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Why CIOs should operate an apprenticeship scheme

Chloe Dobinson | Sept. 19, 2016
We look at why CIOs should operate an apprenticeship scheme and how it can get the organisation ahead of its competitors

Essex County Council has established an apprenticeship programme to solve the talent shortage.

CIO David Wilde at Essex County Council spoke as part of the CIO 100 2016 edition about the benefits of the council's recent training programme.

He said: "In terms of recruitment the programme drew in younger people with social and disability challenges, that have helped develop effective work skills."

Apprenticeship programmes can offer younger talent the opportunity to gain experience and further their digital knowledge in the IT sector.

He continued: "The apprentices either remain with us as employees or find future employment in IT elsewhere."

Why CIOs should operate an apprenticeship scheme: IT investments

IT budgets are increasing with 45% of businesses helping shape the digital strategy.

CIOs are dealing with an increased budget size compared to 2015 and are more likely to be impacted by the skills shortage. The budget increase can remain a challenge for CIOs having an overall strain on the business model, according to Harvey Nash.

CIOs need to communicate to fellow executives of the digital shortage through making investments in apprenticeship schemes. The value of IT talent is crucial in aligning technology with the business strategy.

CIO Mark Ridley at Reed has recently created an apprenticeship scheme which sees his role hiring outside of the traditional graduate pool. Speaking as part of the CIO 100 Ridley discussed his strategy for hiring emerging IT talent.

He said: "We have an 'agile apprentice' scheme, taking us to a total of four apprentices each year... favouring a younger and more diverse team. We also actively support Codebar, a technology-training organisation primarily aimed at creating a diverse pool of tech talent in the UK."

Operating an apprenticeship scheme will lead to businesses building their in-house IT teams through staff development and recruitment.

CIO Claudette Jones at Edinburgh City Council has recently hired a number of apprentices to join its team. Speaking to CIO UK she discusses how the digital apprentices are impacting on the infrastructure.

She said: "The hiring is a change from our normal graduate programme. The apprentices have reduced the average age of the team and are willing to be very hands-on. We also have targets around SME involvement, with new jobs in the city and modern apprenticeships."

Executives should invest in IT talent with technology driving success in the business strategy. CIOs can analyse and report to the executives on what the digital department needs to develop on in terms of the business growth and value.

The investment in an apprenticeship scheme will increase the organisations IT headcount with the sufficient training needed to keep the business up to date with the pace of technology.

Source: CIO UK 

 

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