Ultima and Remit celebrate new talent during Tech Week!July 12, 2016
Tech Week took place from the 4th-8th July and organisations across the UK opened their doors to schools and young people, to help inspire a new generation to take a look at tech careers. Reading-based tech firm Ultima Business Solutions is used the week to show people what jobs in IT are all about and dispel some of the myths around tech careers.
Ultima’s Apprenticeship Manager, Vicky Constantine explains: “As a business, we have seen how beneficial it has been to hire younger applicants. We are transforming our business to be 100 per cent cloud-based, and this technology is more familiar to an 18-year old than a 40-year-old. For us it’s vital that we keep engaging with a young audience and keep spreading the word about IT careers and the possibilities they offer to school leavers.”
Ultima has recently made the move from a graduate recruitment path to an apprenticeship programme, which is being delivered by national training provider Remit Training. The partnership will see ten new recruits join the company in IT sales apprenticeship roles.
Carlos Perreira, aged 19 from Reading is one of those apprentices, he comments: “I’ve always had an affinity with IT and computers so it was a natural progression for me to go on to study IT. I went to UTC Reading after doing my A Levels and did a Level 3 extended BTEC in IT.
“I was looking for an apprenticeship opportunity in IT and knew I didn’t want to just spend time with computers, I also wanted to interact with people and talk with people who are as passionate about IT as I am.
“When this apprenticeship came up I really liked the fact there was a sales element to it. It means I’ll be developing communication skills and will get to meet lots of new people.”
UTC Reading is a University Technical College that delivers computer science and engineering excellence for 14-19 year olds which has worked closely with Ultima to cultivate joint opportunities for work experience, education and employment. Ultima will took part in workshops with UTC throughout Tech Week engaging with students in a number of activities and tasks.
Apprenticeships have long been seen as critical to securing the long term future of the UK’s digital economy. With a growing skills gap and the digital sector set for significant growth over the next few years, investment in digital apprenticeships can bridge this skills gap. The Ultima apprenticeship programme is keeping the organisation one step ahead of the competition in securing future talent, productivity and growth.
Vicky added: “Young people entering our business straight from school or college bring with them fresh talent and enthusiasm and no baggage. Our apprentices are helping to address the shortage of skills in our industry. They are easier to train but more than that, they may even train us.
“By bringing young staff into our business, we can breed and train people to meet the very high standards Ultima sets, and watch them flourish as they grow with us.”
Career progression is embedded into the programme and encouraged by Ultima, with sales advisors having the opportunity to earn six-figure salaries once qualified.
Chris Garcia, Operations Director for Remit Training, said: “This really is a great time for school leavers to consider a career in the IT industry. Leading tech employers such as Ultima are demonstrating a real commitment to apprenticeships. Young people are at the forefront of innovation and technology, helping businesses reap the benefits work-based training can offer.”
For further information regarding apprenticeship opportunities visit www.remit.co.uk/ITApprenticeships
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