Canon to hire 30 new apprentices

Electronics giant Canon is bringing 30 new apprentices on board to help address the skills gap that is beginning to emerge in its sector. And there are plans to double that number as part of a plan to work with its partners.

The apprenticeships will largely be focused on working within a framework that Canon has developed with training provider CompTIA, which is designed to produce operatives trained in a range of areas, including integration specialist – to service delivery analyst. They would then be able to find work with Canon partners. So far, a number of partners have signed up to support the scheme, including SOS Systems, Unidoc Solutions and IT@Spectrum.

“Industry needs to invest in new skills and talent”

“The digitisation of information brings with it exciting opportunities for both Canon and our partners to develop new customer solutions and services,” said Adam Poole, who leads Canon’s B2B sector. “To do this effectively the industry needs to invest in new skills and talent.”

Meanwhile CompTIA’s Graham Hunter said that more talent had to be nurtured in the IT industry. “We’ve worked closely together over the past twelve months, using our A+ certification and Canon’s in-house training to design a programme that will support Canon’s channel partners to achieve their growth objectives, whilst providing young people with key skills in areas such as cyber-security, systems networking, and mobile.”