June 13, 2014

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Real Long-Term Apprenticeships In The UK - We Found One!!! Are There More Like This?

So, I'm inspired again.

Someone sent me a link to this web page detailing software apprenticeships in the South West of England and in Wales for Renishaw Plc.

I think this might be the first genuine, long-term apprenticeship I've seen offered by a real, credible employer in the UK. You may know of other examples, but more about that in a minute.

Years of personal research into this had led me to conclude that the apprenticeships on offer - what little their were - simple were not credible. They tended to be short. They tended to be technology or vendor-specific. They tended to be, well, a bit "Mickey Mouse", preferring to skip the tough stuff and the disciplines of writing software under commercial constraints in favour of "cool stuff" that may play well in digital agencies but is a poor foundation for a resurgence in UK tech.

There are three things I'd look for in an apprenticeship:

1. Is it long enough and in-depth enough for such a complex discipline?

2. Does it lead to a degree or equivalent internationally-recognised qualification? (Let's face it, even the best devs - without a degree - can hit a glass ceiling.)

3. Does the employer pay for it - or at the very least, doesn't charge for it.

The Renishaw software apprenticeship appears to tick all three boxes.

I'm not aware of any other schemes that currently do. Perhaps you are?

I'd like to hear about it if you do, so I can compile an online resource for potential apprentices interested in learning to be a good software developer.

Posted 3 years, 6 months ago on June 13, 2014