A new training partnership has created another 100 apprenticeships, where 80 percent of them are with SMEs.
The National Skills Academy for IT is supported by e-skills UK, training provider NITP and BT. The partnership has now created a total of 204 new IT apprentice jobs since October 2012. The first batch were announced earlier this year.
The initiative comes as recent figures from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills showed a 5.1 percent decline in ICT apprentices on the previous year.
The 100 new apprentices will benefit from training, which is quality assured by BT, and delivered by NITP at its local further education colleges in Bedford, Liverpool, Nottingham, Oxford, Portsmouth, Tamworth, St Albans and Walsall.
All 204 new recruits will get to pilot the IT Gold Standard Apprenticeship, a new programme which is being designed to help apprentices integrate into the workplace and gain technical and professional skills more quickly.
They will work towards "clearly defined, in-demand job roles" and trial a "personal development experience" comprising a "virtual campus" website and employer-supported events.
Karen Price, CEO of e-skills UK, said: "Ensuring that apprenticeship training is high quality and relevant to IT employers' needs is vital to increasing their uptake, particularly among SMEs.
"That's exactly what we're doing through this partnership and the number of jobs we've created highlights the effectiveness of this approach."
The partnership plans to create at least 350 further apprenticeship roles in 2013. These will be in the eight current locations plus Birmingham and Milton Keynes from April.
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