E-skills UK and several IT businesses have created a Tech Industry Gold apprenticeship with the aim of encouraging more employers to take on apprentices in roles that are in high demand.
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Bango, BT, Capgemini, Fujitsu, IBM, Oracle and Visa have been involved in designing the course standards, and are now accrediting training providers to deliver them.
The course’s standards have been set to teach apprentices the technical, interpersonal and business skills they need for roles in software and web development, cyber security, technical support and database analysis.
For training providers to become accredited in the Tech Industry Gold apprenticeship they have to show they can support quick development of the apprentice and the company they work for.
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David Keeling, chief operating officer at mobile payment services company Bango, said many smaller companies are either unaware of IT apprenticeships or believe an apprentice will be more of a cost than an asset.
“Our own apprentice scheme has shown us that the opposite is true, and we believe that these new apprenticeships will give more companies the confidence they need to recruit talent through this route," he said.
James Lawrence, Next Gen talent manager at Visa Europe, said it has been building a highly skilled and loyal workforce through IT apprenticeships for the past few years.
“By getting involved in the development of Tech Industry Gold apprenticeships, we’ve been able to share our knowledge and ensure that future apprentices quickly gain the skills that businesses need,” he said.