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Trainee ICT Technician Schemes, Apprenticeships etc - anyone know anything?

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by , 26th May 2011 at 12:24 PM (6849 Views)
I'm potentially looking to bring in either a gap-year or a trainee ICT Technician.
I might only get approval for one year at the outset so I was wondering if anyone had experience of doing that recently and if there were any channels to get help, advice or even suitable candidates.
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  1. neilenormal's Avatar
    I had a regular supply of one year students from the local University, who were doing a course that required them to spend the third year of their 4 year course in Industry. We had some excellent people who all aspired to working for the big boys in IT but soon found that the grounding that working in a school gave them proved invaluable to their future careers. I suggest you contact the nearest University to your School and see what they do?
  2. IanHamilton's Avatar
    Thanks for the suggestion Neilenormal - we do use gap students and that was one path I was considering. I'm sure that grounding would be invaluable so long as they could handle the 'non-glamour' and graft of doing basic IT support.... Hence I started thinking of apprenticeships. But, yes, with the right person that would be ideal too.
  3. stuartridout's Avatar
    Hi Neilenormal. What kind of wage do they get?
  4. neilenormal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by stuartridout
    Hi Neilenormal. What kind of wage do they get?
    We employed them on the NJC scales used by local authorities, and the grade was set by a role matching exercise. They were employed on a term time only basis so the annual salary was pro rata'd down accordingly. Most of them said it was OK, and provided a means of paying the rent and some "beer money" on top!!
  5. JessFlack's Avatar
    Hi Ian,
    I'm a Work-based Learning Advisor from City University London and often place students in IT Helpdesk/User Support roles in schools etc, in fact most of our IT students looking for placements will do this kind of work as it provides them with a really good technical grounding - something they will need when they graduate and search for graduate roles. At City, we use SFIAplus to map our students' learning, it might be of use to you have a look at this if it's not something you've come across before? You can see the basic version here SFIA Foundation | SFIA Home | SFIA Foundation and if you are a member of the BCS you can see the full SFIAplus version via the main membership page. It's an industry standard matrix of all the jobs across the IT industry that people can do - at various different levels. Most students will start out at level 2 and work their way up. Helpdesk/user support comes under USUP - Service Desk and Incident Management.
    Hope this is useful.
  6. IanHamilton's Avatar
    Jess
    Many thanks. Have been told no funding this year now so on the back burner but I've found out a lot more about how modern apprenticeships work so maybe next year...
    Ian
  7. JessFlack's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by IanHamilton
    Jess
    Many thanks. Have been told no funding this year now so on the back burner but I've found out a lot more about how modern apprenticeships work so maybe next year...
    Ian
    Hi Ian,

    That's a shame, but it seems to be a similar picture across the board. Best of luck with your future recruitment. Jess

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