A new IT apprenticeship scheme has created over 100 more apprenticeships for young people within SMEs.
The partnership between the National Skills Academy for IT, training provider NITP, and BT has created 108 more apprenticeships, almost 90 percent of which are with SMEs.
The partnership has now created a total of 313 new IT apprenticeships since it was established in October 2012 . The apprentices receive training that is quality assured by BT and delivered by NITP at its further education colleges in 11 towns and cities across England, with Birmingham and Milton Keynes the latest to join the programme.
Peter Marples, director at the NITP, said, "Quality apprenticeships help businesses grow their own talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. More and more organisations are starting to realise this and over 100,000 nationwide are now offering them."
One such business is EPOSability, an IT services firm based in Hertfordshire, which has already recruited two apprentices through the partnership.
EPOSability managing director Robbie Francis said, "For the foreseeable future our aim is to take on board two new apprentices each year. Apprenticeships allow us to offer full-time employment to pre-vetted candidates. Investing in them will continue to play a role in our long-term future."
All of the 313 recruits are being assessed under the IT Gold Standard Apprenticeship, a new programme which is being designed to help apprentices settle into the workplace and gain technical and professional skills more quickly.
To do this they are working towards clearly defined, in-demand job roles and trialling a personal development experience, comprising a "virtual campus" website and employer-supported events.
The partnership plans to create 250 further apprenticeship roles in 2013. These will be in the two locations named above, plus Bedford, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Portsmouth, Tamworth, St Albans and Walsall.
Employers can visit here for further information about recruiting an apprentice through the partnership, including the financial incentives available, such as a £1,500 government grant for smaller businesses.