Apprenticehip scheme could mean up to 25 new jobs

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Lee Evans

Vital Technology Group is planning significant investment in its award-winning apprenticeship scheme.

It’s to develop an in-house training programme and recruit up to 25 apprentices over the next three years to help with its growth plans.

The Wetherby-based firm’s new apprenticeship programme will be designed in-house by Vital’s founding MD, Lee Evans, and experienced apprenticeship graduates.

The new scheme will be designed to deliver even more value to the business and its future cohorts of apprentices through a broader and more advanced range of professional training, and a more rigorous and structured programme of internal training.

Mr Evans said: “Our apprenticeship programme has been a cornerstone of our success to date, and many of our most experienced and successful employees are graduates of it and have gone on to forge long and rewarding careers with the company.

“As we gear up for our continued growth we are continually looking at how to develop and grow our workforce; recruiting staff who fit into the Vital culture and have the broad range of skills and experience required to work in an outsource environment is a real challenge and potential obstacle to maintaining our expansion.

“We are very excited to develop our own, in-house apprenticeship programme and we are putting this at the forefront of our future growth plans.”

He added: “We have seen a gradual decline in the quality of ‘off the shelf’ apprenticeship programmes because of training providers jumping on the apprenticeship bandwagon, quite often delivering the minimum possible standard and quantity at the lowest cost to maximise their own profits from the available funding.

“By designing our own scheme and bringing this in-house, we will be able to ensure that our apprentices receive the best possible combination of professional training and certifications and in-depth, structured internal teaching.

“Our vision is to deliver the most comprehensive IT technician apprenticeship programme anywhere in the UK; delivering a steady stream of enthusiastic and high calibre IT professionals into our business as we continue to grow over the coming years.”

Vital was established in 2006 and founded its programme of apprenticeships two years later having found it difficult to recruit employees with the necessary IT qualifications.

At present, Vital is in the running for the Employer of the Year accolade at this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards.