1,000 UK apprenticeships will be created over the next three years, Microsoft has announced.
The news comes as London mayor Boris Johnson and Business Secretary Vince Cable launched National Apprenticeship Week in the City, and have called on big business to take a more active role. The Mayor hopes to drum up 20,000 new job opportunities in the capital by the end of the current academic year, with 9,000 jobs so far secured.
‘London is the engine room of the UK economy and over the next three years Microsoft intends to deliver 1,000 apprenticeships in the capital through our network of partners,’ commented Stephen Uden, Microsoft’s head of Skills & Economic Affairs. Microsoft has a network of 5,400 small- and medium-sized enterprise IT partners in London, where it can train young, unemployed people as technical support assistants.
In addition to Microsoft, Virgin Media will provide nearly 90 apprenticeships for London, while major law firm Norton Rose said it swill take apprentices onboard as part of its recruitment programme.