Accenture is set to hire 40 new apprentices to be based in its London and Newcastle offices.
As part of the UK Technology Apprenticeship programme, the apprentices will take part in on-the-job training, learning digital, web and cloud computing skills, while also earning a salary. Successful candidates learn about project management, application and infrastructure development, and business analysis.
The programme has been running for three years, originally launching in Newcastle. In 2014, it expanded to Accenture’s offices in London, Warwick and Newbury. The company has hired an estimated 100 UK apprentices since the programme began.
The 2015 three-year programme commences in September with candidates working towards a higher apprenticeship for IT, a Level 4 BTEC Diploma and a Foundation Degree. Those who complete the programme also have the chance to gain permanent employment at Accenture afterwards.
Accenture UK and Ireland managing director for technology Emma McGuigan said the IT services firm is committed to tackling the technology skills gap.
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“The rapid expansion of the IT sector and companies’ ongoing need for technology and digital expertise mean it is more important than ever to invest in apprenticeships," she said.
"We offer our apprentices the opportunity to develop the skills needed to thrive in the digital economy as they work on a variety of exciting client assignments.”
The Technology Apprenticeship is part of Accenture’s Skills to Succeed mission, which aims to skill-up three million people globally by 2020 to enable more people to get a job or start a business.
“Accenture is pleased to be able to offer young people with a passion for technology a route into the workplace,” said Accenture’s Newcastle delivery centre managing director, Bob Paton.
“Our apprentice recruits have brought a wealth of talent and enthusiasm to Accenture, and we look forward to welcoming a new intake later this year.”