Demand for IT Apprenticeships Increases Tenfold


The demand for IT apprenticeships has increased tenfold with IT businesses across the country receiving hundreds of applications for each apprenticeship post. Demand for apprenticeships across all industries has risen by a third according to The National Apprenticeship Service.

Rory Delahoyde, founder of data centre and web hosting company, HA Hosting said he was ‘staggered’ by the sheer volume of applications received when his company decided to advertise for their first apprentice.

Delahoyde founded the Sheffield-based company in 2008 with the aim to provide a robust range of data storage and cloud-based systems for businesses. As demand grew, Delahoyde took the opportunity to recruit additional staff members, “we felt this would help someone taking their first steps in the industry to gain experience.”

UK Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock expressed concern regarding the current demand versus supply crisis: “to match the growing popularity of apprenticeships, I would urge more employers to consider how hiring an apprentice could benefit their business.”

Recognising the urgency to fill the current IT skills gap, American multinational organisation, Cisco recently developed and launched an apprenticeship training scheme designed to ‘develop a qualified, motivated team of Cisco practitioners across the UK.’

This development provides new apprentices with the skills to optimise and manage Cisco systems which will push them into the lime light when it comes to securing a job, for they will be able to deliver projects and expand an IT employers business. Alternatively, IT employers may choose to develop existing employees by enrolling them onto the Cisco apprenticeship which currently runs at two levels; advanced and higher.

Chief technology officer for Cisco UK, Ian Foddering spoke of the demand, “We have been aware for some time about the increasing demand for apprentices. We are naturally delighted to be able to launch this programme which will develop talent as we have experienced.”

And Cisco aren’t the only company to get behind apprenticeship schemes, last year a partnership between BT and The National Skills Academy for IT created over 100 IT apprenticeships, the vast majority of these were placed with SMEs.

Apprenticeships are integral to the growth of businesses; apprenticeships are what helps to create a skilled and qualified workforce which can bring the business forward. More organisations are now starting to realise the merit of apprenticeships, but the current demand outstrips the supply.

Along with utilising relevant IT employee training companies, apprenticeships are integral to the growth of businesses; apprenticeships are what helps to create a skilled and qualified workforce which can bring the business forward.

Microsoft will launch their annual Apprentice of the Year competition in April, this is in conjunction with their Get On programme- a scheme which aims to get 300,000 16-24 year olds into employment by 2015.

Hugh Milward, Director of Corporate Affairs at Microsoft said, “Over 90% of apprentices stay with our partner businesses where they began their apprenticeship and the Apprenticeship of the Year award recognises their hard work and achievements.”

Author: Global Knowledge is a global training provider of IT and business courses, certifications and apprenticeships. Find information about exclusive Cisco apprenticeship scheme as well as details regarding all courses and certifications on their website.



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