Portsmouth South MP Lends Support to IT Apprenticeships

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By redbrickers | Friday, May 04, 2012, 18:16

IT apprenticeships in Portsmouth delivered by The National IT Partnership (NiTP) in partnership with Highbury College received a boost from local MP Mike Hancock, when he visited a local technology company.

The Portsmouth South MP met new apprentices George Whiffing, 19, and 17 year old Jacob Adams, who were recruited as part of NiTP's nationwide commitment to get 2012 young people into real jobs in 2012. Both apprentices are working towards their apprenticeship at Dunstan Thomas, whilst studying with NiTP at Highbury College. 

Mike Hancock MP commented on the visit: "Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to get vital practical qualifications and on the job experience. They create full-time job opportunities and can provide a stepping stone to further study. Employers are recognising the immense value in apprenticeships – they are proving a vital method of getting our young people into work – something that has become a big problem in this recession."

Melanie Rignall, Academy Manager, NiTP says: "Our partnership with Highbury College means that local employers will be able to invest in developing the skills of their IT team. Apprentices learn in the workplace and the classroom. NiTP equips apprentices with skills and knowledge of the most up-to-date technologies and shapes learning to suit the needs of the employer and the apprentice."

NiTP works in partnership with Highbury College to offer young people IT apprenticeships. The next intake of IT apprentices will start the 12-month course in July 2012. The course comprises key IT qualifications including a Diploma in ICT Professional Competence, Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles, CompTia A+ 701 and 702, Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Security Fundamentals and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Networking Fundamentals. Apprentices are employed by local employers and a minimum of 14 weeks training will be delivered by NiTP at Highbury College.

Apprentice George Whiffing explained the experience he is gaining at Dunstan Thomas:

"I've been able to hone my web development skills here. I'm designing a website specifically for Dunstan Thomas customer and major investment management business for a high profile industry awards event that they are sponsoring. This is great experience which I can add straight to my CV."

Jacob plans to use the experience gained on the apprenticeship as a building block for completing a foundation degree in IT networking at the college before going on to complete a full IT degree at the University of Portsmouth. 


NiTP is holding an open evening for would-be IT apprentices at Highbury College starting at 16.00 on 9th May 2012 and is hoping to attract more than 100 new apprentices over the next year.  There are 24 places available for IT apprentices in July. The college is also looking for more local employers to sign up to take apprentices. You can make contact with Melanie Rignall at NiTP on Tel: 02392 328860, Mobile: 07979856438

NITP academies provide apprentices with industry recognised IT qualifications, underpinned with the practical and valuable experience secured via employment as an apprentice.



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