Date: Wednesday 23 April
Place: The John Wigan Room, Oakwood House, Oakwood Park, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8AE.
Seven young people from around Kent have completed their first year as part of a new Microsoft apprenticeship programme and will be celebrating at a special Kent County Council graduation event to mark the occasion.
This is the first programme of its kind in the UK involving Microsoft working directly with a local council. The apprentices are the first cohort in this new joint programme between Kent County Council, Microsoft and training partner QA.
This scheme represents a level 3 apprenticeship, which will lead to an A-level equivalent qualification as part of learning the IT trade.
Roger Gough, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Education will be hosting the event to celebrate the successes of the scheme. He said: “As a county council we are thrilled to be working with Microsoft and helping make a difference to young people’s lives. The seven young people have learned many new skills simply from being in a work environment and also gained valuable Microsoft qualifications. I am delighted they will all be staying on with their employers and a number of them will be progressing on to a higher apprenticeship programme.”
Two more groups of apprentices have now started, one in September 2013 and another in April 2014. All of the companies involved in the initial group have taken on, or are in the process of taking on more apprentices this year.