Ci is working with a range of partners to test and evaluate different models for supporting people to move from unemployment to employment, or from one occupation or sector to another, through fresh or re-freshed tech and life skills training, which also address key tech and digital skills gaps regionally and nationally.
Our successful Veterans Accelerator programme is delivered through SaluteMyJob, a social enterprise, and IBM’s Corporate Citizen Programme. This classroom based course is hosted at our Head Office in Hartham Park, Corsham, where 150 veterans have gained certification in two of IBM’s cyber security tools. The programme has demonstrated that with technical training and life skills coaching and support, service leavers with a generalist background and no previous experience in tech, can successfully transition into well-paid jobs in the commercial cyber security sector. This proven model is now ready for further collaboration with employers across the South West and nationally to widen the pipeline into work; and for testing with other groups of people facing significant changes (ex-offenders and women returning to work, for example).
We celebrated the 100th student gaining IBM certification in September 2017. You can find out more about that event and the programme in this blog post.
We are also exploring other training models and approaches to evaluate and learn from, and would welcome a discussion with other potential partners. If you would like further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org