Virgin Media is taking on 116 new recruits from its apprenticeship programme this week and has plans to expand the programme this summer.
Recruits are paid up to £17,000 a year on the courses which run from between one and two years. Apprentices study a wide range of digital and business skills and customer experience. Successful graduates receive nationally recognised qualifications.
Virgin Media is launching its next apprenticeship scheme during National Apprenticeship Week in March. Last year’s programme saw huge demand with 7,500 applications in 2013.
The programme has three levels of apprenticeships - intermediate, advanced and higher - and runs courses in installation and service, network engineering, network planning and management. Salaries for intermediate apprentices start at £12,500 with advanced and higher apprentices starting at £17,000.
Speaking at the apprentices graduation ceremony Virgin Media’s new chief executive officer, Tom Mockridge, said: ‘We are investing in the future of our business as well as the communities we serve by offering young people a great start to their careers with us. They are becoming experts and champions of the fastest broadband and the most advanced TV so have a vital role in serving our customers throughout the country.'
Chris Starling, head of apprenticeships for Virgin Media, said: ‘Our apprenticeship programme has gone from strength to strength with huge demand for opportunities in recent years. Virgin Media’s courses offer a superb insight into our business and are an excellent gateway to stimulating and prosperous careers.’
Virgin Media has helped 785 current and graduate apprentices since launching its apprentice programme in 2008 and has been recognised as a top employer by the Government’s National Apprenticeship Service.
Amongst those graduating this year was Jekabs Dravnieks, a telecoms engineer based in Wellingborough who was named Intermediate Apprentice of the Year 2013 by the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals.
Details of Virgin Media’s search for a new intake of apprentices will be announced during National Apprenticeship Week in March.