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OCR has worked together with employer Mercato Solutions and Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMET) to create an employer focussed apprenticeship fit for the needs of the big data industry.
The Mercato apprenticeship came about after the Birmingham based employer identified a lack of appropriate candidates skilled up for the data implementation roles they needed.
BMET – one of the largest Colleges in the UK, already provides apprenticeships spanning a range of sectors including hairdressing, cookery and business administration. The College’s Assistant Director of Technical Innovation and Development, Clive Davies, is part of a ‘trailblazer initiative’ run by e-skills UK, and was asked to be part of a national team looking at different roles in the digital industries - particularly that of the data engineer. After discussions with Clive about their workforce needs, Mercato made the decision to commit to a one year apprenticeship programme.
Working together with OCR’s Cambridge Technicals in IT qualification (with added new IBM ‘Smarter Planet’ Units) the apprenticeship took shape, with 9 students enrolled on the pilot programme studying at the College for the first half of each week and working at Mercato’s offices in the second half.
Read the full story behind this collaborative approach to apprenticeships.