Students and young people in the city are being offered the chance to take part in a major new apprenticeship scheme.

Business services provider kinex, based in Sharston, is launching an in-house scheme offering on the job training to candidates across Manchester.

Would-be apprentices are being recruited across all areas of the company, including in kinex’s IT, HR and Finance divisions, with places advertised via local recruiters and the Government’s own apprenticeship website.

They will spend up to 24 months with the company, enjoying workplace, classroom-based and self-directed learning, with a starting wage of between £11,000 and £15,000 a year.

The first two candidates, Alex McCullen, 18, and Alex Cannon, 22, have already taken up their places.

Alex McCullen found out the scheme through kinex’s training provider, QA Ltd – and is loving every minute of it.

As he explains, the combination of real life training and studying, was a real draw. Alex, from Sale, says:

“I’ve always been interested in IT and this seems like a really good way to learn and earn at the same time. I wanted to find a way to start my career and to join a company where I can make some real progress. I’ve already learnt loads and I’m really enjoying the training – I’m looking forward to seeing where it takes me.”

Alex Cannon, from central Manchester, adds:

“I found out about the scheme when I was researching ways to retrain in IT. I graduated from university in 2017 and tried my hand in tech brokerage but I found
myself more interested in the technology itself as opposed to the value-added reseller market surrounding it, leading to a change of heart in what I wanted to pursue as a career.

“I decided to hunt for an apprenticeship as a ‘fast track’ into a career as opposed to studying and being placed in the ‘lack of experience limbo’ when looking for future work. This scheme allows for hands on experience in the role as well as earning in demand qualifications.”

kinex specialises in providing business services to SMEs, including fixed lines and calls, broadband, mobile, gas, electricity and water. kinex CEO Chris Earle, says the initiative is part of a wider commitment to engaging with and giving back to the local community.

He says:

“As a company with proud links to Manchester, and south Manchester in particular, we work hard to support our wider community. There is real talent here and we want to help create new career
opportunities for young people in the region by providing first-class training and career development. Alex and Alex are settling in well and proving to be a real asset to the team.

“We’re looking forward to seeing them developing their skills further – and to welcoming our next bunch of recruits.”

Find out more about future apprenticeship opportunities here: www.verastar.co.uk