Tech employers meet to mull standards

A group of major tech employers has been meeting this week to hash out what they want to see from new apprenticeship standards.

The event in London was hosted by Fujitsu, and saw representatives from employers including Accenture, BT, DWP, JP Morgan and the Armed Forces present to contribute to the debate. The Tech Partnership, a non-profit group focused on improving the digital and tech skills base in the UK, supported the event.

Employers were able to discuss a range of issues related to digital apprenticeship standards including progress with degree-level apprenticeships, how to accredit universities, and how to encourage others to join employer groups developing the new standards.


‘Passion and support from employers’

Jenny Taylor, Early Professional Programmes at IBM said: “As chair of the Digital Apprenticeship Standards Steering Group I was delighted so many people attended. This demonstrates the passion and support that so many employers, universities and training providers are directing towards digital apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships.”

The group reflected on new areas for standard setting, identifying User Experience, Data Analytics and Cyber Security as key job roles that could benefit from standards

Fred Rayers, Senior Customer Solution Architect at Fujitsu, said: “We were delighted to host this meeting at Fujitsu. Like many other companies we are committed to apprenticeships and expect many of our apprentices to be our future leaders.”