million new apprenticeships start, and the Queen’s Speech will help to create three million more.”
Many young people are snapping up apprenticeships as a means to get into an industry and the IT sector is no different, as more and more companies are starting to see the benefits of employing an apprentice.
VIP Computers director Rich Marsden says: “We get to bring people in at an early age who we can mould to do the things that we want them to do.
“They’re enthusiastic without a doubt because we gave them that opportunity and training.”
By acting as an alternative to university, students are able to gain the skills they need whilst earning and learning at the same time. Graham Hunter, VP of skills certification EME at CompTIA, concurs: “Organisations that use apprenticeships get candidates with industry-relevant skills that are learning company culture as well as technical skill.
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