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Oracle Corporation in Reading is giving young people a chance to kick start their careers in IT with its first apprenticeship scheme in partnership with East Berkshire College.

A global supplier of complete, open and integrated software and hardware systems, Oracle has recently recruited four apprentices for its System Support team at its Reading office through the College.

The quartet spends two days a week at the College’s Langley Campus and the rest on-the-job training on Oracle’s products and services. In the workplace, they are undertaking a series of three-month rotations, which includes working in the lab and out in the field providing technical support to customers.    

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Oracle Corporation in Reading is giving young people a chance to kick start their careers in IT with its first apprenticeship scheme in partnership with East Berkshire College.

A global supplier of complete, open and integrated software and hardware systems, Oracle has recently recruited four apprentices for its System Support team at its Reading office through the College.

The quartet spends two days a week at the College’s Langley Campus and the rest on-the-job training on Oracle’s products and services. In the workplace, they are undertaking a series of three-month rotations, which includes working in the lab and out in the field providing technical support to customers.     

As a world-leading business systems company, with more than 380,000 customers –including 100 of the Fortune Global 100 – Oracle recognises the importance of investing in recruiting and developing new talent.

Stephen Lewis, Business Operations Manager (UK/Ireland) at Oracle, explains: “Training is paramount in order to obtain the calibre of people we need. As a company, we need to ensure we have a flow of talented service engineers, and the higher apprenticeship scheme teaches the high level of knowledge and practical skills we require.  

“We were quite specific on what we needed the course to cover and the level of qualification in order to attract good quality candidates. It has been a real pleasure working with the College; they have been very responsive and understanding of our needs. They were extremely flexible about start dates and worked closely with our HR department to help us access funding and recruit the right apprentices.”

Catriona McGill (18, from Farnborough) is one of the four individuals benefiting from the two-year apprenticeship scheme at Oracle:

“I started a Business Management course at university in September, but left after a few months because I wasn’t enjoying the course. I’m so pleased I applied for the apprenticeship as it really is the best of both worlds. Oracle and the College work together to ensure what I am learning is relevant to what I am doing at work. This means when I complete my apprenticeship, I’ll not only have gained an HND qualification, but I’ll also have the experience to go with it.”

Fellow apprentice Adam Griffiths (19, from Oxford) agrees: “Higher apprenticeships are a great alternative to university. I had offers to study computer science at university, but I saw the role at Oracle advertised and decided the best way to get into IT was via an apprenticeship. With an apprenticeship you gain a more specialist qualification and skills, work experience, no debts and a real career path.

“Working for Oracle is my dream job. I’m enjoying it so much that at the end of the day, they have to remind me it’s time to go home.”

East Berkshire College trains hundreds of apprentices every year, in subjects from engineering to hairdressing, and helps businesses recruit apprentices.

As well as the more traditional trade-based apprenticeships, the College now offers a range of new apprenticeships in areas such as Business Administration, Accounting, Customer Service and Hospitality & Catering. An increasing range of new higher apprenticeships (Level 4) are also available. 

Local businesses interested in taking on an apprentice, can contact East Berkshire College’s Business Services team on 01753 443855 or by clicking here.

 

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