Partnership creates 100 more IT apprenticeships

Partnership creates an extra 100 apprenticeships

Partnership creates an extra 100 apprenticeships

BT, training provider NiTP and the National Skills Academy for IT have created an additional 100 apprenticeships. 80% of these will be with small to medium sized employers (SMEs). The partnership received investment from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills via the Growth and Innovation Fund.

Since October 2012 the partnership has employed 204 young people in apprenticeship schemes, challenging figures from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills which showed a 5.1% decrease in IT apprenticeships this past year.

The 100 new apprentices will receive quality checked training from NITP at colleges across the country. All 204 of the newcomers will be the first on the IT Gold Standard Apprenticeship which intends to help young people into employment and teach them valuable skills.

The partnership aims to create a minimum of 350 apprenticeship roles in 2013.  To find out more information about hiring an apprentice through the partnership, visit www.growyourownit.com.

Peter Marples, Director, NiTP, says: “Apprenticeships give organisations the opportunity to grow their own IT talent simply and cost-effectively, while for young people, they offer a great first step on the career ladder and the chance to work hard, gain valuable qualifications and earn a wage. As such, we’re proud to be bucking the trend and creating more of them.”