Two more young technicians have secured full time jobs with ITPS, as Sam Laws and Luke Garbutt celebrate their recent new appointments as Junior Data Centre Service Engineers.

Our commitment to training young people goes back to the day ITPS was founded in 2000. Since then our in-house scheme has since helped almost 40 young people start their careers in IT.

Luke has been on our apprenticeship programme for two years. He first completed his Level 3 in Microsoft Certified Systems Administration (MCSA) back in 2016-2017 and is currently working through his Level 4 IT Professional stage, an 18-month programme that he is due to complete in August.

Sam also completed his Level 3 MCSA at the end of March and enter straight into full time employment with us, as a Junior Data Centre Services Engineer at our Tier 3, ISO27001-cerfified data centre in Chester le Street.

Our apprentices join our technical services and field engineer teams, gaining practical skills by working alongside engineers both at our offices and on client sites. This is backed up by formal training sessions which see our apprentices qualify with NVQs in a range of ICT disciplines, and a large proportion of them go on to be offered permanent jobs, either with ITPS or through our contacts.

Our apprenticeship programme is designed to give young people a combination of nationally-recognised qualifications backed up by practical experience, to help them build a good career foundation.

The benefits are two-fold – they gain from knowledge and experience that will set them on the right path, while we benefit from having well-trained apprentices who help to support our growth and success as a business.

Not everyone wants to go to university, some people do better through confidence building that comes via practical training and working alongside experts in their field. We are strong advocates of apprenticeship route into work, and over the last 18 years we have found some star staff via our own programme.