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New IT apprenticeships bridge the skills gap

1 June 2017

Gloucestershire College is helping local businesses tackle the digital skills gap by offering the chance to upskill their existing employees or take on new digital savvy recruits, with a range of specialised IT apprenticeships.

The College, in partnership with Quanta Training Ltd will offer four new apprenticeship standards, to support the roles of Software Developer, Software Tester, Network Engineer and Infrastructure Technician.

These new qualifications will build on the College’s existing IT apprenticeship provision and have been created as part of a wider programme of new apprenticeship standards the College is launching ready for the next academic year, which will also include digital marketing and operations management.

Apprenticeships have long been seen as critical to securing the long-term future of the UK’s digital economy, with recent government statistics revealing that 72% of large companies and 49% of SMEs in the UK are suffering from a lack of up-to-date digital skills. With the digital sector set for significant growth over the next few years, investment in digital apprenticeships can bridge this skills gap.

The new IT apprenticeships will give employers the opportunity to develop their existing workforce, as well as train new recruits. Apprentices will work towards professional qualifications accredited by Microsoft, CISCO, the International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB) and more.

Apprentice Software Developers will develop their competency in a range of relevant skills, including: writing code, creating data models and software designs and deployment. Apprentice Software Testers will develop their skills in implementing software testing procedures, designing test strategies, reviewing software functionality and security.

The Infrastructure Technician apprenticeship will cover areas relevant to the role of Helpdesk Technician, including: communications, IT security, remote infrastructure, data, problem solving and workflow management. Apprentice Network Technicians will develop their competences in designing, installing and configuring network systems, applying diagnostic tools, troubleshooting, performing systems upgrades and interpreting requirements and specifications.

Angela de Gandy, Head of Business Development at GC, said: “We are extremely pleased to be launching these four new apprenticeships. Along with our Digital Marketing Apprenticeship, coming later this year, these represent a fantastic opportunity for organisations in the county to ensure they have the digital skills they need in their workforce.

“We are already working with local companies to recruit 15 Apprentice Infrastructure Technicians and would love to hear from graduates and school leavers who are keen to start their career in computer engineering.”

For more information on the new apprenticeships, call the GC Business Hub on 01452 563403 or register your interest here.

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