Apprenticeship scheme launched at University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham has today (Thursday) launched an apprenticeship scheme to create new opportunities for on-the-job training in a range of fields.

The first 11 apprenticeships are now being advertised, including studio production, IT support, and electrical and mechanical maintenance opportunities.

The University has partnered with Babington Apprenticeships Ltd to recruit and train the apprentices. Eventually, the University hopes to create 20 apprenticeships during the first year of the programme.

Specialist training given to the apprentices will allow them to gain a solid foothold in their chosen career, and will allow the University to continue to build a diverse and skilled workforce for the future. Training will also be given to University line managers to enable them to support the apprentices they manage and ensure they reach their full potential.

The University of Birmingham is one of the largest employers in the city and currently has around 7,000 members of staff, spanning a range of academic, professional, technical, manual and clerical roles.

Heather Paver, Director of Human Resources at the University of Birmingham said: “We already attract a high calibre of staff from across the city, region and country to work at the University – and the apprenticeship scheme will allow us to expand the range of opportunities available to young people from Birmingham and the West Midlands who are at the start of their careers. The training they receive will enable them to develop their skills and work towards a recognised qualification which will, in turn, enable the University to continue to build our skilled workforce across all areas.”

Details of the apprenticeships currently on offer can be found online.

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For more details, contact Kara Griffiths at the University of Birmingham on 0121 414 3009.