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NRW Apprentices off to a flying start

A ground-breaking apprenticeship scheme is celebrating the successful qualification of its first batch of apprentices.

All nine young people taken on by Natural Resources Wales’s (NRW’s) “Cyfoeth” ICT scheme have now completed their qualifications and been appointed to permanent jobs with the organisation.

During the past eighteen months the apprentices, based in Bangor and Cardiff, worked alongside ICT professionals to develop their technical skills and expertise, and to gain professional qualifications.

Helen Furlong, one of the successful apprentices said:

“The scheme has given me a great opportunity to pursue my career in ICT.

“With guidance from NRW colleagues, it’s been a stimulating learning experience provided in a workplace environment.

“I’m looking forward to building on this solid foundation as my career progresses.”

Emyr Roberts, Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales, presented the apprentices with their awards.

The scheme is the first of its kind in Wales to be developed in conjunction with Microsoft.

Now, during Apprenticeship Week 2015 (9-13 March), NRW is looking to take on new applications.

Emyr Roberts said:

“We’re offering young people an opportunity to gain ICT skills and employment, and increasing the overall skills base to compete for ICT jobs in Wales.

“Many employers have contacted us to see how we’ve designed the scheme and to learn from our experience.

“For new applicants, we’re also looking to offer incentives to make the scheme more accessible to people in disadvantaged communities.”

The apprentices received Level 3 IT Software, Web and Telecoms Professional Certificates.

Anyone interested in an ICT apprenticeship should apply via NRW’s website or email Mark Diggle at cyfoeth@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk for more information.

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