Atos picks up top industry apprentice scheme award

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International IT services company doubles UK apprenticeship intake.

International IT services company Atos has won a top industry award for its modern apprenticeship scheme. The company picked up the “Best Business Newcomer” accolade at the 2012 Modern Apprenticeship Awards, organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), at Glasgow’s Science Centre on Wednesday November 21.

The awards showcase businesses that have demonstrated initiative, enterprise and outstanding commitment to the improvement of skills development within the Scottish economy, through their involvement in modern apprenticeships.

The Atos Apprenticeship Scheme provides employees with the chance to build a career in IT using formal training and development programmes and a number of industry recognised qualifications, offering an alternative option to the more traditional University route.

In 2012, Atos have doubled their intake of apprentices from 15 in 2011 to 30. Most apprentices start in the summer, with the apprenticeship lasting for 12 months. Seventy-five percent of the 2011 intake, who have been through their apprenticeship have been awarded permanent roles as Business Technologists. Atos is committed to continuing to bring talented people onboard through the modern apprenticeship scheme and plans to recruit around 90 more apprentices in 2013.

Gavin Thomson, Atos Senior Vice President in Scotland, said: “We are delighted to pick up this prominent award for being part of a scheme that has allowed us to attract talented and driven individuals to our company.

“Our apprentices are a testament to our investment in future talent and we look forward to working with an increasing number of gifted individuals through the modern apprenticeship scheme in the future.”

The initiative offers people over the age of 16 paid employment combined with workplace training and off-the-job learning helping them build and develop their skills and gain qualifications relevant to their career.

Jane Williams, Atos HR Director, Talent and Performance Management said, “This award is recognition of all the hard work done by those concerned across the company. We are committed to maintaining high standards across all aspects of our organisation and look forward to bringing more people on board through modern apprenticeships in future.”

In order to be considered for the awards an organisation must demonstrate innovation in the delivery of the modern apprenticeship programme, illustrate how the scheme fits within the existing training ethos of the company and show how the business has grown due to the involvement in the modern apprenticeship project.

The “Best Business Newcomer” award further displays Atos’ dedication to invest in and develop the most talented individuals in the business ensuring that it continues to provide the highest quality of service to its clients now and in the years to come.


About Atos

Atos is an international information technology services company with annual 2011 pro forma revenue of EUR 8.5 billion and 74,000 employees in 48 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and managed services. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail, Services; Public, Health & Transports; Financial Services; Telecoms, Media & Technology; Energy & Utilities.

Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic and Paralympics Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Atos Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.

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