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New Digital Apprenticeship Creates Opportunities And Tackles Skills Gap

Updated: 11/06/2018

A new apprenticeship that will enable a wide range of people to start their careers in the city’s fastest growing industry is launching after a year of collaboration between The Sheffield College and local digital employers.

New Digital Apprenticeship Creates Opportunities And Tackles Skills Gap

Pictured: College and school leavers, as well as adults returning to work or interested in a career change, are invited to apply for an exciting new boot camp and apprenticeship developed with local digital employers.

The new Software Developer Apprenticeship is now open for applicants who are excited about digital technology and want to learn how to create digital products and services.

The apprenticeship is suitable for people looking to return to work or change careers as well school and college leavers, and it has been designed to open up opportunities in digital to as many people as possible.

To help interested applicants find out if the programme is right for them, the College is holding a two-week Coding Skills Boot Camp at City campus, on Granville Road, starting on July 2nd.

During that time, applicants will get a taste of the industry by learning some new coding skills, working together on projects and interacting with local employers.

The apprenticeship then starts in September and takes two years to complete. Apprentices will earn and learn, working for an employer and being trained on the job by industry professionals.

They will also complete 10 weeks of training at the College in one week blocks over the two years, earning an industry recognised certification as well as a Level 4 qualification (which is equivalent to the first year of a university degree).

To find out more, visit http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/courses/software-developer-bootcamp or email jobconnect@sheffcol.ac.uk.

Mel Kanarek, Director of industry organisation Sheffield Digital, said: “Our city’s digital businesses are thriving and crying out for talent, which is why more than a dozen local companies have been collaborating with the College to design this apprenticeship. Local employers recognise the value of apprenticeships and are keen to attract enthusiastic people of all ages and backgrounds into the industry. Digital offers opportunities for rewarding and flexible careers - we hope that this new apprenticeship will encourage more people to take their first steps in the sector.”

Steve Elliott, Director of Engineering Technologies, The Sheffield College, added: “We are thrilled to work with Sheffield Digital and local employers to address skill shortages and boost business growth by developing a new apprenticeship for the region’s digital industries. Apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity for employers to attract and develop new talent.”

The College also wants to hear from employers interesting in recruiting one or more apprentices from the first cohort. Email employer@sheffcol.ac.uk or call 0114 2602600.

Key facts:

  • Sheffield Digital is the association for the people and businesses who make up Sheffield’s digital industries. Our aim is to help develop the best possible environment for setting up, working in and growing digital businesses in Sheffield and the surrounding region. To find out more, visit https://sheffield.digital.