Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Excellent apprentice opportunities in the IT sector


Now, that tuition fees have nearly tripled in most universities, more and more teenagers are applying for apprenticeships. In fact, this year a record 370,000 youngsters demonstrated interest in paid work placements accompanied by tailored training. According to Jaine Bolton, director of the National Apprenticeship Service, apprenticeships are now the first choice for many talented young people. As university no longer seems to be the default option, employers put greater emphasis on recruiting top talents.

According to the National Apprenticeship Service, applications are up by 32%, compared to a year ago.  In some sectors, including live events & promotions, plumbing and heating, the number of applicants for each position can be well over 30. However, the ratio of applicants to jobs is only 13:1 in the IT sector.

It is believed that inadequate careers advice at school may well be the reason for less youngsters taking on the challenge. Whether this is a valid point or not, one thing is certain: now is the time to apply for apprenticeships in the field of Information Technology.

Vacancies for ICT professionals in European countries in 2012 
Source: Empirica, CIO and HR managers survey Apr-Jun 2012

A recent research, conducted by Empirica, states that demand for ICT workers is outstripping supply. According to the industry body Data Centre Alliance (DCA), datacentre operators in Europe are having real difficulties finding suitable new employees for positions in what is possibly the least known but fastest growing area of the economy. But that’s not all. e-Skills predict that demand for big data workers will double by 2017.  

The opportunities are greater than ever, it's only up to you what you make of them. Let’s see what you can get out of an apprenticeship with Firebrand:
  • Hands-on experience
  • Training and extra qualifications
  • Excellent career prospects
  • Travel expenses paid
  • Salary

If you want to get ahead of the competition, learn new skills, broaden your knowledge of IT and get trained, take a look at Firebrand Apprenticeships.

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.