6 April 2017: Today the UK Department for Education implemented an Apprenticeship Levy which aims to combine employment with skills and quality training. BJSS, the award-winning, delivery-focused IT consultancy is already an enthusiastic employer of apprentices, and we look forward to welcoming even more apprentices to our team.

Our apprentices contribute to a live project and become increasingly ‘hands-on’ as they develop their skills. They also benefit from access to our award-winning internal training channel, the BJSS Academy, and certification related to their chosen career route.

For example:

Harrison Chapman (Testing Apprentice, 2016) 

“One of the most amazing things about BJSS is the fountain of knowledge you can tap into. When I kicked off my apprenticeship at BJSS, I got the opportunity to interact with people across the different testing roles and learn about what their day-to-day jobs involve. The experience has taught me a lot about the different tools and techniques you can use to test software.

Even though I was a new apprentice, I was quickly assigned to the team responsible for testing the new MOT system for the DVSA. This was a challenging project, but my colleagues supported me throughout, and my confidence quickly kicked in. Since then I’ve worked on testing assignments for separate projects for two additional clients. I am also part of the BJSS delivery team providing pro-bono consultancy support to Turinglab, a BJSS CSR partner that provides fundamental IT teaching support to disadvantaged children. On this role, I am responsible for conducting non-functional testing using JMeter, so that Turinglab can expand its service to British schools and handle lots of concurrent users.

Today I am a permanent member of the BJSS testing team. I get to work on exciting projects, I meet lots of really clever people, and I get to use some really cool software tools. It has been rewarding for me to kick off my career as an apprentice, and the scheme has provided me with a worthwhile and valuable route into IT Consulting.”

Jordan Woodhead (Testing Apprentice, 2016) 

“After completing sixth form, I joined BJSS as an apprentice and was exposed to project work almost immediately. I was lucky enough to spend a year on the NHS e-RS project in a team of approximately seven functional testers. Here I contributed to supporting the application after the NHS had made it live.

I was tasked with adhering to NHS Digital’s strict deadlines and BJSS’ uncompromising commitment to quality. I thoroughly enjoyed this engagement because I knew I was making a positive impact towards healthcare. I’ve now successfully completed my apprenticeship and I’m delighted to have been offered a permanent job at BJSS to stay on as a Junior Functional Tester.

BJSS offers continued support and I feel very lucky to have started my career at a company that values its employees and places importance in creativity, collaboration and passion.”

Glynn Robinson, BJSS managing director, says: “We place a particular emphasis on youth development.  Our Apprenticeship Programme offers compelling career routes into IT consultancy for talented school and college leavers.”

BJSS Corporate Communications Contacts:

MWWPR
Public Relations Advisors to BJSS
Tel:  +44 20 3725 2339
Email: bjss@mww.com

David Clark
BJSS Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7337 9800
Email: david.clark@bjss.com