John Lewis searches for first batch of IT degree apprentices

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The major electrical retailer starts its scheme this September and companies across the IT industry are expected to follow suit

John Lewis has opened applications for its new flagship IT degree apprenticeship, which will launch in September 2016. Other companies across the IT industry are expected to follow suit.

Developed in conjunction with The Tech Partnership, the four year degree apprenticeship will offer eight students, who have completed A Levels, the opportunity to gain on the job training within the head office IT department at John Lewis.

At the same time they will study for a degree in Digital & Technology Solutions BSc (Hons) at the programme’s education partner Queen Mary University London.

johnlewisDegree apprentices will spend three days per week working in the IT department at the retailer’s head office in Victoria and two days per week studying at Queen Mary University London. IT apprentices will get the opportunity to work within several areas of the IT team in order to develop a technical specialism.

At the end of the four year programme candidates will obtain a full BSc (Hons) degree and progress to the next stage of their IT career within the John Lewis IT team. Candidates will see their salary go up through the programme, with a starting salary of £16,000 rising each year based on performance, and will not amass any tuition fee debt.

Paul Coby, IT director, John Lewis, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to work with The Tech Partnership to offer talented young people the opportunity to kick-start a career in IT through our new degree apprenticeship.

This programme is a great alternative to university and successful applicants will receive transferable workplace skills in addition to a degree education, and I hope that we will find some future leaders in IT via this scheme.”

Karen Price, chief executive, The Tech Partnership, said: “John Lewis was among the first to recognise the potential of degree apprenticeships in tech, and they have been closely involved in developing the rigorous academic and practical curriculum.

The programme, which has been accredited as Tech Industry Gold for its quality and business relevance, is an exceptional opportunity for talented candidates who want to build a successful and enjoyable career in technology. I urge anyone with passion for IT to apply.”

The new programme will run alongside other John Lewis apprenticeship schemes. Full details of all programmes can be found at:

jlpjobs.com/apprenticeships

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