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Egg joins forces with University of Derby to hatch new IT academy

Antony Savvas

Internet bank Egg has made the University of Derby its first call in the search for young people to join its new Information Technology Academy.

Egg, based in Derby, is one of the largest employers in the East Midlands and has an IT department of more than 300 people, including 60 programmers.

It is now boosting its computing skills knowledge still further with the establishment of a new IT Academy.

Its search for computing students - particularly with a knowledge of database design and compliant web mark-up - for its new academy began with a visit to the University of Derby's Kedleston Road site, to talk to students from the School of Computing about work placement opportunities.

An initial four University of Derby placements - more may follow once these placements have been assessed - will begin this summer.

They will offer students:

13 months' work experience as part of their degree course

A "competitive" salary package

Mentoring by experienced Egg staff

Opportunity for a permanent position after the course's final year

Roy Aston, head of IT development for Egg, said that the university had been approached first in its recruitment drive for the new IT Academy because of the reputation of its School of Computing.

He said, "It is a fantastic opportunity for the students to gain real-life experience of working in their chosen discipline and receive targeted training to develop their IT and business skills. It enables us to find the talent of the future for our organisation."

One of the successful applicants' first projects will be to construct a website giving information about the IT Academy.

Dr Kamal Bechkoum, head of the university's School of Computing said, "Our partnership with a hi-tech employer like Egg presents our students with an exciting opportunity to enrich their learning experience.

"We are delighted with this fantastic link, which will no doubt help us maximise the benefits for our learners, employers, the economy and society."

Egg was sold by Prudential to Citigroup last year. Citigroup is now planning up to 25,000 redundancies across its operations, with many of them hitting its various IT divisions.

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