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Sector Managed Apprenticeships
Partnership between – e-skills – BT - NiTP
The Sector Managed Apprenticeships programme has received co-investment from
the UK Commission for Employment and Skills through the Growth and Innovation Fund.
Strategic objectives
Make the apprenticeships route into the IT sector as
popular with employers of IT professionals as the
graduate route
Change the attitude of the IT sector to
Focus on SME employers
Role of BT
Provide apprentice employers with confidence by
carrying out quality assurance of the training
provider and the provision
Provide support to apprentices by offering
opportunities for professional development
Provide access to the BT apprentice applicant
database for candidates not located in BT recruitment
areas – therefore offering an alternative IT sector
employment opportunity
Advise on the framework design and standards
Role of the National Skills
Academy for IT
Provide IT sector endorsement of the training
provider (NiTP)– through the Training Quality Panel
Provide apprenticeship Gold Standards developed
through research into skills gaps and engagement
with a cross section of sector employers
Provide Marketing support
Project manage the roll out of the Gold Standards
brand with employers and apprentices
Role of NiTP
Create delivery programme to match the Gold
Engage with SME’s to create the apprenticeship jobs
Engage with young people to select candidates who
will meet employer needs
Register the apprentices and train them according to
the Gold Standards in consultation with their
Work with BT to accommodate their quality
assurance process
The Talent Pool
BT applicants tick a box to opt into the National Skills
Academy for IT scheme for finding employment
BT provide these applicants to the Academy each
week – the Academy checks then passes to TP
The Academy has built an online candidate
management system to handle the BT applicants
The system enables any employer to provide their
unused applicants to any Academy approved provider
12 apprentices have been employed since January
Programme achievements
in 8 months
313 apprentices in 8 months into new jobs
90% SMEs
60% first time apprentice employers
Oct '12
Jan '13
Apr '13
What employers say (1)
“taking on an IT Gold Standard Apprentice is a
priority for our company. We will benefit from the
structured technical learning our apprentice will
receive. The recruitment process, and the
professional and business skills gained, mean that
our apprentice will be quickly able to add value,
making financial sense for our business.”
Philip Oakley, Owner – OutserveWeb.
What employers say (2)
The apprenticeship programme forms part of our
strategic plan for our organisations succession
planning and personnel management and has been a
successful model for us, one that I would recommend
[Sandye Place]
We have been provided with many applicants and
almost every candidate has been a successful to fit
the role required. It has been a seamless task in
recruiting new employees. [CAPTEC]
What apprentices say
Forrest Rundle, an IT Gold Standard Apprentice
at Fresh Metrics in Birmingham is excited to be
part of the scheme.
“It’s a great start to my IT career. I am learning
skills with NiTP and applying them right away
with Fresh Metrics, so I can really make a
contribution to the company.”
Key successes
SME’s have bought into the project and should be
AGE grant has been a great help
SME’s wont engage unless they can support their
apprentices – a great sign of commitment
A theme emerging of SME’s building their businesses
around Apprentice resource based on good
experience so far
Potential to industrialise across sector
More to do
Supply chains
• using OEMs and their supply chains
Gold Standards
• maintaining quality as more providers enter the
• licensing
What next?
How do we better share date on talented potential
How do we ensure we have national/pan-sector
coverage so all SMEs can get this sort of service?
How do we industrialise the model?

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