IBM's first apprenticeship scheme was launched in London last week and welcomed by Skills Minister John Hayes. The scheme is supported by IT Professional qualifications from OCR.
OCR has worked closely with IBM to provide bespoke assessment for the talented apprentices who have gained places on IBM's two year scheme, mapping the level of the IBM training to recognised OCR qualifications. IBM's programme assessment outcomes are aligned to meet the qualification criteria.
Upon completion of the programme, IBM apprentices will gain OCR's IT Professional qualifications, Procom, in recognition of their skills. Procom covers a broad range of skills, including asset management, info management, systems architecture, software design, ICT systems and data security, to suit IT practitioners across a range of careers and will contribute towards full apprenticeship certification within the IT and Telecomms Apprenticeship Framework.
Jenny Taylor, recruitment manager for graduate, student and apprenticeship programmes, IBM UK and Ireland, said: "IBM is continually looking to develop and invest in its future leaders. The Apprenticeship Scheme is a great opportunity for IBM to engage with a new pool of talent. We have worked closely with OCR to examine and qualify the training plan for our apprentices and OCR has been supportive throughout."
Mark Dawe, OCR's CEO, said: "OCR welcomes the Government's recent announcement of £250 million to support the expansion of its apprenticeships programme. We provide the components that make up Apprenticeship Framework qualifications. Our awarding body offers ready-made qualifications for training providers and colleges, as well as working in collaboration to develop specific apprenticeship programmes to meet an organisation's needs."
For further information about Procom, please view the qualification.