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Tech, digital and creative industries gather for apprenticeship event

On Tuesday evening, figures from the world of technology, digital and the creative industries attended an event hosted at the Bond in Motion exhibition in the London Film Museum.


Companies including UBS, AOL, Amazon, Diageo, BMW and Virgin Media attended the event, ‘Licence to Skill’, organised by the National Apprenticeship Service. The service says it wanted to share and learn more about apprenticeships and its benefits to business during National Apprenticeship Week which began on Monday 14th March. The week is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.


Speakers at the event included Alex Hope, CEO of Double Negative, 2016 Oscar winning company – for best visual effects. Hope shared the company’s business commitment to take on their first wave of apprentices, as of September 2016.


Hugh Milward, director of corporate affairs for Microsoft, also stepped up to the podium to discuss the tech sector’s current hot topic, cyber security and the apprenticeship opportunities Microsoft will be offering within this realm.


Milward said, “As the cyber threat increases and we assume an attack is inevitable, not just a risk, cyber security skills become critical to everyone within the tech sector.  That’s why cyber security skills are a key foundation for all 4,500 Microsoft Partner Apprentices this year across programmes as diverse as Cloud Support, Software Developer and even IT Sales.”


Nadhim Zahawi, MP and Prime Minister’s apprenticeship advisor, said, “I was delighted to speak at the License to Skill event to let the fantastic employers present know what apprenticeships can do for their business, and how they can provide a high quality pathway of the skills they need to compete both now and in the future.

“Apprenticeships in technology, digital and the creative industries, offered by leading employers, will lead to the sort of careers that can excite and inspire.”


This event comes as new figures from the Skills Funding Agency show businesses of all sizes place apprentices at the heart of their plans to rise to the top and rank hiring the right staff as the most important factor in helping them grow.


The research shows that eight in ten managers believe apprentices are vital to their organisation’s expansion plans and that two thirds (61%) of managers in growing firms felt that hiring the right staff or having employees with the right skills was the most important factor in realising the company’s ambitions.


Official figures show that in 2014/15 there were almost half a million apprenticeship starts with higher apprenticeships showing the most rapid growth. Data shows there was an increase of 115% in the number of higher apprenticeship starts compared with the previous year.



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