Accenture has expanded its apprenticeship programme to London, Warwick and Newbury – taking on 40 employees in the past two months.
The technology apprenticeship programme has also recruited 20 apprentices in Newcastle, where the initiative originally launched in 2012.
Apprentices on the scheme earn a salary with their on-the-job IT training, which covers digital, web, cloud and computing skills. They also learn project management and business analysis, as well as application and infrastructure development.
Accenture managing director Tracey Harrison said with rapid growth in IT sector and the current shortage in digital skills, it is essential for businesses to invest in young people through apprenticeships, internships and vocational training.
“What we looked for in these new recruits was a real aptitude for technology and good teamworking abilities," she said. “They will join our highly skilled workforce and will receive quality training, with the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting and challenging client projects during their time with us.”
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Accenture apprentices work towards a Higher Apprenticeship for IT, a Level 4 BTEC Diploma and a Foundation Degree over three years. Apprentices may also be offered a role at Accenture following completion of training.
The first year of training is an overview of the company, with apprentices using their second and third years to specialise in one particular technology.
Skills minister Nick Boles said support from companies like Accenture means it's becoming the norm for young people to choose either university or an apprenticeship as a route to a successful career.
“I would encourage other companies to follow Accenture in recognising the value apprentices add to their businesses in helping them grow and develop a highly skilled workforce. As this scheme demonstrates, there really has never been a better time to become an apprentice,” he said.
Accenture recently said it plans to recruit 2,000 people for its UK business this year.