Scottish digital innovation firm Sitekit is developing and investing in tomorrow’s tech workforce by offering professional development and learning opportunities with West Highland UHI, Robert Gordon University and QA Apprenticeships.
For the past six years, Campbell Grant, Sitekit Group Chairman, has been behind the reins helping to create the initial Foundation Apprenticeship programme in Software Development.
Since then, the firm has taken on several young people offering them the opportunity to improve their software skills through foundation, modern, and graduate apprenticeships.
The company believes these programmes contribute to attracting a new workforce to rural communities while improving the local economy and providing staff with further opportunities.
Campbell said: “I am delighted with Sitekit’s dedication to supporting apprentices across Scotland. We are committed to developing the technical workforce of tomorrow. Regardless of location, our priority remains to educate young talent, supporting them throughout their journeys, whether it be foundation, modern, or graduate level.”
Quickly recognising the geographical limitations for apprenticeships, Sitekit acted promptly, working closely with West Highland College UHI to become the only virtual foundation apprenticeship provider in Scotland. The programme moved to a virtual platform to design a course available to everyone regardless of their location.
Nicola Hearnden, a lecturer at West Highland College UHI, said: “Sitekit’s Gold Standard Foundation Apprenticeship programme offers ground-breaking opportunities for pupils across the region to gain real world work experience despite rurality or local opportunity.
“We are delighted to partner with Sitekit in the delivery of this dynamic program and see exciting new worlds of opportunity open for our students.”
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Campbell continued: “One of our employees joined our team on Skye eight years ago. Within that time, he has completed a Foundation Apprenticeship in Software Development provided by West Highland College UHI.
“He is now in his last year of his Graduate Apprenticeship in BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business with Robert Gordon University, all the while remaining home in the Isle of Skye.
“We aim to continue supporting our apprentices on their journey through education and professional development, retaining local talent, and recognising growth through long-term placements and opportunities with Sitekit, regardless of location.
“We are committed to continuing our relationship with apprenticeships providers to give apprentices across the Highlands and Islands fair opportunities for workplace education, and to develop our rural workforce.”