On the 12th of November, Crimson celebrated the graduation of Crimson Academy apprentices alongside Meriden MP, Saqib Bhatti. The six apprentices who have successfully completed their Level 4 Software Tester Apprenticeship joined Crimson in September 2019 as part of the first Crimson Academy cohort. Since the birth of the apprenticeship scheme, Crimson Academy has gone on to win regional and national awards, including Medium Employer of the Year at the BirminghamLive Apprenticeship Awards in 2020.
The Crimson team gathered for an informal presentation to celebrate the cohort’s achievements, which included speeches from the Meriden MP and Crimson’s Managing Director Rob Mallaband. Back in 2019, Crimson Academy was created to reduce the digital skills gap by developing Microsoft Dynamics 365 consultants, while supporting Crimson’s three-year strategic growth plan. Apprentices now make up twenty seven percent of Crimson’s employees, inline with the strategic plan.
Provided apprentices meet their first-year targets and pass the course, they will have a permanent role as a Junior Microsoft Consultant at Crimson when the apprenticeship is finished. With a range of apprenticeship pathways, apprentices have the opportunity to join a range of departments within the technology solutions business, including Microsoft product lines, IT support, and project management.
Improving diversity and inclusion within the technology industry was another key goal of the apprenticeship scheme. In its third year, a quarter of the apprentices identify as BAME, while a third of all the apprentices are female. Ranging for 18 years old to 40 years old, the apprentices come from a range of backgrounds and experience levels.
When asked about the importance of apprenticeships, Saqib Bhatti commented; “It was an honour to present the Crimson Apprenticeship Awards at Resorts World Birmingham to the graduating cohort. Apprenticeships will play a critical role in filling our digital skills gap nationally as they equip our young people with the necessary skills to take on top jobs in industry. Crimson’s graduates will be entering the tech industry with a wealth of experience, and I wish them all the best as they take this very exciting step in their careers”.