Fujitsu hired just over 100 apprentices on to its Junior Talent Programme, throughout 2012. The vendor’s programme include apprenticeships, industrial placements and its graduate programme.
At present the company has 218 people on its Junior Talent Programme, which is set to increase to 252 this September.
105 apprentices were recruited in 2012 at several levels: Intermediate, which is a one year training programme for school leavers with GCSEs at a starting salary of £7,800 and Advanced, which is a two year training programme for college leavers with A Levels at a starting salary of £14,500. Advanced apprentices also receive a twice-yearly pay-review. Both levels are a combination of on the job and college learning.
The aim is to provide all apprentices with full-time positions at the end of their programmes.
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Fujitsu apprentice Stephanie Palmer told Computer Weekly that she found Fujitsu’s programme through the National Apprentice site, after starting university and not liking it.
“I studied sports therapy at university, so this is very different, but I get to cover all areas such as hosting networks and security,” she said.
Palmer started with Fujitsu in September last year and is on a two year contract with the company.
She explained that for the future she aims to be the head of Human Resources (HR) or involved in apprentice recruitment management, based on the opportunities that have been presented to her through Fujitsu’s apprenticeship scheme.
“I also set up a mentoring scheme for apprentices, within Fujitsu,” she added.
Kirk Hay, previously an apprentice became permanent with Fujitsu just over a year ago. Hay took the more traditional route of studying IT at college before joining Fujitsu: “I went to college for two years, studying IT. Spent a year job seeking and found Fujitsu through the local college. I’ve always enjoyed IT and computer software. Every Christmas I would get something tech related.”
Hay told Computer Weekly he plans to be a customer solution architect or head of HR.
Overall, 100 graduates joined Fujitsu in the past twelve months, of which one fifth had backgrounds in STEM based subjects. The company claims to have recruited 600 16-24 year olds in the last 18 months.