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Intequal Apprentice Celebrates Success at Microsoft’s HQ

Apprentice Prashant Gehlot has today graduated from Intequal’s Microsoft Apprenticeship programme at a graduation ceremony held at the Microsoft headquarters in Reading. Prashant has been doing his apprenticeship at Ultima in Reading.   Intequal began as a joint venture helping Microsoft to engage with 24,500 Microsoft Partners in the UK, specifically to promote IT and digital apprenticeships. It is now a Microsoft apprenticeship programme provider with over seven years’ experience of working in employer-led apprenticeships that address an important need. Testament to the value of the apprenticeship programme, 92% of Intequal apprentices receive permanent job offers.   Steve Payne, Director at Intequal, said: “Over the last two years, Intequal has delivered training to over 370 apprentices at 160 employers across the UK. We are thrilled that we are helping young people get started in their chosen careers and we regularly hear from our partners, that their apprentices are a real asset to their employers.”   In partnership with Microsoft, Intequal offers a choice of apprenticeship programmes, each with a specific focus within the IT and digital sector, including: digital marketeer, infrastructure technician, network engineer, software developer, software tester, technical sales and IT support.   Glenn Woolaghan, Director of Partner Business & Development at Microsoft, said: “The digital skills gap is currently costing the UK £63 billion a year and we as a nation need to solve this. While classroom training is time consuming and costly, apprenticeship programmes present a valuable alternative, not least by providing the ongoing workplace learning needed for students to retain employability. In acknowledgment of this, Microsoft will deliver 30,000 new apprenticeships through its partner network by 2020, a goal that Intequal is supporting wholeheartedly.”   Intequal’s repeat business with employers is currently at 43% and 86% of Intequal’s clients are SMEs. Its programmes have been developed using input and feedback from customers, and it offers an innovative delivery model via online, instructor-led/ blended classroom sessions, giving countrywide reach while minimising workplace disruption for both employer and apprentice. All apprentices are supported throughout their apprenticeship to ensure successful completion. Testament to the value of the apprenticeship programme, 92% of Intequal apprentices receive permanent job offers.   To find out more about Intequal’s apprenticeship programmes, go to www.intequal.co.uk