Earlier this year we proudly announced that two of our Developers, Paul and Paul successfully passed the Acquia Certified Developer exam, and Senior Developer Andy passed the Zend Certified PHP Engineer exam. Our staff have access to a dedicated training budget, and are encouraged to take time out from work to study. And we have extended this proactive and open attitude to learning to include taking on apprentices.
With the rising cost of university more people than ever are turning to apprenticeships to skill themselves for their future careers. In areas of constant development, like the digital sector, they are a fantastic way to start earning, while getting on the job training, often combined with formal qualifications, to kick-start a great career. Our IT apprenticeship at Ixis culminates in a City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Digital Marketing, with a good chance of continued employment, or further training, on completion.
Apprenticeships have been big news over the last couple of years. It is nearly 18 months since then Business Secretary Sajid Javid announced a £10million funding boost, and in April of this year the apprenticeships levy came into force. The government reforms are meant put employers in control, with businesses setting the standard for the apprenticeships, and also by simplifying the system.
Benefits for Businesses
The benefits of investing in apprenticeships from a business perspective are difficult to overstate. You are able to tailor an educational programme to your business needs, focus on recruiting team members who are a good fit for your organisational culture and develop them in the skill areas that are important to you. It is great to be able to concentrate on recruiting an enthusiastic team player, and then furnishing them with the skills that make them a perfect fit for your business. Having the opportunity to shape your apprentices experience of work is incredibly rewarding, and they often surprise us, and themselves, with how quickly they progress.
It is highly likely that apprenticeships will continue to grow and develop and we look forward to taking on more apprentices in the future, for their benefit and ours.
If you would like to find out more about our current apprenticeship opportunity or to apply please visit www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk