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Apprenticeship scheme launched to encourage local school leavers to consider the internet as a career

Oxford-based Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation best known for running the .uk internet infrastructure, today launches technical apprentice roles for 2013 to encourage local school leavers to consider a career in the fast-growing areas of software and internet infrastructure.

 
Many young people spend much of their lives on the internet so the scheme builds on this, suggesting that a career in an online area would be a natural choice. Overall, it aims to encourage more young people into online and technology focused roles at a time when there is a clear shortage of relevant skills and talent across the industry.
 
Lasting between 12 and 14 months, the technical apprentice roles offer high quality external learning and on-the-job training. Apprentices will work alongside technical teams, a line manager, and a workplace mentor on real-world projects that are part of everyday operations at Nominet.
 
Achievement for the apprentices will be based on a mixture of modular examinations and workplace assessment.
 
Gill Crowther, Director of Human Resources at Nominet, said: “At Nominet, we’re absolutely committed to developing skills and talent and our apprenticeship scheme is the perfect option for school leavers who want to get ahead in software and internet infrastructure. Opportunities to work on real world projects at this level are actually quite rare and when you add our informal, technology focused, exciting environment into the mix, it becomes clear that ours is amongst the most attractive apprenticeship schemes in the UK”.
 
Following Nominet’s recent research to mark International Girls in ICT Day, which suggested that uninspiring education and perceptions of the industry were factors putting girls off considering a career in IT, female applicants would be particularly welcome.
 
School leavers and their parents can find out more or apply for the Nominet Apprentice Scheme by visiting www.nominet.org.uk/apprentice

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About Nominet

Domain names are one of the key building blocks of the internet – an essential component of every email address and website. Millions of businesses and consumers now depend on Nominet’s services, which underpin a critical part of the UK Internet economy. 
 
Nominet is a private, not-for-profit business, responsible for the smooth and secure running of the .uk internet infrastructure.  We have over 2,800 members and are committed to acting in the public interest.
 
With the proceeds of our successful registry business, we set up and support the Nominet Trust, an independent charitable foundation focussed on increasing access, safety and education on internet issues. 
 
As part of our commitment to making the internet a more trusted space, we have also developed an information and advice portal - www.knowthenet.org.uk - which helps internet users to get the most of being online by staying safe, legal, and informed.
 

For more information

Please contact Victoria Marnoch at Brands2Life on 020 7592 1200 or by email at nominetuk@brands2life.co.uk
 
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