Apprentices to add value sooner with e-skills NTO

first_imgApprentices to add value sooner with e-skills NTOOn 9 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. An apprenticeship scheme has been launched by the e-skills National TrainingOrganisation to give university students and new graduates the IT skills neededby employers. The programme is aimed at speeding up the time it takes for graduateemployees to contribute to business. Backed by the Government, the E-skills Graduate Apprenticeship leads tonationally recognised certificates of occupational competence in areas such assoftware development, IT user support and IT solutions. Christine Sanderson, project director for the e-skills NTO, said theinitiative was jointly developed by higher education institutes and employers. She said, “The E-skills Graduate Apprenticeship promotes high standardsand is flexible so that it can be tailored to suit the individual employer andemployee. “It can be started during or following a degree course, or as soon asthe student starts a job in the technology sector.” The programme has been piloted by large employers, including Unisys,Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computer Systems, using their in-house graduatedevelopment programmes. Alex Bedford, head of training at Unisys Corporate University, said,”It is a low-cost, high-value approach where a person gains thequalification from doing the job well. “It develops a balance of practical business skills that graduates needfor their short-term and long-term success.” Smaller companies such as Merit International have also worked with theirlocal university or higher education institutes to deliver the programme. By Lisa Bratby last_img

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