Skyscape Cloud Services opens its doors for undergraduate placements

Cloud provider to take on 10 apprentices in large-scale cloud and virtualised computing environments

Skyscape Cloud Services Limited has unveiled its undergraduate placement programme. It is open to sandwich degree students, with Skyscape set to select 10 students for the scheme.

To help skill up students in large-scale cloud and virtualised computing environments roles have been created in cloud operations and development including operations analysts, automation engineers and portal developers.

Initially being offer to sandwich degree students, successful candidates could be considered for longer term employment with the company.

Students will also have the chance to take professional examinations to gain further qualification in areas such as VMware, EMC and Cisco.

Phil Dawson, chief executive of Skyscape Cloud Services, said: “With the recent National Audit Office research revealing that there is a concerning skills shortage in the UK when it comes to information technology, we think that it’s extremely important to identify and develop the talent in this field, and give graduates an opportunity to work in a fast-paced, high-tech environment.”

“It’s an exciting time to join Skyscape as the company is growing extremely rapidly, and we’re really looking forward to welcoming bright undergraduates with an understanding and desire to learn more about cloud computing, and how these solutions can help to transform public sector IT procurement.”

The company already offers a one-year placement on its operational support team for students studying Computer Digital Forensics at Portsmouth University.

Skyscape formed in 2011 and currently has over 50 employees.

Recruiters need to up their game say HR pros

A report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has identified areas where employers need to improve their service, according to HR professionals.

The survey quiz HR professionals, who said employers need to improve candidate communication before, during and after the recruitment process “to optimise applicant volumes.”

Respondents also said employers should show more expert knowledge of their market area and use Skype to engage with candidates more.

REC chief executive Kevin Green said: “Despite taking more recruitment tasks in-house, candidate shortages in key managerial and professional areas mean employers’ resourcing teams rely on the specialist expertise of recruiters to find hard to reach talent. As such, the relationships between clients and our members are becoming more complex.

“To succeed in this new environment, recruiters have to up their game and offer more value to their clients. Recruiters need to be at the forefront of new sourcing approaches, able to provide market data their clients don’t have access to and demonstrate how they can deliver more value and better outcomes.”

Les Berridge, lead consultant at Connectus and member of the executive committee of the REC Technology sector group, said: “The recruitment industry doesn’t need to reinvent itself as some fundamental factors will always be in play, but change will be essential given the new landscape of ubiquitous social media and mobile communication.

“The changes in the recruitment landscape that this report highlights are happening already in the technology recruitment sector, but other sectors will follow shortly.”

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