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Inverness tech firm Capgemini aims to boost staff learning

By Gregor White

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Some of the Capgemini staff who will be taking part in the new apprenticeship programme
Some of the Capgemini staff who will be taking part in the new apprenticeship programme

EIGHT members of staff at an Inverness-based technology services firm are being put through their paces on a new graduate apprenticeship programme.

Delivered by the Open University, the programme for Capgemini employees has been designed as a fast-track scheme for those who already have a relevant qualification.

Funded by Skills Development Scotland and supported by the European Social Fund, it will allow the team members to work towards a BSc Hons in Cyber Security.

Darren Robbins, deputy manager at Capgemini’s security operations centre, said: “As a consulting, technology services and digital transformation company we are committed to our employees’ development to help them unlock their potential.

“Through this new graduate apprenticeship offer, we’re now able to provide them with a more advanced qualification to accelerate their careers.

“Our apprentices will use their workplace experience and studies to gain a degree, and Capgemini and our clients will benefit from their new knowledge and understanding of cyber security.

“The Graduate Apprenticeship will be delivered fully online, which the Open University specialises in, which means our apprentices don’t need to travel to learning centres or lectures.

“Once they have gained their degree, there is the option to continue to postgraduate level in cyber security, which is a fantastic opportunity.”

Suzanne McQuade, business relationships manager at the Open University, said: “We’re proud to work with Capgemini to support the continued progression of their cyber security team through our apprenticeship provision.

“Graduate apprenticeships allow employers like Capgemini to upskill their workforce and attract and retain talent. That’s especially important in the Highlands and Islands.

“As the world of work rapidly evolves, graduate apprenticeships are hugely beneficial to employers of all types and sizes.”

Find out more at www.open.ac.uk/scotland/study/graduate-apprenticeships

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