The UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) has launched a service to help young people find a job and for businesses to recruit apprentices and graduates.
The initiative is part the user group's drive to attract more young members into the community.
Apprentices and graduates will be able to submit their CVs for free on a dedicated part of the UKOUG website, which will be a central resource for member employers to find new recruits. Employers will be able to access CVs at a cost of £375 for six months.
The service is being launched alongside teaching days that the user group is running in conjunction with Birmingham City University, the University of Cambridge and Durham University in May.
"We're inviting local students in for a day of 'what's Oracle about'. We are targeting graduates and apprentices, to teach them about the Oracle community, and about working with Oracle, not necessarily at Oracle," said UKOUG members advocate, Debra Lilley.
In addition, UKOUG has launched an introductory 'new start' membership for people in the first two years of leaving education. This will allow young members who have yet to specialise in a certain Oracle technology to access support and information across a wider range of interests.
The user group also wants to encourage more women into the industry by raising the profile of female IT workers.
To this end, UKOUG is encouraging more of its female members to speak at conferences, assigning them female mentors to help them put together presentations and provide other support.
It is also asking women to go into local schools to engage with children to entice them into an IT career, and it has set up a website for women — not just UKOUG members — to write about their experiences and backgrounds to showcase the different careers available to women in IT.
The UKOUG was established 30 years ago and has more than 8,500 members. It uses its collective force to act as a single, independent voice to influence and improve the design, functionality and technology of Oracle products.
As well as being part of a supportive community, member benefits include training discounts and access to numerous knowledge-sharing and networking events throughout the year.
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