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IPL launches rural apprentices scheme

June 19, 2014

Liza-Jane Gillespie; Liza-Jane Gillespie Business reporter @lizajaneg

Would-be IT experts have been offered a leg up into the world of computers thanks to a Bath software fir m. IPL, which employs more than 300 people in Bath, has launched a rural apprenticeship scheme, Bright.

The three-year programme is looking for school leavers from a predominantly rural background, who have an interest in IT and want to kick-start a career in the industry while working towards an NVQ.

The Bright apprentices would join IPL's internal IT department, where they will be the first line of support for IPL's staff when they have computer problems.

This work will build the apprentices' expertise in a fast- changing field, leading them towards a place in IPL's pool of developers, who work on cutting-edge projects with UCAS, Nationwide and the Orange mobile network. John Gay, 20, is already an apprentice at the firm working towards an NVQ level four in system and network apprenticeship.

"I find I'm learning new things every day," he said. "The scheme mentors are incredibly supportive and being able to get involved in the running of a busy IT department from day one has been brilliant."

IPL's Business Services Director, who oversees HR and corporate social responsibility at the company, Lyn Penfold, said: "This scheme is a fantastic way for bright young people to apply their knowledge and enthusiasm for IT in a dynamic and growing company."

Anyone interested in the scheme can find out more on IPL's careers page, at

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Source: Bath Chronicle (England)

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