Capita launches engineering apprenticeship scheme

14 January 2015

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.”

Capita engineering apprenticeship

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.

Simon Furber - Capita

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.


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Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now,, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”