MP Iain Stewart backs apprenticeships at employer visit

After raising national awareness of the need for better career advice for school leavers at the House of Commons in February, Iain Stewart MP visited global IT support business Computacenter this week to see their commitment to education first hand.

Computacenter at Linford Wood and Bletchley has been working with Tech Industry Gold apprenticeship provider Baltic Training Services to recruit 123 apprentices so far, with 60 given full time roles in the last six months.

Apprenticeships are a cornerstone of the Government’s education strategy and Iain Stewart has been a champion of this route to career success.

He said: “I have been very vocal in the past about the need for better career advice for young people, in particular changing public opinion on apprenticeships and demonstrating that they are a valid option for young people looking to develop a career.

“Visiting Computacenter has been an encouraging experience.  As well as making much needed IT apprenticeships available to young people in Milton Keynes, they are committed to ensuring that their apprentices are prepared for full time employment once the qualification ends.”

Apprentices at Computacenter gain the qualifications they need to kick start their career with on-site training delivered by Baltic Training Services. Baltic has been accredited by the Tech Partnership as Tech Industry Gold, recognizing its commitment to quality and customer responsiveness, and its focus on accelerating apprentice productivity.

Louise Ball, Executive Director for Baltic Training Services, who works closely with Computacenter to deliver the IT apprenticeships, said: “It’s been a great honour to be host to Iain Stewart today. With the continued need for talented and highly motivated people in the IT industry it’s encouraging to see that our commitment to developing the next generation of professionals is not going unnoticed. We are looking forward to continuing to provide career opportunities to talented individuals in the region.”

Mark Heholt, Head of Apprenticeships on behalf of the Tech Partnership, said, “High quality apprenticeships are an excellent way for new entrants to access this fast moving and rewarding sector. Baltic Training Services and Computacenter have opened up opportunities for a sizeable group of young people, who offer hard work and enthusiasm in return. It’s great deal for both sides.”

Visit Baltic Training Services to see details of vacancies