HMRC set to launch its first digital apprenticeship programme

For the first time in its history, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is launching a digital apprenticeship programme as it attempts to tackle UK youth unemployment.

Based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, the revenue company has signed up to the government-led Tech Industry Gold Apprenticeship scheme, offering 15 young people the opportunity to gain four years’ worth of experience working in the computer industry.

Apprentices will gain a degree in digital and technology solutions from Northumbria University and will receive a number of benefits, including daily lectures and a study leave allowance.

In an interview with Computer Weekly, Peter Schofield, director of IT development, test and operations at HMRC, said: “The Newcastle Digital Delivery Centre was set up last year. There is a scrum team and agile teams there, and the apprenticeship aims to find new talented staff.’’

‘‘HMRC has one of the largest IT estates in the UK and we have plans to further digitalise the business. Apprentices will learn how to make digital services for the public simpler, clearer and faster for them to keep up to date with their taxes and changes in circumstances.’’

‘‘We are looking forward to how it goes and to finding other ways to drive the Tech Industry Gold Apprenticeship programme further.’’