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The new apprenticeships provide employers with an excellent opportunity to use the funds from the new Apprenticeship Levy both to train new recruits and upskill their existing staff into in-demand job roles.

Mark Heholt, head of apprenticeships at the Tech Partnership

Thousands of young people are now benefiting from new digital apprenticeships

by Mark Heholt, head of apprenticeships at the Tech Partnership

06.04.2017

Thousands of young people are now benefiting from new digital apprenticeships

by Mark Heholt, head of apprenticeships at the Tech Partnership

06.04.2017

After all the announcements, the consultations and the acres of newsprint, the Apprenticeship Levy finally comes into force today.

And on this day it’s worth reminding ourselves of the government’s core purpose in introducing the levy: to help to deliver new apprenticeships and support quality training by putting employers at the centre of the system.

As the network of employers collaborating to create the skills for the UK digital economy, our priority at the Tech Partnership is tackle the national shortage in digital skills – and one way we are doing that is by growing the number of digital apprenticeships across the UK.

Over 2,000 young people have now joined the army of digital apprentices since 2014, with many more to come. The apprenticeships range across software development, to cyber security, to digital marketing and many more. And 700 of the new apprentices are on degree-level programmes – earning while they are learning, getting a degree, and no student debt. Sixty employers have recruited these degree apprentices, with 20 universities across the country delivering the programmes.

The new apprenticeships provide employers with an excellent opportunity to use the funds from the new Apprenticeship Levy both to train new recruits and upskill their existing staff into in-demand job roles.

There are now 14 digital apprenticeship standards developed by employers across the Tech Partnership.  They include a brand new one published only last week, for people to train as Information Systems Analysts, helping businesses improve their performance by using both the existing and latest information systems.  

Our most recent skills survey identified a difference of 28% between demand and supply for these skills. In addition to a rewarding and well-paid careers, new recruits of the programme will be well placed to help narrow this skills gap. As with all trailblazer digital apprenticeships, this latest standard was developed by employers across the economy who need skilled recruits, in this cause including leading organisations in the worlds of banking, healthcare, transport and insurance as well as the tech industry itself.

A recent recruitment programme for cyber security apprenticeships in Critical National Infrastructure companies (including water, energy and transport) saw nearly 1,250 applicants for 23 places. It is no wonder young people are snapping up these opportunities – degree apprentices can start on a salary of up to £22,500, depending on the level of entry. We expect many more apprenticeship vacancies to become available as employers start to see how they can apply their apprenticeship levy to address critical skills gaps with new talent.

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