Mon 24 February 2020, 9:43 am
A digital consultancy firm is promoting the benefits of training new talent by taking on apprentices with the University of West London (UWL).
Onepoint Consulting Ltd says it believes in “putting something back into society” as it helps students to get vocational training alongside working towards their degrees.
The North London-based consultancy firm, which offers data management and digital transformation services, has taken on three software engineering degree apprentices over the past three years.
Company director Shashin Shah says the students are adding value to the business while it is investing in young people’s futures.
“We have a strong belief in putting something back into society and we see apprenticeships as a major part of that, supporting talented people to start their careers”, he says.
“We have three incredibly bright young people working with us and there is so much mutual benefit.
“They bring a young energy to the company and to see them developing their skills and abilities as they grow and begin to contribute ideas back into the team, is so rewarding for us all.”
Shah says the apprentices spend four days a week in the office and the fifth in class at university, earning wages while working towards their degrees.
Onepoint has an in-house curriculum that complements the university studies, teaching apprentices skills including computer programming, design, and software development.
Shah adds: “This is about sustaining our future and staff retention and happiness at work. We provide our apprentices with additional and focused training in specific areas, and are always pushing them to explore what they can do so they can benefit as much as we do.”
Janet Rowson, head of degree apprenticeships at UWL, says: “We are incredibly proud of all of our Degree Apprenticeship partnerships, and it is incredibly rewarding to see businesses like this benefit as they help people access education alongside full-time work and the value that is adding to the workplace.”
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