In what it says is a first for a British company, Virgin Media will today announce a part-time apprenticeship scheme.
The announcement will be made at the company’s training centre in Birmingham. Virgin Media will reportedly become the first private company in the UK to launch a structured part-time apprenticeship scheme, with its new part-time field technician apprenticeship – planned to start in May this year.
Virgin Media plans to invest up to £4 million in apprenticeships, using the levy over the next two years to address skills shortages and improve workplace diversity.
Last month, a report called for part-time apprenticeships to allow women, carers and disabled people to take up opportunities. Polling carried out by YouGov for the Young Women’s Trust showed that more than half of employers (54 per cent) would be willing to offer part-time apprenticeships, including 65 per cent of those in the public sector.
Skills minister Anne Milton said: “It’s fantastic to see firms like Virgin Media investing in new high-quality apprenticeships. This new part-time apprenticeship will make it even easier for people training on the job and will help develop the digital skills our economy urgently needs.”