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Apprentice programme to offer new opportunities in ICT sector

Monday, 1 August 2016

The Department of Economic Development, working with the Department of Education and Children and the Manx Information Communication Technology Association (MICTA), has launched a new apprentice training programme for the IT sector.

Commencing in September 2016, the programme has been developed to provide opportunities for people to commence a 2 year apprenticeship.  Apprentices will be employed for the duration of their training while also attending University College Isle of Man. 

Individuals completing the apprenticeship will attain a nationally recognised Level 3 vocational qualification in IT as well as a range of vendor qualifications, bespoke to the needs of their employer. 

Graham Cregeen MHK, Political Member with responsibility for Employment and Skills at the Department of Economic Development commented: 

‘I am delighted to be able to launch this new scheme. This programme is a direct result of the close working partnership between Government and the Private sector demonstrated by the range of placements due to be on offer in September. ICT will be a key driver in the economic success of the Island over future generations and it is essential we equip our workforce with the skills they need in the economy of the future.’ 

The new apprentice programme forms part of Government’s overall strategy to develop the skilled workforce needed to support the growth of this important sector. 

Tim Crookall MLC, Minister for the Department of Education and Children commented: 

‘With the rapid growth of the IT industry on the Island it was vital for our Departments to respond with effective additions to the programmes of education already in place. We have already stimulated fantastic IT education developments in the Island’s schools. It is now a great pleasure to announce the next step in this process and launch the ICT Apprenticeship.’

Further information and how to apply: 

To find out more about this exciting new apprenticeship opportunity visit: 

Applications are currently being accepted and all successful initial applicants will be invited to an event to meet with potential employers and secure their place on the programme commencing in September. 

MICTA’s work with young people 

‘MICTA work with young people to promote opportunities in digital technology through initiatives such as the Code Club, where hundreds of young people have proved they have the latent potential on the Island to be tomorrow’s stars of industry. 

MICTA successfully engaged its member companies and many have signed up to work on the Apprenticeship initiative in conjunction with the Department of Economic Development and University College Isle of Man. 

Vision 2020 and ICT growth 

E-business and E-Gaming currently account for approximately 25% of the Island’s GDP. 

Vision 2020, the Government’s strategy to grow the economy by 2020, establishes the Isle of Man as a “Tech Isle” with ICT based industry our current number one source of growth. 

As well as E-business and E-Gaming companies, the Island also boasts 6 Tier 3+ data centres, offering a key platform for future growth in this sector, supported by tomorrow’s skilled workers. 

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