The quality of IBM’s apprenticeship scheme, developed in affiliation with OCR, was recognised earlier this month when it was voted Best Apprenticeship Programme 2013 by recruitment experts, TARGETjobs. IBM’s apprenticeship programme was selected from a shortlist of schemes offered by some of the most prestigious names in employment.
IBM’s two year apprenticeship scheme offers talented 18-year-olds who have finished their A Levels a challenging career route which is also a credible alternative to higher education. New apprentices are selected to join the scheme at intervals throughout the year.
OCR has worked with IBM so that their apprenticeship scheme is mapped to nationally-recognised OCR ICT Professional Procom qualifications. The bespoke and comprehensive scheme allows apprentices to achieve their Level 3 Apprenticeship and puts them in a very strong position for further career progression.
Parviz Daneshvar, Professional Development Manager at IBM UK said: “This is the first time an apprenticeship award has been introduced into what has traditionally been a graduate event and we are thrilled to be the first winners for our scheme.”
Mark Dawe, OCR Chief Executive said: “Congratulations to IBM. We are not surprised that their apprenticeship programme has been judged such as success and we wish all IBM apprentices good luck for the future.”
As well as helping companies to create and develop their own bespoke schemes, OCR’s own apprenticeship programmes focus on Business and Administration, Customer Service, Health and Social Care, IT, and Management and Professional Services, debunking the myth that apprenticeships apply to manual skills only. OCR has ambitious plans to expand its Higher Apprenticeship range at Level 4 and above.
Find out more by visiting the dedicated OCR Apprenticeships section of our website.