Global business taking on IT Apprentices in Milton Keynes
Leading global IT provider Computacenter has recruited over 123 IT apprentices in the last 18 months and is currently looking to recruit a further 18 IT apprentices across two offices in Milton Keynes with an expectation that these opportunities are ongoing beyond the immediate requirement.
The roles are for IT service personnel providing first line support through the company’s global service desk to a long list immediately recognisable customers. The requirement for IT apprentices is expected to continue.
Computacenter is keen to reward the brightest IT talent in the region. In the last six months alone, over 60 young people have come through the programme and into full-time work at the company.
Cllr Liz Gifford, Milton Keynes Council Cabinet Member whose responsibilities include skills and economic growth, said: “It’s always good to see new businesses thriving in Milton Keynes, particularly when they are offering apprenticeships to applicants, from a variety of backgrounds, many of them facing a variety of challenges. And of course there will always be a need for good IT people.”
As well as gaining valuable workplace experience in IT and customer service, the apprentices will gain the qualifications needed to kick start their career, with on-site training delivered by Computacenter partner, Baltic Training Services. Once the 12 month training period is completed, apprentices have the prospect of a full-time role with Computacenter, with a competitive starting salary.
Cheryl Hancock, Baltic Training's account manager based at Computacenter in Milton Keynes said, “We work in close partnership with Computacenter to ensure we're providing highly motivated and appropriately trained young people to fill their apprenticeship vacancies. We've experienced great success so far in working together to create 123 jobs in IT for young people in the Milton Keynes area and are looking forward to continuing to provide career opportunities to talented individuals in the region.”
To make sure an apprenticeship is the right choice for their applicants, Computacenter organise a two week pre-apprenticeship hub, where young people can get a feel for the role they'll be doing and how the training will be delivered. From this, the most suitable candidates are placed on their global service desk to begin their training.
Louise Fletcher, global operations manager at Computacenter, said: “We have a close working relationship with Baltic Training Services which has resulted in us working together to create an excellent apprenticeship feeder system. It provides us with a regular supply of appropriately qualified and highly motivated individuals who are immediately able to start work when they’ve completed the programme.”
The paid apprenticeship includes over £20,000 worth of training and qualifications, including: Level 3 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence, Level 3 Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles, Implementing an ICT Systems Security Policy, CompTIA Network +, CompTIA A+ parts 1 and 2, and Level 2 Functional Skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT if needed.