Ascom UK launches their first ever Apprenticeship programme to nurture talent

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Ascom UK, part of the international wireless and security solutions provider Ascom Group, will be introducing Advanced Apprenticeships to attract new employees and provide a career path for existing staff from September 2012. The apprenticeships will be introduced in to the Wireless Solutions division in the UK, a market leader in integrated on-site wireless communication solutions.

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I really feel that apprenticeships offer an excellent grounding for development within our industry.

This is the first time that Ascom has used apprenticeships in the UK to attract and train their employees. They will be working with the PDS Group, the UK’s leading IT and Telecoms apprenticeship consultancy to help build its ICT and Business Administration Apprenticeship programmes. PDS won the contract after providing a feasibility study.

Robert Wood, Ascom UK Managing Director said: “I am very pleased to offer this opportunity to both new and existing staff, Ascom have an excellent record of staff retention and I hope that this further enforces our commitment to our employees, I really feel that apprenticeships offer an excellent grounding for development within our industry”.

The company will initially be creating seven Advanced Apprenticeships in ICT and one Intermediate Level 2 apprenticeship in Business Administration; four apprenticeship places will go to existing staff whilst the remaining four will be new positions.

The PDS Group will be providing their Full Package Service. This includes: managing the attraction, recruitment and selection of future apprentices; designing the training and development work-based plan; accessing funding; and delivering the qualifications.

Jenny Harman, Director at the PDS, Group commented:
“Ascom is making a major financial commitment in creating these apprenticeships which it sees as a key element of its talent development strategy and a foundation for future growth. This is a fast moving and ambitious organisation that believes that apprenticeships will be the entry source for future talent and we are delighted to be working with the Senior Management team to make sure the skills of the successful applicants will match Ascom’s business requirements.”

ABOUT ASCOM
Ascom Wireless Solutions (http://www.ascom.co.uk) is a leading provider of on-site wireless communications for key segments such as hospitals, elderly care, independent living, manufacturing industries, secure establishments, retail and hotels. More than 75,000 systems are installed at major companies all over the world. The company offers a broad range of voice and professional messaging solutions, creating value for customers by supporting and optimizing their Mission-Critical processes. The solutions are based on VoWiFi, IP-DECT, nurse call and paging technologies, smartly integrated into existing enterprise systems. The company has subsidiaries in 10 countries and 1,200 employees worldwide. Founded in the 1950s and based in Göteborg, Sweden, Ascom Wireless Solutions is part of the Ascom Group, listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange.

ABOUT PDS
PDS Ltd (http://www.pds-group.co.uk) advises national companies on the apprenticeship development process. It delivers high quality apprenticeship programmes, including Advanced and Higher apprenticeships up to Foundation Degree level, and identifies apprenticeship funding for clients.

For more information please contact Hiral Chavda at Ascom on 0121 502 8971 or email hiral.chavda (at) ascom.co.uk

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