London, Sept. 29, 2014 – Accenture’s UK Technology Apprenticeship programme, launched in Newcastle in 2012, has been expanded to the company’s London, Warwick and Newbury offices, all of which will take on new hires. In the last two months, 20 new apprentices have joined the Newcastle Apprentice programme, while 40 joined in London, Warwick and Newbury. Accenture in the UK now has a total of 100 apprentices.
The Technology Apprenticeship programme combines structured IT training with on-the-job learning. From day one, apprentices earn a salary while developing expert digital, web and cloud computing skills, as well as expertise in project management, application and infrastructure development and business analysis.
The Technology Apprenticeship programme reflects Accenture’s corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, which will equip 700,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business.
“Today’s announcement reflects our commitment to help close the skills gap and create jobs in the UK,” said Accenture managing director Tracey Harrison, the executive sponsor of the programme. “With the IT sector’s rapid expansion and the current technology and digital skills shortages, it is essential that businesses invest in young people through apprenticeships, internships and vocational training. What we looked for in these new recruits was a real aptitude for technology and good team-working abilities. They will join our highly skilled workforce and will receive quality training and the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting and challenging client projects during their time with us.”
“Support from leading companies like Accenture means that it is fast becoming the norm for young people to choose either university or an apprenticeship as a route to a great career,” said Skills Minister Nick Boles.
“I would encourage other companies to follow Accenture in recognising the value apprentices add to their businesses in helping them to grow and develop a highly skilled workforce. As this scheme demonstrates, there really has never been a better time to become an apprentice.”
As part of the apprenticeship programme, participants will work toward a Higher Apprenticeship for IT, a Level 4 BTEC Diploma and a Foundation Degree over three years. Subject to business demand, apprentices who successfully complete the programme and perform well may be offered permanent roles at Accenture. Although the majority of apprentices are between the ages of 18 and 25, there are no age restrictions for participants.
Following a four-week introduction to Accenture, designed to teach apprentices about the company’s business, participants will begin their first work placements. These initial roles will provide apprentices with an opportunity to experience various parts of the organization, enabling them to gain skills in different specializations. In their second and third years, they will specialize in one particular technology.
Today’s announcement follows the recent news that Accenture will recruit 2,000 people into its UK business this year.