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PCMS partners with Digital Native for apprenticeship scheme

Retail services provider joins the drive for more IT apprenticeships available to young people

Retail IT firm PCMS has partnered with IT training provider Digital Native to offer an apprenticeship programme at its Coventry headquarters.

So far four apprentices have joined the programme and will commence their training this summer, with the opportunity of a full-time role at the end of their placement.

During the placement at the retail services provider, the apprentices will learn skills such as development and coding, troubleshooting, sales and marketing.

PCMS human resources manager Elaine Rowlands said: “We’re really pleased to be working with Digital Native and providing careers for young people starting out in the industry. We are passionate about what we do and being able to share this with like-minded individuals is very important to us.

“Working in the IT industry, we're always thinking about the future and what our software could be capable of. Because of this, we relish the opportunity to invest in future generations of talented people who will help PCMS and the industry grow and transform.”

Digital Native director Martin Stilgoe said the apprenticeships placed at PCMS will be provided with support throughout the programme.

"We are delighted to be working so closely with PCMS, a leading player in the retail IT industry. The partnership is very much a two-way relationship and it's really refreshing to work with a company that is just as passionate about our apprentices' progress as we are," he said.

In March 2015, Tech Partnership said businesses need to ask themselves not whether they can afford to take on an apprentice, but whether they can afford not to.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, the organisation highlighted the benefits apprentices offer a business, in addition to helping to kick-start a young person’s career.

The government recently announced its plans to create three million more apprenticeships by 2020. It invested £1.5bn in apprenticeships in 2013 and 2014, and according to the National Audit Office, there have been more than two million apprenticeships started in England since 2010. A total of 71% of apprentices have stayed with the same employer.

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