ANS Group invests in new Cloud Academy

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Managed services and cloud specialist, ANS Group has launched its own apprentice academy to create more apprenticeship opportunities for young people in the IT sector.

The ANS Cloud Academy will provide real jobs with industry leading training for approximately 50 apprentices each year – with up to five new apprentices joining the business every month. ANS will be recruiting apprentices through schools, colleges and youth charities such as Manchester-based The Factory Youth Zone.

The move follows latest statistics from the National Apprenticeship Service, which show that Digital apprenticeships are amongst the most oversubscribed in the UK – attracting an average of 17 applications per role.1

The apprentices will receive training and support from ANS technical staff who are experts in Cloud infrastructure and virtualisation technologies.

Beyond on-the-job training, apprentices will also have the opportunity to pursue vendor certifications and Cloud Academy graduates are guaranteed employment at ANS provided they have successfully fulfilled the requirements of the 12-month scheme.

ANS’s Cloud Academy has been part-funded by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. As part of a new initiative, the Chamber is managing the implementation of Employer Ownership of Skills (EOS) programs for a number of Greater Manchester businesses.

Scott Fletcher, Chairman of ANS Group, said: “I’ve always championed apprenticeships, having started my own career through the Youth Training Scheme which gave me enough experience to set up ANS at 22.

“At ANS we’re leading the way in nurturing young talent, something that the sector as a whole needs to be concerned about given that the UK’s Digital industry may face serious problems in the future because of a skill deficit.

“By offering each apprentice the opportunity of full time employment beyond the scheme we’re confident that they’ll become some of our most valuable employees, bringing fresh thinking to the way we run our business.”