Increasingly, technology is at the heart of everything we do, and is integral to the success of our economy, from building driverless vehicles to designing mobile apps: a career in tech is full of possibilities.
I caught up with ANS’ Talent Manager, Clare Barnes and Apprentice Development Manager, Steve Jones to find out why there has never been a better time to kick start a career in the tech industry.
So Clare, why are tech careers on the rise?
Clare: the use of technology is increasing by the day so the job outlook for technical positions is improving exponentially. However, demand is growing faster than supply so to put it bluntly, there is a shortage of digital skills across the UK workforce. In 2014, there were 1.4 million jobs in the digital sector and research from The Tech Partnership, suggests that by 2023 we’ll need a further 1 million new people to meet the demand.
To be honest, I’ve never seen a better time to get into tech. There’s more opportunity and more chance to apply creativity, technical excellence and multiple different skill sets to the opportunities out there than ever before. The tech industry is going to employ more creative people in the next two years than any other industry so it’s definitely a solid career choice if technology is something you’re passionate about.
You’ve mentioned the chance to apply creativity, but do you also need to be “techie” to secure a career in the tech industry?
Clare: Absolutely not. This is one of the biggest misconceptions actually. Take ANS as an example, yes, we need Cloud architects and Technical Analysts but the business needs to secure customers before our techies can take on any projects and that’s why our Marketing, Sales, Contracts, Procurement, Finance teams are just as important. We couldn’t run the business without them!
That’s a relief – we don’t all have to know how to code then!
So, how would you recommend getting into a career in technology?
Clare: Well, you could go down the traditional further education route if being classroom-based suits you. But you don’t necessarily need a degree or a PHD to secure a bright future in the industry. Apprenticeships are opening up another recruitment channel for young people who want a hands-on, practical approach in an industry environment, while gaining recognised qualifications and earning a competitive wage. Apprenticeships are something we are very proud to offer here at ANS.
Steve, as our Apprentice Development Manager you must know all there is to know about apprenticeships at ANS so can you start off by telling us a little bit more about the programmes we offer?
Steve: Sure, so at ANS we offer both technical and non-technical apprenticeships ranging from business Support, Sales Operations, Finance and Contracts and as well as our technical apprenticeships in our Managed Services department.
All apprentices will be given the chance to take industry recognised qualifications on our Digital Industries apprenticeship course and will receive mentoring by top IT experts. The qualifications we offer range from Infrastructure Technician to traditional subjects such as English and Maths functional skills and upon successful completion of the course, all of our apprentices are able to apply for a permanent job with ANS.
That’s amazing! Who wouldn’t want to go straight from an apprenticeship to a permanent job?!
For anyone who may still be sat on the fence, what would you recommend if they still aren’t sure if an apprenticeship at ANS is for them?
Steve: In the first instance I’d say check out some interviews with our apprentices. Our recent interview with Kirsty Fitzpatrick is a great place to start, and you could watch our Why a Career at ANS MeANS more than you think video. We also hold regular experience days throughout the summer so you can pop into the office to get a flavour of what it might be like to work here. You’ll get the opportunity to chat with some of our current apprentices and those that have graduated from the ANS Academy and have gone on to become team leaders and managers.
Thank you both for your time, it’s been eye-opening to find out more about the potential career prospects in such a thriving industry.