Development of future leaders of the Scottish IT industry continuesSeventeen apprentices graduated today at our new North of Scotland Centre in Inverness, after successfully completing the new Highlands Apprenticeship Programme. The apprenticeship scheme is an important part of Capgemini's plan to create up to 500 new high-tech jobs in the Scottish Highlands over the next three years.
Graduation certificates were presented to the 17 successful apprentices by Christine McFadyen, HR director, Infrastructure Services Northern Europe at Capgemini and Gordon McGuiness, deputy director, Industry & Enterprise of Skills Development Scotland.
The graduating advanced modern apprentices included 12 from the Capgemini service desk and five from the server management team. Each has completed a programme of on-the-job training which included being awarded an SVQ level 3 as well as a Cisco ITE qualification. The 17 apprentices will now progress within Capgemini, with responsibilities including helping to develop and mentor the next group of apprentices.
Christine McFadyen, HR director, Infrastructure Services Northern Europe, Capgemini said: “This is a great achievement for those graduating today, everyone at Capgemini is very proud of our newly qualified Apprentices. We take our responsibility for the next generation of the IT industry very seriously, and we have increased the number of apprentices specialising in security, networking and infrastructure management. Higher Apprentices are bringing in fresh ideas and new talent to the sector and we’ve already had many existing apprentices promoted. As this group of higher apprentices continue to progress at Capgemini, I have every confidence in their future success.”
Skills Development Scotland, Deputy Director, Industry & Enterprise, Gordon McGuiness, said: “The graduation ceremony reflects Capgemini’s commitment to investing in young people and to increasing the size and skills of its workforce in the Highlands.
“By choosing a Modern Apprenticeship the young people are choosing to invest in their careers and their futures. It’s particularly pleasing to know that the advanced level apprentices will be mentoring the next crop of Capgemini apprentices. Capgemini’s dedication to developing young talent has been recognised by being named as Skills Development Scotland’s Youth Employer of the Month, an award that award highlights the country’s best youth employers to inspire others to follow their example.”
Gareth Reid, one of our apprentices graduating today added: “I always loved IT and knew I wanted to forge a career out of it and am extremely proud to be graduating today. This apprenticeship has been a great way for me to guarantee a future within a sector I’m immensely passionate about.”
About Capgemini in the Highlands and our apprentice programmes
Capgemini offers a broad spectrum of IT support, development and service capabilities from its Inverness facility, and views the location as a global centre of excellence on behalf of the company's multinational client base. All its new recruits undergo intensive training and education both initially and throughout their careers with the company. Its Highland apprentices complete programmes designed by Capgemini in alliance with leading educational specialists Baltic Training Services. Training for Capgemini UK employees takes place on-site at a number of locations in Scotland and England, and also includes residential courses at the Capgemini University in France.