Apprenticeship scheme for Worthing

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The Valuation Office Agency, the first government department to recruit IT apprentices to work towards an ICT Professional Apprenticeship qualification, is inviting talented and ambitious young people to apply for seven apprenticeship positions at its offices in Worthing.

Run in conjunction with Northbrook College, the scheme is designed to encourage and help young people further their IT skills with a view to enhancing their employment chances. All positions will be paid and short listed candidates will have an assessment day on 17 July before starting their apprenticeships in September at the Valuation Office Agency in Worthing.

Kevin Ransom, IT Skills Development team leader at the VOA, said: “Our positive experience to date makes it clear that apprenticeships provide a proven solution to our recruitment challenges. They also have a positive impact on young people in the communities where we operate by providing good quality training and experience in a number of IT roles.

“We’re delighted to be looking for further talented candidates and we’d like to invite people across the board to apply. This is a good opportunity for people living in Worthing to learn customer-focused IT skills such as service desk, project management, business analysis and infrastructure at the VOA with a view to enhancing their future employment opportunities.”

With the current recruitment drive and a previously successful one, the total number of apprentices at the VOA will rise to 21 across Worthing and London.

Frances Dean, 18, is currently an apprentice at the VOA. He said: “This opportunity is definitely making people think, ‘Is there an alternative to university?’ Yes, I would recommend it. It’s a big jump, but it’s definitely worthwhile. And you’re still getting qualifications that you might have gone on to do at college. You’re getting paid and you’re also getting experience.”

In March, a group of VOA IT apprentices were lucky enough to visit 10 Downing Street to celebrate their success in passing stages of the ICT Professional Apprenticeship qualification, designed by Agency colleagues in partnership with training providers in London and Worthing.