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Atos to boost Scotland’s job market with new apprenticeship opportunities for 2013

Wed, 2013-03-20 15:07


Atos to triple apprenticeship schemes across UK in 2013
Livingston, March 20th 2013 – Atos, an international IT services company, today reaffirmed its commitment to increasing apprenticeship opportunities for over 17s. The company is now actively recruiting nearly 100 new ICT apprentices across the UK. In Scotland the company will offer 12 apprenticeship opportunities.  
The Atos Apprenticeship Scheme was first introduced in 2010, in response to a large ICT young talent gap. Atos’ programme allows apprentices to build a career in IT using formal training and development programmes and a number of recognised qualifications, offering an alternative option to the more traditional University route.  
Between 2011 and 2012, Atos doubled their intake of apprentices from 15 to 30. That figure has now grown to nearly 100 available apprentice positions UK-wide. 
Most apprentice schemes start in the summer, with the apprenticeship lasting for 12 months.  Seventy-five percent of the 2011 intake, who completed apprenticeship schemes, has been awarded permanent roles as Business Technologists. 
Atos’ apprenticeship schemes will offer successful applicants an opportunity to earn between £8,000 – 12,000, depending on the entry level. The application process is now open, with start dates from June-September this year. 
Jane Willliams, Atos HR Director, Talent and Performance Management said: “Developing and growing our apprenticeship scheme is one of our major priorities. We are extremely excited to be recruiting more young talent than ever before. Our programme gives bright and motivated apprentices an opportunity to get on the career ladder with a globally recognised company, working on exciting and diverse projects.” 
In Scotland, the Atos apprenticeship programme has seen several of the youngsters recruited since 2010 go on to become mentors to the next wave of applicants. 
Jordan Fern (20) from Hogganfield, Glasgow, is based at the company’s offices in Glasgow. He started his apprenticeship in Software Development in March 2012 after deciding to apply for an apprenticeship rather than to college or university. 
Following the successful completion of his apprenticeship, Jordan was offered a permanent position with the company in Applications Management. He has since been involved in mentoring the new intake of apprentices on a voluntary basis.
“I had been looking at universities but then I came across the apprenticeship and thought it was a much better option. Atos offered me the opportunity to learn more about an area I was interested in while gaining on-the-job experience,” he said.
Ailsa Quinn (18) from Grangemouth joined the apprenticeship scheme last year and is based at Atos HQ in Livingston. 
Ailsa, Service Desk Analyst apprentice, said: “I had been looking at going to university but it wasn’t something I was excited about, then the apprenticeship came up ad I thought it was a great opportunity to learn new skills. The apprentices are not treated any differently from the rest of the employees and we are fully integrated into the team.”
Last year, Atos was awarded the “Best Business Newcomer” accolade at the 2012 Modern Apprenticeship Awards, organised by Skills Development Scotland, at Glasgow’s Science Centre on Wednesday November 21.
For more information, contact:
Julia Correia
Account Executive, MMM
Phone: 0141 221 9041