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Visa launches IT apprenticeship scheme

Jenny Williams

Visa Europe has launched an IT apprenticeship scheme for school leavers.

The Visa Higher Apprenticeship Programme has vacancies for 12 people based in its new offices in Basingstoke, London Paddington and Reading.

"If you have a passion for technology, a love of people and can work hard, then this could be for you. Our on-the-job training programme gives you the opportunity to earn while you learn, gaining a foundation degree plus a level-four diploma in ICT professional competence and key skills qualifications," said Visa.

Applicants are required to have two A-levels or equivalent, one of which must be maths, computing, ICT, physics or combined science. Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above are also required, including English, maths and either IT or a science subject.

Chancellor George Osborne recently announced funding for 50,000 new apprenticeships over the next four years, and confirmed 80,000 additional work experience placements for young people as well as funding for 12 new university technical colleges.

Karen Price, CEO of e-Skills UK, says the 10,000 higher-level apprenticeships announced in the Budget, as well as a "suite of IT apprenticeship programmes that meet the needs of the sector", will go some way to driving growth in the IT industry.

To apply for the Visa Higher Apprenticeship Programme, visit PDS apprenticeship consultants' website and complete an online application form before 6 May 2011.


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