Agilisys Arch launches new Digital Apprenticeship scheme with Government support

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A new digital apprenticeship programme has been launched by Agilisys Arch as part of National Apprenticeship Week. The programme, supported by Government, gets talented young people into digital roles where there are skills shortages. Partners include Google, who have taken on ten apprentices, and Incisive Media who have taken on four.

We are seeing more and more apprenticeships in professional disciplines, like digital marketing.

A new digital marketing apprenticeship programme has been launched that will give hundreds of young people exciting new opportunities in digital careers. The programme enables young people to turn their natural abilities in digital technologies into valuable and much sought after skills for employers.

A number of digital businesses have already signed up to take on apprentices, including Google who are taking on ten. The programme has been put together and is being run by Arch, the apprenticeship division of London IT services firm Agilisys, and is supported by the Government as well as Google and other digital firms keen to open up new opportunities for young people.

Apprentices work for their employer for 12 months while receiving world class technical training from Agilisys Arch in skills such as web design, video making, social media and online advertising.

The launch of Agilisys Arch’s digital marketing apprenticeship, supported by the UK Government’s Employer Ownership of Skills initiative and the National Apprenticeship Service, comes on the back of other large firms developing professional services apprenticeships: accountancy giant PwC launched its own apprenticeship programme in 2012, and other similar schemes have been launched in law and advanced engineering.

Building on a successful pilot in which Agilisys has taken on 80 of its own apprentices, Agilisys Arch is now aiming to get another 120 talented young people into cutting edge digital roles over the next 6 months with potentially hundreds more to follow around the UK. There is a lack of focused training and skills improvement in the digital economy, especially for young people, without which the UK will struggle to remain competitive in the 21st century. Schemes such as Agilisys Arch’s are therefore vital.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said “I’m delighted that Agilisys Arch has launched its digital apprenticeship programme with the support of the Government’s “Employer Ownership of Skills” initiative. We are seeing more and more apprenticeships in professional disciplines, like digital marketing, which shows how highly apprenticeships are valued by both young people and employers alike.”

Google UK Managing Director Dan Cobley said “We are delighted to be supporting Agilisys Arch with their digital marketing apprenticeship programme. We have been very impressed by the talent and enthusiasm of the young people we are taking on as our apprentices.”

Current Arch Apprentice Conner King said “A few months into my apprenticeship I have learned a huge amount and I’m getting amazing experience. I’m currently working on behalf of an Investment Portfolio optimising their online advertising campaigns. It’s been great so far and I’m looking forward to an exciting career.”

Arch Managing Director, Ben Rowland, says “Agilisys Arch apprentices have added to the bottom line of the businesses they are working in, and we are excited about extending our programme to other employers for their benefit and for the benefit of the ambitious young people who will take these roles.”

Louis Warner, one of Agilisys’ line managers who has taken on four apprentices into his team, said “It’s been great having my apprentices on board. They’re savvy, smart, digitally aware and work hard to absorb all the information they can. Within three months their productivity levels have generated a clear commercial return on investment. That’s why I’ve just taken on another.”

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