Sunday, 5 January 2014

More IT Apprentices in the ITS team

Rebecca, Dhani, me, Matthew and Stuart
I was absolutely delighted to welcome a further four IT Apprentices to the IT Services team.  In 2012 we piloted the scheme by recruiting three IT Apprentices (on a two-year contract) and it’s worked extremely well.  Rebecca, Dhani, Matthew and Stuart joined IT Services in September 2013.  They are working in our Service Desk, Desktop and Media Services teams. 

These young adults get a great on-the-job learning experience, whilst receiving invaluable training and support from QA.  I very much hope that they enjoy their experience and relish the wide range of skills and experiences we can offer them. 

I’m particularly pleased we have recruited two female IT Apprentices as women are under-represented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas. Scottish IT and digital businesses are struggling to fill job vacancies as a result of increasing demand, with over half needing to recruit from outside Scotland, (according to a survey from Scottish trade body ScotlandIS) so it’s really important we give these young people the best opportunity and training we can.  These staff will benefit from being supported and mentored by a wide range of very talented and experienced staff and get the opportunity to work across the full range of IT roles.