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UKFast to increase apprentice numbers

The firm is looking to increase the number of apprentices working in the business significantly in the next year

With A Level results out and the summer drawing to a close plenty of young people are thinking about their future and what sort of career.

Some might well be heading into the channel and for a few there could be a warm berth waiting for them at UKFast, which has is extending its commitment to apprenticeships.

The Manchester-based firm has already got several years under its belt of working with apprentices and after four years they constitute a fifth of the workforce.

The firm is planning to increase its number of apprentices from the current 60 up to 100 over the next year and is starting to recruit now.

“What we're seeing in our apprenticeships is that the candidates maintain the momentum they have after leaving school. This gives them a massive opportunity to hit the ground running and to be in a significantly better financial position than they would have been if they’d gone to university. £100,000 better off after three years in some cases," said UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones.

“We see apprentices developing at UKFast at an amazing rate and they’re now truly invaluable to our workforce. It’s a great partnership too, as they learn on the job whilst helping us deliver the skills needed across the entire tech industry. It’s also an amazing opportunity to get into a sector that’s offering the strongest wage growth across the board," he added.

Applications for the Level 4 software development apprentices are open until 18 September and previous applicants that have gone through the two year programme have had a 100% employment rate, with the potential to earn up to £16,000 a year.

“Apprenticeships and technical, hands-on education really is critical. University is not for everyone and apprenticeships now offer a fantastic and credible alternative to traditional further education, at a time when tuition fees are rising dramatically," added Jones.

UKFast has shown a strong commitment to the next generation and last month launched a £1 million fund to help those that join its graduate programme to wipe off their student loans.

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