Market Research Finds Apprenticeship Opportunities Lacking in IT Sector

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27th June 2012 15:20 - Information Technology

According to graduate careers site TARGETjobsIT.co.uk, there is a lack of work experience opportunities in the technology industry and it is deterring many undergraduates from pursuing a career in the sector.

The study questioned 700 IT and engineering undergraduates - while 61% of the respondents had decided to enter the IT profession before they started university, around a fifth thought that they would end up working in another sector

The main reason the surveyants gave for this change of direction was the current lack of work experience opportunities.

Chris Phillips, Publishing Director at GTI Media (the company who created the TARGETjobsIT website), responded to this finding by saying that it is "worrying" to see so many people being put off the IT sector and looking elsewhere.

Nevertheless, he added: "The situation is improving, and employers attending the Forum had already committed to extending their placement programmes. They also suggested that students unable to get formal work experience undertook practical project work at university and learnt new skills in their vacations."

To further tackle the issue, it was announced earlier this month that an independent review will be taking place to explore the future of apprenticeships and help create more of these positions in the future.

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