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UK IT industry widens Apprenticeship recruitment pool and signs up to IT Services Apprentices Charte

UK IT industry widens Apprenticeship recruitment pool and signs up to IT Services Apprentices Charter 

Top 9 IT services firms sign up to first UK sector-wide charter for employing apprentices

Nine of the UK’s largest IT consulting and business services organisations supported by Ministry of Justice representing the Apprenticeships workstream of the Government ICT Capability Strategy, have today agreed to sign up to a new charter for the employment of apprentices. The organisations have already embraced the principles set out in the charter. They have also agreed to standardise six common roles ready for the next wave of recruitment in September 2012. By collectively re-examining their recruitment approach they are seeking to bridge the gap between college and the workplace, encouraging more opportunities for young people and open up the industry to a more diverse pool of talent.

The nine companies signing the charter today are: Accenture, Atos, Capgemini, CSC, Fujitsu, HP, Logica, Siemens and Steria,

Sarah Gibb, Director of Skills & Workplace Learning at BITC said:

“Business in the Community is very proud to support this initiative, with youth unemployment at over 1 million this charter is a welcome step which will help put more IT careers within the reach of young people. By collaborating in this way, the IT industry can more effectively address the skills gap and strengthen appeal of IT careers, particularly for women. Committing to this charter provides a consistency of approach that benefits IT industry as a whole. BITC encourages all industries to look at innovative ways they can work together to mobilise more young people into the UK workforce and so feed the roots of UK PLC’s future success.”

The IT Service Sector recognises that Apprentices bring valuable skills and potential to our talent pipeline and we commit to the following principles:

Review our resourcing approach to see where opportunities can be offered to Apprentices.

Work in partnership with National Apprenticeship Service (NAS),  e-skills UK the apprenticeships workstream of the government ICT capability strategy and other supportive agencies to create a small number of nationally accredited standard entry points that can be used to provide careers advice to students at school or college and made available through e-communication channels

Work together to aggregate demand enabling education partners to create efficient and cost effective delivery models for all parties in the sector to benefit from.

Develop Apprentice programmes to provide routes to gaining IT Professional status and to supplement our core skills entry points where appropriate.

Encourage diversity of applications into the IT Service Sector.

Ensure there are consistent standards for the IT Service Sector recognised by all in our sector as high quality, fit for purpose in a highly fluid skills environment, and motivating as a career route for entrants at this level.

To promote a positive image of the IT Service Sector within schools and colleges.

To align the education and long-term career development opportunities in order to provide clarity and transparency for those wanting a career in IT. 

To strengthen our commitment to long-term career development and training of Apprentices through structured career pathways.

The organisations signing the IT Services Apprentices Charter today hope to encourage more UK IT companies to recognise that apprentices bring valuable skills and potential to their workforce and will help to grow their businesses sustainably, and sign up to the charter.

The six roles already identified for alignment and standardised approach are:

•     Software Development

•     Testing

•     IT Support

•     Project Management

•     Networks

•     Business Analysis

Signed: UK CEOs

Accenture, Atos, Capgemini, CSC, Fujitsu, HP,  Logica, Siemens, Steria


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