IBM launches its first apprenticeship scheme

Aimed at school leavers, the new IBM apprenticeship offers two years training as an IT specialist.

IBM has launched its first ever apprenticeship scheme in the UK, taking on 15 apprentices in its first year. The lucky few will be given two years training as IT specialists and then offered a permanent job at the company when their training comes to an end.

During the apprenticeship IBM is also offering apprentices the chance to work towards an Advanced Apprenticeship for IT Professionals qualification. This consists of OCR Level 3 Diplomas in ICT Professional Competence and ICT Systems & Principles.

The company is looking for applicants who would like to go into work rather than go to university. To apply you must have eight or more GCSEs at C or above plus two A levels.

“We recognise that studying for a university degree isn't for everyone,” says Stephen Leonard, IBM UK and Ireland’s chief executive. “The scheme is a way for individuals who are keen to dive straight into the world of work to join a vibrant and forward thinking company whilst still working for a recognised qualification.”

IT is one of the sectors set to benefit from the UK government’s expanded apprenticeships programme, which will see an extra £250m in funding between now and 2015.

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