Bridgeworks STEM Apprenticeship Scheme Announced

Apr 20, 2018

Bridgeworks features in the Lymington Times to announce new STEM apprenticeship scheme.

Bridgeworks STEM Apprenticeship Scheme Announced Bridgeworks

IT Firm Charging Up For New Apprenticeship Scheme

April 20, 2018

LYMINGTON UK based IT firm Bridgeworks Ltd specialises in helping companies move computer data across the world at high speed and is set to launch a new apprenticeship scheme.

Bridgeworks, which has its headquarters at Ampress Park, will work with Bournemouth and Poole College to deliver a new industry-based training programme, as an alternative to the traditional university route. Managing Director David Trossell said: “We will be offering one apprenticeship this year and hopefully if it goes well, will be in a position to offer another one or two next year. With universities the way they are many young people are anxious about the prospect of having a E45,000 burden around their neck. We hope that this will enable young people still to have a career in the computer industry through an alternative route.”

Founded in Verwood in 1982, Bridgeworks specialises in WAN data acceleration, which helps firms like IBM and Dell move large quantities of digital data around the world at very high speed. It currently works with Brockenhurst College, Southampton Solent University, the University of Kent and other learning institutions to offer training opportunities and work placements to students.

David said: “We are looking for young people with a real interest in computing and software, they could be studying A Levels in computing, maths or science or undertaking a BTEC in computer studies. “When they come to us they would not necessarily need a vast depth of knowledge -just a passion for computing. We can expose them to a huge amount of information. ”

As well as working with Brockenhurst College, Bridgeworks sponsors its annual STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) awards that celebrate the achievements of young people studying for A-levels and BTECs. Brockenhurst College assistant principal Ann Johnson said: “Our STEM awards event was really popular with students, parents and teachers. We are so grateful to our sponsors for recognising the hard work and success of all our STEM students. Success in these courses open the doors to university, apprenticeships and employment and a career in vital industries for the Solent area and beyond.

Studying STEM courses at Brockenhurst helps to develop mathematical and problem-solving skills alongside personal qualities of maturity. We are thrilled that students have been able to develop their skills in all these areas and to have their success recognised.”

David added: “As a lifelong advocate of the apprenticeship scheme of the 1980s and 1990s I am really excited about the opportunity our software development technician apprenticeship could create for the right young person. It is a great way to allow young people to say in continuous education while they are gaining invaluable industry experience and also earning a wage.

With our new apprenticeship scheme, my team at Bridgeworks hopes to give our apprentices a running-start to a successful and innovating software development career. So, we look forward to developing long-term relationships with local colleges, universities and their students.”

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