Capgemini is recruiting 100 IT apprentices in Birmingham and the surrounding area as part of its commitment to a government-backed project.
The 100 new apprentices will come on top of the 44 recruited in the region by Capgemini, the French IT services giant, last year.
The extra places have been opened up after the 2012 programme revealed interest in apprenticeships as an alternative to university, said Capgemini.
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Some of the apprentices will able to go on and gain a funded BSc (Hons) degree in computing and IT practice.
GCSE and equivalent level students can do an 18-month advanced apprenticeship programme and those with A-levels or equivalent can do a five-year higher apprenticeship/sponsored degree programme.
These include 12 weeks at the Capgemini National Apprentice Training Centre, followed by on the job training.
Brian Sinclair, head of fresher recruitment at Capgemini UK, said the company is looking to recruit people with a passion for IT who have ambitions of becoming IT professionals.
“Last year's apprentice intake has been a huge success with our clients and our managers," he said. "This year, we want more of the hardworking students from Britain's industrial heartland for roles based in the West Midlands, an area of strategic importance to Capgemini.”
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Capgemini said it offers permanent roles to all apprentices.
The IT services firm raised its planned intake of apprentices in 2012 from 98 to 200.
This is part of a government-backed project that saw nine UK IT service providers agree to take on more IT apprentices to help bridge the gap between education and the workplace
The Ministry of Justice and private charity Business in the Community have backed the project and Accenture, Atos, Capgemini, CSC, Fujitsu, HP, Logica, Siemens and Steria have all signed up to the charter.