5 March 2021 – The UK’s leading young people’s jobs site GetMyFirstJob.co.uk and Microsoft today announced the launch of the Microsoft Apprenticeship Connector – an online apprenticeship platform that will connect more jobseekers with companies who need apprentices.
It aims to simplify the apprenticeship process by listing vacancies across Microsoft’s network of partners and customers. The Connector also helps Microsoft’s partners and customers promote their apprentice vacancies to a larger and more diverse range of candidates.The Connector is a partnership between Microsoft and GetMyFirstJob who provide online career choice support and have conducted extensive work in social mobility and diversity & inclusion, to ensure talent pipelines are as diverse and representative as possible. More than 25,000 school, college, and university leavers register with the site every quarter, making it one of the UK’s largest and most trusted pools of young jobseekers.
During the pandemic, GetMyFirstJob recognised that traditional recruitment processes were exacerbating barriers to social mobility. It created an online solution to connect people with opportunities via alternative career pathways, helping place three candidates every hour and reaching more than 4.1m people in 2020.
Almost half of UK firms are looking to recruit tech workers and those roles require the same technical skills – data analytics, AI and cyber security – regardless of the company or sector. Microsoft predicts that the UK will have the capacity for another three million tech jobs by 2025. While overall apprenticeship starts declined by around 16% year on year, digital remained flat, with starts outperforming the market trend April through to June 2020.
Commenting on the launch, Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer and supporter of apprenticeships said: “We know that apprenticeships work and I’m committed to creating more opportunities as part of our Plan for Jobs. That’s why at Budget, I doubled the cash incentive for employers to hire apprentices and introduced a new flexi-job apprenticeship programme that will enable apprentices to work with a number of different employers in one sector.
“It’s great to see Microsoft using their technology expertise to make it easier for people to engage with these fantastic opportunities. As the world becomes increasingly more digital, these skills will play a crucial role in helping us build back better from the pandemic.”
The new Connector is designed to increase diversity and inclusion in entry-level recruitment into the digital sector, by connecting apprenticeship roles available in the Microsoft network with the candidate reach and talent expertise of GetMyFirstJob. Supporting campaigns driven by GetMyFirstJob will ensure the many compelling reasons to enter a career in digital and IT are understood by a far wider group of potential candidates, and regardless of their background or location.
David Allison, CEO, GetMyFirstJob.co.uk and TheTalentPeople.co.uk, commented: “We see that the pandemic has accelerated the growth in IT and digital job opportunities, particularly given the need for reliable connectivity and security between more distributed workforces, as well as the continued rise in ecommerce and tech. We’re delighted to be able to support Microsoft, their partners and UK employers to raise the profile of this career pathway and ensure the UK is a global leader in producing talent in this expanding sector.”
Clare Barclay, CEO, Microsoft UK, said: “Digital apprenticeships are one of the best routes to well-paid careers in businesses of all types, not just in tech. It’s why we have worked hard over the past 10 years to help provide thousands of people with the skills and training needed for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow. Yet even in the current jobs market, the reality is there are many vacancies going unfilled. I encourage anyone thinking about getting started in digital to visit The Microsoft Apprenticeship Connector and take the next step.”
At launch, 26,000 Microsoft Partners will be able to use this approach to develop their skills for the future. Jobseekers and employers will be able to discover, access, upload and apply for:
- Apprenticeship vacancies such as programmers and software development roles, which can lead to an average starting salary of £44,700 post the apprenticeship programme and certification
- High-quality training programmes, insights and learning resources from the Microsoft Apprenticeship Network which could lead to certification
- Guides to help apprenticeship training partners and employers design and deliver apprenticeship programmes in digital roles working with Microsoft technology
About GetMyFirstJob.co.uk and TheTalentPeople.co.uk
GetMyFirstJob and TheTalentPeople were established to help companies access the talent they need, when they need it. We use a wide range of technologies to help candidates become better informed about the opportunities that are open to them so that when they start work, it is based on an informed decision having considered the options. As a result we help to break down the barriers that exist; from challenging the gender stereotyping of industries to sharing the many new opportunities available through apprenticeships. Through this work, employers large and small can access better, more informed candidates who become the talent of the future.
Our mission is to help employers access and employ the talent of tomorrow by using innovative technology to inform young people about their options and create effective and efficient routes into training and employment.