SOS Systems, Unidoc Solutions and IT@Spectrum are already on board
Canon has launched its Partner Apprenticeship Programme, designed to support channel partners address the industry skills gap whilst providing young people with attractive career opportunities.
In the programme’s first year, Canon aims to on-board 30 apprentices with 70 to follow in year two.
Once qualified, apprentices will have the technological and business skills to take up roles such as integration specialist, service delivery analyst and helpdesk technician in one of Canon’s accredited print and imaging solutions partners.
A number of current partners including SOS Systems, Unidoc Solutions and IT@Spectrum are aiming to support the programme from its launch. “As we move further into a digital-first world, we’re seeing an increasing need for apprentices with a certain skill-set.
“These skills are key to our growth aspirations as a provider of innovative print and business process solutions,” said Ken Sturdy, managing director at IT@Spectrum. “Through Canon’s programme, we’re reinforcing our commitment to apprenticeships, enabling us to expand the opportunities they provide and present emerging talent with a vibrant career opportunity.”
Adam Poole, responsible for Canon’s B2B go-to-market strategy, said: “The industry needs to invest in new skills and talent. We are proud to be able to support the next generation of IT print and imaging professionals build careers, whilst simultaneously supporting our partners to develop the talent they need to achieve their business development goals.”