Applications for Visa Europe's Technology and Business apprenticeship are about to open, marking the start of National Apprenticeship Week.
Applications open 13 April with successful applicants starting the two-year apprenticeship programme in September. The apprenticeship is designed to help young people kick-start a career in the tech sector, while earning a salary of £17,000.
Apprentices have the chance to experience a range of areas in Visa Europe through six-month placements in London, Reading and Basingstoke.
Ten people will be offered a place on the programme – eight technology and business apprentices, one finance apprentice and one HR apprentice.
Rob Newnham, 26, who is taking the Visa Europe Technology and Business apprenticeship, says the ability to work and study simultaneously appealed to him.
I love the support we get from colleagues and other apprentices while on the programme
Shaunie Thomas, Visa Europe apprentice
“Having already experienced traditional higher education, I knew it wasn’t for me. I wanted to combine work and study, and Visa Europe’s apprenticeship programme sounded most appealing as it gives apprentices the chance to understand how the business is operated,” he said.
“I have received an immense amount of support on the apprenticeship programme so far, and am looking forward to pursuing a career in the payments industry,” Newnham added.
Shaunie Thomas, 19, who enrolled on the Visa Europe Technology and Business apprenticeship, has always had a love of technology.
“I loved ICT during my GCSEs and A-Levels, and was well aware of the fact that everybody needs and uses IT so there would always be jobs available in this sector. I searched online for IT jobs and stumbled across Visa’s unique Technology and Business apprenticeship programme,” she said.
“Since we’re given the chance to rotate between different business areas, it gives us a great understanding of the business as a whole and how individual departments work with each other. I love the support we get from colleagues and other apprentices while on the programme,” Thomas added.
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- BT launches a major job-creation scheme, involving 700 apprenticeships and 300 graduate positions across the UK.
- Nesta invests £500,000 in a website to help young people connect with employers and colleges to find apprenticeship schemes.
- There are more than 10 applicants for every ICT apprenticeship as interest rises but fewer people are offered placements.
“I’m given meaningful responsibilities, which means the work I do has an important contribution to the business, and I’m backed by a strong support network of employees and apprentices at the company.”
To apply for the programme candidates need a minimum of two A-Levels at grade A* to C (or equivalent), ideally including business, mathematics or technical subjects, in addition to five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C and above, which includes English, maths and science.
Separately, Microsoft has unveiled the results of research into the socio-economic impact of Microsoft apprenticeships on businesses and young people, claiming some 85% of its apprentices say taking an apprenticeship has given them financial independence compared with others their age.