Welsh IT consultancy launches trainee schemes to close tech skills gap
Welsh IT consultancy DevOpsGroup has launched its 2019 intern and graduate programmes as part of continued efforts to close the growing tech skills gap.
Delivered through the DevOpsGroup Academy, the schemes offer practical work experience and academic training centred around the latest DevOps, Agile, and cloud practices and technologies.
James Harvey, head of the Academy, said: “We’re thrilled to be running our internship and graduate programme and supporting a new cohort of tech talent for yet another year.
“Tech skills shortage shortages are a major challenge for organisations globally, and STEM learning can quickly become outdated as technology continues to evolve rapidly.
“By leveraging real-life practitioner experience and working closely with local universities, we’re on a mission to break new ground and grow the next generation of IT professionals in the UK.
“We combine hands-on work experience with academic training to help interns and graduates expand their skillsets and accelerate their career progression.”
Accelerating tech careers
Supported by experienced IT practitioners who work on daily projects for the likes of ASOS and Admiral Insurance, DevOpsGroup interns and graduates get to use the latest cloud technologies and take part in exciting internal projects.
Each person will be provided with a tailored learning roadmap, detailing the training and key activities they’ll encounter over the year. This includes the opportunity to take part on four accredited training courses – including BCS DevOps and Agile foundation certificates, Azure DevOps, and AWS Technical and Business Professional.
Applicants for the intern engineer role should have a genuine passion for technology and be studying towards a degree in a related field, while potential graduate engineers are expected to achieve a 2:1 in their studies.
23-year-old DevOps engineer Greg Sharpe, a computer science graduate from Aberystwyth University and former intern at DevOpsGroup, said the scheme allowed him to develop his technology skills and take his career to the next level.
“I decided to apply for the internship programme at DevOpsGroup because it looked like an amazing way to start off my career in the technology industry. After getting in touch with the company, I was impressed with the support on offer and knew it would be a great way to learn the tricks of the trade,” he said.
“When I was accepted onto the scheme, I took a year out from university. Whereas my degree was more academic, this gave me a real-world insight into the sector and how things worked. For instance, I had the opportunity to use the latest technologies and work alongside highly experienced engineers.”
After completing his studies, Greg returned to DevOpsGroup as a graduate engineer and was recently promoted to DevOps engineer. He added: “It was motivating to know I had a potential job opportunity lined up, and I eventually went on to re-join the company. I can’t wait to keep developing my career here.”
To create high-quality graduate opportunities, DevOpsGroup works closely with academic institutions such as Cardiff University’s National Software Academy.
Matthew Turner, industry and external engagement manager at the Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics, said: “Our aim is to tackle the shortfall of qualified, industry-ready software engineers, by producing sought after graduates with industrial experience who will be recognised as leaders in their field.
“This is achieved by combining teaching and training in a bespoke commercial/IT environment, developed in close partnership with industry and local businesses, of which DevOpsGroup is one.
“DevOpsGroup are a natural partner for the Academy as both organisations share a similar focus on closing the digital skills gap and developing software engineering practices. We have been delighted that DevOpsGroup have contributed to the curriculum, provided summer internships for our students and have employed one of our first graduates.”