Employer Case Studies

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With common threats to broadcasting companies including piracy and broadcast signal intrusion, as well as personal information hacking and ransomware, the BBC is protecting its staff and audience from cyber-attacks with help from Firebrand Apprenticeships.

It’s where we see the future. There is so much potential and to offer an on the job experience is great. The BBC can only benefit from this and will ensure that we are getting staff who are right for the job.Information Security Manager, BBC

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Channel 4

When he started looking for an apprenticeship, Hamish McGowan wasn’t looking specifically at a career in cyber security – in fact, he wasn’t even looking for a career in IT.

I was working for a plumbing company, fabricating pumps; I’d no idea what I really wanted to do. I stumbled across Channel 4’s apprenticeships webpage and found the application for the Cyber Security Technologist position.Cyber Security Apprentice, Channel 4

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Fidelity International

For businesses like Fidelity International, who have long understood the value of hiring and developing apprentices into loyal and highly skilled employees, the Apprenticeship Levy provides an opportunity to make apprenticeships the norm. Fidelity understands that the skills development opportunities offered by apprenticeships aren’t just about gaining a qualification, but about setting individuals on a long-term career path, allowing them to grow and develop within the business.

We’ve had apprentices in our technology division for a long time, but with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and our successful delivery in previous years, we wanted to increase those numbers in 2018Early Careers Programme Manager, Fidelity

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Hitachi Solutions

Hitachi Solutions were intrigued by the apprenticeship programme developed by Firebrand and Microsoft. Instead of the usual day-release model, Firebrand's programme allows their apprentices to get experience at work, punctuated by accelerated training courses throughout the apprenticeship.

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Thomson Reuters

The busy financial services division of multi-national media and research business, Thomson Reuters, needed a new injection of talent and IT expertise to help the business. Instead of taking on a graduate or an already skilled employee, they took the decision to employ an apprentice with Firebrand.

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New Signature

New Signature is a cloud-first, full-service Microsoft Gold partner delivering innovative technology solutions. With a workforce of over 400 permanent employees, New Signature hires Firebrand apprentices to help with their Azure and Office365 skills strategy.

We are passionate at New Signature in ensuring that we develop talent but just didn’t have the chance to do it! With the Levy, it has given us the opportunity to think and invest in our first ever two apprentices, which is so successful we need another two to join us Carolyn Deer, HR Manager at New Signature

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Reliance acsn

Reliance acsn currently manages over 1,000 security devices for more than 80 customers across five continents, with clients spanning multiple sectors including banking, telecoms, retail, government, insurance and leisure. To ensure Reliance employees are trained in the latest cyber security skills, they took on seven cyber security apprentices through Firebrand.

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IJYI came to Firebrand to hire and train an apprentice, and help them grow their business. IJYI had a need for specific skills and they found an apprenticeship to be the best way to meet that need. By doing this, their business was able to continue its rapid growth and take on more projects.

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5G Communications

5G Communciations has hired multiple apprentices through Firebrand, and are in the process of recruiting more:


TechQuarters has also hired multiple apprentices through Firebrand. CEO Chris Dunning explains: “I’m amazed with the professionalism, reliability, responsibility and capabilities that our apprentices possess. It’s a great thing to work with them on a daily basis and see them grow. The apprentices add an incredible amount of value to the team. Without them, TechQuarters wouldn’t be where it is today”.

Pythagoras Communications

Pythagoras Communications Ltd hired an apprentice called Kimberley through a Firebrand Microsoft Dynamics programme. Kimberley went on to win a Microsoft Apprentice of the Year award.

CEO Paul O’Sullivan, explains: “What we’ve found is that the apprenticeship gives more practical skills, which the apprentice can immediately apply, and get value for the business. I would say bringing in Kimberley as an apprentice has probably been a saving of around 50% over the normal route through a graduate intake.”

“We needed a flexible approach that ensures apprentices don’t spend long times out of the business in training. Firebrand’s accelerated model really allows us to do that – the apprentice trains in intense blocks of time, and are quickly back in the business adding value.”

“Not only do apprenticeships bring great, relevant, new staff into their organisation, we’re also seeing employers benefiting financially. There’s a huge ROI for employers - after the first year, on average, employers are benefiting by £6,000. That grows the longer they invest and keep the apprentice in the business.”

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