IDE Group has today announced the establishment of a new IT apprenticeship programme.

Digital IT Apprenticeship standards

IDE Group’s apprenticeship scheme will meet the Digital IT Apprenticeship standards set by the BCS, the UK’s Chartered Institute for IT. On 1 February, the company will welcome candidates to an assessment day at its Croydon head office, from which 10 young people will be invited to join the scheme.

Roles and location

Selected apprentices will shortly afterwards join the company full time, for a fixed term of 12 months. During their apprenticeship, they’ll gain valuable new skills and the potential to develop a career in technology. Eight of the apprentices will work towards becoming accredited Infrastructure Technicians. Two will work towards IT Applications Specialist accreditation. The roles will be located in cities around the country, including London, Reading and Manchester.

Andy Ross, CEO, IDE Group, commented: “I’m really looking forward to our assessment day. As a responsible employer, we’re committed to supporting young people in communities where we’re based by creating entry-level opportunities and teaching them the skills they need to succeed.”

“To be selected for the scheme, candidates will need to demonstrate a positive attitude to life. Individuals who work with us must be enthusiastic about providing great customer service. The scheme itself will provide them with the technical skills they’ll need to work effectively in a technical environment. Through their own merit and the training we provide, they’ll be well on their way to developing a successful IT career.”

Pipeline of skills

The apprenticeship programme will allow IDE Group’s staff to impart their knowledge, at the same time as supporting the development of a pipeline of skills for the business. IDE Group employs a large number of highly-skilled, senior engineers, many of whom will be involved in mentoring the apprentices. While apprentices in the scheme aren’t guaranteed a permanent role at the end of the 12-month period, it’s envisaged that many will be offered one.