Cloudforce: Salesforce Launches 20 Apprenticeships

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A few lucky NEETs could get two years work at a Salesforce customer

Salesforce has announced at the Cloudforce event in London that it will launch an apprenticeship scheme which will train 20 young adults this year.

The BizAcademy Apprenticeship scheme will provide a six week course in using as well as general business skills, which leads on to a two-year apprenticeship within a company that uses Salesforce. The scheme will pay “up to £100+ a week”, and includes training provided by specialist youth training company Skills for Growth Landmark,.

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According to the Department for Education there are around a million young adults in the UK who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs). A shortage of skills in IT has been a perennial problem, and solutions that have been suggested include apprenticeships, and improvements to the school ICT curriculum.

BizAcademy aims to get 16-24 year old NEETs with GCSEs into full-time work. They will get £30 travel expenses a week, and will come out of the scheme with an NVQ level 2/3 as well as cloud computing experience and a Salesforce training.

The programme is supported by the Foundation, through which the company aims to harness one percent of its employees’ time, one percent of its pre-IPO value, and one percent of the company’s product on social initiatives

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