The future of Britain’s burgeoning tech sector is dependent upon the careful nurturing of young talent and apprenticeships are a vital part of that process.
The IT industry is obviously fluid and businesses need to re-invent themselves every few years. There is no sitting back on past glories in our industry and young talent is the essential fuel for that re-invention.
Providing quality on-the-job apprenticeship training is every bit as vital to the industry as recruiting graduates. At ANS we find time and time again that young people simply aren’t leaving school with the skills they need to begin a career in a tech industry.
We all know how dire the current employment situation is for young people and there are just about one million young people who are without work or training.
Britain can’t afford to have a whole generation of individuals who are totally demoralised by the world of work and unequipped to do anything about it. Quality on-the-job training in all areas of business is essential if we are not to create a huge problem for our future and it is up to the private sector (who know the skills they require) to provide it with as much support from government as possible.
On a personal note, I’ve long been a champion of apprenticeships as I got my first break through the Youth Training Scheme, having left school with few qualifications and with little business experience.
The Youth Training Scheme gave me enough knowledge to allow me to set up a successful business at the age of 22 and, because of the path I took, I have a great respect for the ambition and enthusiasm of young people.
To ensure that talented young people are not overlooked, ANS has developed an apprenticeship scheme in which we give opportunities right across the company. In developing this scheme, we have discovered that traditional recruitment methods can see good candidates can slip through the net.
Instead of a standard interview process, we’ve created ‘Apprentice Day’ assessment programmes which aim to find the best new apprentices. This gives the young people who attend the opportunity to spend time with our managers on interactive real-life scenarios which highlight their skills whilst giving them experience and an opportunity to learn.
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