BT have announced plans today to create 50 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs in Wales.
BT is expecting to create around 50 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs in Wales, as part of a major nationwide recruitment drive.
The company says it's casting its net across the UK for 300 top science, technology and business graduates who want to build their careers in the IT and Telecom sector.
Around 730 apprenticeships will also be offered to UK school and college leavers in the areas of engineering, software design, IT support, finance and logistics.
The company has also launched a new digital media technology apprenticeship that will provide new recruits with experience and skills in web development, digital networks, digital TV and digital media distribution.
BT's Chief Executive Gavin Patterson has described it as an exciting time.
Welsh Liberal Democrats are setting out ways to encourage more young people to take up apprenticeships. Business spokesperson Eluned Parrott says it should be considered in the same way as applying to attend university.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats are setting out a series of ideas which they say would encourage more young people to consider taking up apprenticeships.
- A schools liaison programme to boost the image of apprenticeships
- Apprentice Ambassador scheme
- Competitions to celebrate skills
- University-style application process including clearing
- A single information, application and support system
Business spokesperson Eluned Parrott said:
Welsh Liberal Democrats are to set out a series of steps aimed at encouraging more young people to take up apprenticeships. They're say the numbers on apprenticeship placements fell by a third between 2006 and 2011 and accuse the Welsh Government of failing to do enough to reverse the fall.
Responding to the statement from the Welsh Government on apprenticeships in Wales, Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Business said that although it offered valuable experience he feared the scheme wouldn't lead to full time permanent jobs.
Plans to spend £40m on apprenticeships in Wales over the next two years have been set out today.
The Welsh Government says apprenticeships are a great way to get real qualifications and improve skills, while earning a wage.
They are open to everyone, "whether you're a young learner, or want to change your career pathway."
The first priority for anyone interested in doing an apprenticeship might be making the most of Apprenticeship Week, which is going on at the moment.
There are open, taster and advice sessions, as well as a number of events targeted at encouraging employers to realise the benefits of apprentices, through until Friday.
All year round, Careers Wales has advice on apprenticeships and allows you to apply for them.
Call: 0800 100 900
In November, the Welsh Government agreed an additional £20m for apprenticeships for 2013-14 and £20m for 2014-15.
The Welsh Government has set out how it plans to spend £40m on apprenticeships over the next two years.
Its plans include:
- Creating 5,650 new apprenticeship places
- An enhanced wage subsidy of £3,900 over 52 weeks for employers taking on young apprentices aged 16-24 through the Young Recruits Programme
- A one-off payment of £500 for small and micro businesses to cover the time and costs they said were a barrier to recruiting apprentices
- £3.4m to support people who wish to do apprenticeships in the Welsh language
It follows a report last October which found that not enough businesses here are exploiting the full potential of apprentices.