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The channel has been a consistent backer of new talent with apprenticeshipm schemes operating at all levels of the industry from vendor, distributor and reseller.
The latest to hold out a helping hand to the next generation is data and voice connectivity player Entanet, which has announced plans for its girst apprenticeship scheme.
The scheme is being run in conjunction with the Telford College of Arts and Technology and will see four apprentices work in the customer services and technical support core areas of Entanet's business.
During their time at Entanet the four workers will be given a chance to hit the levels in their Customer Services and IT Professional qualifications and get an insight into the most important parts of the business, giving them a platform to go further in the ICT industry.
“The introduction of our apprenticeship scheme perfectly complements our previously established programme of undergraduate placement and demonstrates our commitment to finding and keeping the best young talent in the local area," said Entanet chief executive Elsa Chen.
"As a technology business with a pioneering spirit, we recognise that the best way for us to secure our future with the best is to attract them early in their careers," she added.
Entanet has been based in Telford for the past two decades, and has no plans to move, and Tim Roberts, HR manager at the channel player, said that the local college had a very good reputation and had been flexible in tailoring the courses to meet the needs of the firm.
"The four candidates that we’ve hired have settled in extremely well and have demonstrated great skill in learning what each of their roles entails. We’re committed to promoting from within and foresee that each of these individuals will build great careers with Entanet," he said.
The experience of others in the channel that have launched apprenticeship schemes is that they become a permanent fixture with those on the programme gaining skills and the employers being introduced to new ideas from the next generation.
The Entanet scheme is open to further applications from those aged 17 or over who are interested in pursuing a career in the technology industry.