British Airways (BA) has taken the first wave of students on to its apprenticeship scheme with ten candidates joining the company.
This year the company plans to recruit more than 200 students on the programme, which includes schemes in IT, engineering and operations. The 200 will add to the existing 340 already undertaking apprenticeships or finishing college courses ready for their apprenticeships.
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Ten apprentices started with BA recently two of which were Laura Anderson and Chris Goodrich who both demonstrated an interest in IT and the travel industry. They started at BA in March and work in the 24/7 Service Support role in IT. Both will work on the team whilst studying for their BTEC Level 3 qualification at Uxbridge College.They will be mentored throughout the two year scheme.
“We are very much on the frontline of IT operations; if a problem arises we are there to fix it,” said Goodrich.
Rory Gillies, British Airways IT resource manager, said: “Last year through word of mouth alone we received over 180 applications for ten places.
“The IT apprenticeship schemes are all about finding the IT talent of the future. In conjunction with Uxbridge College we are ensuring that talented young individuals are getting the best start to their career in the world of IT.”
Applications are now being accepted for the next wave of apprentices. Entries are open until the first week of June. Applications for a new IT security apprenticeship are also being accepted, which is running alongside the current programme.