Capita has launched an engineering apprenticeship scheme to develop much needed multi-skilled UK engineers. The scheme consists of a four-year training during which the apprentices learn all there is to know about Capita’s Intelligent Buildings & Infrastructure Services business model and how to deliver the firm’s intelligent building solutions.
The IT Enterprise Services Intelligent Buildings & Infrastructure Services team (IBIS) of UK-based business process outsourcing and professional services firm Capita has launched an apprenticeship. The scheme is aimed at young people who want to develop an engineering career and is set up by the consulting firm to develop multi-skilled engineers. Simon Furber, Managing Director Technology Solutions of Capita IT Enterprise Services, on the reason for setting up the scheme: “With a UK skills shortage of high quality engineering resource, apprenticeship schemes are a great way to develop home-grown in-house capability.”
The newly developed apprenticeship includes a four-year tailor-made training programme that complies with the UK Government’s Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme*. The training includes areas as network infrastructure work, installing, configuring, testing and integrating IP based CCTV, access control, audio visual and wireless systems, to deliver the firm’s intelligent building solutions. “Our new scheme demonstrates our commitment to train and develop people to become multi-skilled engineers with exceptional ability. Apprentices will build an inherent understanding of the IBIS business model and customer expectations for high quality services,” explains Furber.
Capita will recruit 10 apprentices early 2015, and aims at repeating this on an annual basis based upon business growth and requirements.
Capita is by no means the only firm investing in its apprenticeship programs. Recently Accenture announced an expansion of its UK Technology Apprenticeship to 100 apprentices, and KPMG tripled the number of intakes of its school leaver work experience programme.
* The UK Government has recently set up a Trailblazers scheme to reform all UK apprenticeships in the UK to make them more rigorous and responsive to the needs of employers. Several consulting firms are assisting the Government with the development of the new standards.