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IT apprenticeship scheme 2020

27th October 2019

An IT apprenticeship scheme aims to safeguard the IT workforce of the future.

Originally created by nine businesses in the Mid-Ulster, North West and North Antrim areas, the IT apprenticeship scheme has proven so successful that its founders have launched a Northern Ireland wide scheme for 2020.

Recruitment and retention initiative Career Encode has expanded its operation to all four corners of Northern Ireland in a move that will help safeguard the IT workforce of the future.

Career Encode, which sets out to fill a skills gap in the IT sector, allows school leavers and those wishing to change careers to embark on a career in IT without the financial pressure of paying college fees.

Successful applicants will obtain an internationally recognised Foundation Degree qualification accredited by Ulster University and receive a full salary.

The nationwide rollout of the scheme was showcased at an event at the Catalyst Ecos Innovation Centre in Ballymena where firms already taking part discussed the benefits of the initiative since it was launched as a pilot in 2018 and called on their peers to join the programme.

Working in collaboration with Northern Regional College, the scheme has already appointed 12 new IT apprentices who will build careers within a rapidly growing sector which is expected to grow by 50% over the next decade.

With this in mind Career Encode is seeking more Northern Ireland businesses to sign up to the scheme to ensure the IT talent resource here is not outpaced by demand.

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