Critical Software Technologies announces apprenticeship programme
23 August 2011
In a bid to address the growing shortage of skills in engineering, meet new business demands and tap into local talent, Southampton-based Critical Software Technologies is launching a new apprenticeship programme this summer. The programme will open up a vocational route for young people into software and systems engineering, and help Critical Software to fulfil ambitious expansion plans for its Southampton and Yeovil offices at both of which the aim is to increase staff numbers by 50 per cent.
Brian Luff, chairman at Critical Software explains, “We’ve noticed a distinct lack of graduates with the right skills and knowledge in recent years, so we’ve decided to augment our approach to recruitment with this new scheme. So many young people are understandably being deterred from going to university due to rising fees and we feel that we can find the right people at a much earlier stage in their careers and work with them to develop skills we know they’ll use later in their careers.”
Critical Software has teamed with Solent Apprentices for Business which will set up the apprenticeship scheme on the company’s behalf. Apprentices will embark on a two year programme and their academic work will lead to level 3 and level 4 ICT qualifications. The apprentices will also gain valuable real-world experience from working on highly specialised projects, focusing on safety and mission-critical systems in the avionics, space, energy and defence industries.
“We’re looking to find people who will respect our values and adopt our culture, enabling us to build our business from the grass roots,” adds Luff. The company is hoping that by recruiting younger people, it may also find it possible to identify more talented female candidates, thus addressing the male bias that is common in engineering. One of the company’s most recent recruits, Karolina Kaniewska, has a Masters in Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence from the University of Southampton, and says, “I have no doubts about the benefits of working in engineering and the opportunities it can bring.”