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Author Topic: Virgin Media First in UK to Launch Part-Time Apprenticeship Scheme  (Read 128 times)


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Cable broadband and TV provider Virgin Media has this morning announced that they will become the first private company in the UK to launch a structured part-time apprenticeship scheme, which over the next two years will be supported by an investment of up to £4 million.

The operator has been running an apprenticeship programme for the past 10 years and over that period some 839 apprenticeships have been completed (196 are currently on the programme). As a result 464 of the total still work at Virgin Media and they’ve also increased female apprentice enrolments by 66% since 2016 (note: the number of apprenticeship enrolments doubled from 2016 to 2017).

    Catherine Lynch, VM Chief People Officer, said:

    “On the job learning works for everyone. Our flexible and diverse apprenticeships are helping jump-start careers across Virgin Media from aspiring field-technicians right through to finance gurus. There has never been a better time to join our team.”

    Anne Milton MP, Minister for Apprenticeships & Skills, said:

    “It’s fantastic to see firms like Virgin Media investing in new high-quality apprenticeships. This new part-time apprenticeship will make it even easier for people training on the job and will help develop the digital skills our economy urgently needs.”

This is a good time to be working in the telecommunications industry. There is a lot of future work to do, so I can imagine it will be a long and worthwhile career choice.

I remember Openreach doing something similar a few months ago.

Let's hope these 'Tech' colleges update their courses to prepare their students.
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