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It apprenticeships for aspiring IT professionals in Birmingham

Microsoft's training provider, QA, is working with Hays Information Technology, the leading recruiting expert, to find fourteen apprentices to work in Birmingham for a ten month period. The apprenticeships will be available to any unemployed people with five GCSEs including Maths and English and an appetite for a career in IT. Microsoft and QA, hope to kick-start the careers of up to 2000 apprentices across the UK over the next two years.

Hays and QA will be holding two assessment centres in Birmingham on the 31st of March, looking for potential apprentices. Hays will be looking to attract a wide number of applicants and will utilise social networking sites and online advertising to promote these opportunities.

Ashley Rice, Director at Hays IT, said: "I am very excited to be partnering with QA. Youth unemployment is an increasing problem and we hope people will be interested in these excellent opportunities, within the IT sector. Apprentices will benefit from gaining relevant, hands-on work experience and real qualifications that are recognised in the UK IT industry."

Ben Pike, Director at QA comments: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Hays to help people into their first role. Hays' experience and commitment to identifying potential candidates will be pivotal to the success of this programme. We expect numerous opportunities to be created across the country and believe that this is an excellent way of investing in raw talent at the same time as addressing skill shortages within the sector."

To find out more about applying for an apprenticeship in your area please visit: www.hays.co.uk/jobs/microsoft_apprenticeship

For further information about Hays Information Technology, please visit: www.hays.co.uk/it

About Hays:

Hays plc is the leading global specialist recruitment group. It is market leader in the UK and Australia, and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe. As at 31 December 2009, the Group employed 6,644 staff operating from 325 offices in 28 countries across 17 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2009:

  • the Group had revenues of £2.4 billion, net fees of £670.8 million and operating profit of £158.0 million;
  • the Group placed around 50,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 270,000 people into temporary assignments;
  • the temporary placement business represented 56% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 44% of net fees;
  • Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and United Kingdom.

For further press information please contact:

Alex TuckerHays T. 020 7259 8821E. alexandra.tucker@hays.com

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