Six future computer experts are launching their careers at Kingston University as part of an innovative programme run by the Faculty of Technology. Members of the Modern Apprentices Scheme are boosting their knowledge on the job maintaining the University's information technology systems and equipment.
Apprentice Jose Lopez is looking forward to putting the 12 months' training he has received since signing up for the Government-funded scheme to the test. "I'm determined to finish my NVQ and then go on to complete a Foundation Degree so the chance to work and learn at the same time is extremely exciting," he said.
Run in partnership with Richmond College for the past four years, the scheme gives participants the opportunity to acquire the practical skills needed to complete Level 3 of the NVQ award. Many go on to enrol for University Degrees.
The Faculty's Technical Manager, Mike Phillips, said the programme was part of a concerted effort to tackle the University's shortage of professionally-qualified information technology staff. There were enormous advantages for everyone involved, he added. "While the University benefits from the apprentices' increasing confidence and expertise, they receive exposure to different work environments," Mike explained. "The scheme also opens up career paths either within the University or in industry, where some of our former apprentices are now doing very well."
Bridge - The Kingston University magazine