There has been plenty of talk in the last couple of weeks about the prospect of a digital skills shortage and the need to educate the next generation to try to make sure that the UK is in a position to compete in the future.
In the past few years the channel has been at the forefront of doing its bit to get the next generation armed with the right skills and the latest to increase its commitment to apprenticeships is managed print specialist Danwood.
Danwood is working with ESTIO Training to provide a year's worth of training to ten apprentices aged between 16 to 24 giving them the skills they need to secure a future in the IT sector.
All of the participants will get internal training that will work with a framework covering the advanced apprenticeship for IT, software, web and telecoms professionals, the level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals, BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in ICT systems and principles, functional skills, Maths L2, English L2 and ICT L2 and the CompTIA A+.
Beth Rose, technical training manager at Danwood, said that the apprentice scheme was not only designed to give a year's worth of training but also proide them with a platform for future development.
”We’re proud that our programme will help both motivate our own workforce and strengthen the community by providing employment and training opportunities to local young talent. At the end of the 12 months, not only will the apprentices have achieved internationally recognised qualifications but they will also become a trainee engineer in the field," she said.
"This investment provides a fantastic opportunity for the business to build a workforce that has exactly the right skills and attitude to support the future of the print and document management industry," she added.
At the start of the week Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella used his first speech in London to also talk up the need for more IT education and said it had been involved with thousands of apprentices.