Many variables define the quality of a candidate, especially within an industry as reliant on technical ability as IT - but which of these is most important to a recruitment consultant looking to place such a candidate? During the recruitment process, consultants examine and assess potential candidates against three primary criteria.
Just IT in association with the Spring Project and Step have been working together delivering radical job skills and employability training to unemployed IT graduates at Google Campus in London.
The entry level recruitment market is experiencing a period of change - the British government has committed to promoting equal worth between academic and vocational forms of education by funding apprenticeship programmes and offering grants to companies willing to utilise them. The market still primarily targets university graduates for these roles, however 48% of recruiters have expressed a shift towards favouring apprenticeships. It would seem that apprenticeships are here to stay, but what does that mean for the standard of candidates entering the workplace?
There are two primary teaching models that dominate the training market - the traditional classroom approach and the e-learning approach. What can we do to address their problems?
We catch up with Vincent Walker, a previous student of the Just IT Apprenticeship programme, to see how he's getting on.
The EU predicts there will be a demand for 900,000 IT professionals by 2015, whilst there is an estimated 26 million unemployed in the region. Coupled with this, it is estimated that IT related roles will be one of the top 5 skill demand areas in the next 2 years. In short, there is not the number of IT professionals in the market to cover this growth and alongside this the number of IT graduates is failing to rise with the demand.