Three new graduates at Cheltenham-based technology consultancy, Emerge Digital, mark the launch of the company’s first graduate scheme following a successful history of employing apprentices.
The new hires include graduate software engineer, Sergei Drew, working within Emerge
Digital's innovation division, and two
graduate sales executives, Max Wilkins and Fergal
to help the
business continue to grow its client
The new recruits are to support the firm’s continued growth, having increased its revenue by more than 30 per cent in the last 12 months.
After rebranding last year
from First Solution to Emerge Digital,
the launch of its new service and
product lines such as its AI
consultancy service and OnyxSecure package, have acted
as catalysts for growth, with the brand's client base also increasing by 30 per cent.
The company has also made critical appointments at board level, including renowned cyber
academic and government advisor, Professor Richard Benham, who joined as
a non-executive chairman. Phil Ball also
joined the team as head of
innovation in May 2023, to spearhead the technology development arm
of the business. These hires mark a 35 per cent increase
in team size at the firm within the last 12 months.
The company’s success this
year has also been
recognised with local and industry awards. Emerge Digital named
the South West’s Technology Solutions Agency of the Year 2023 in the
Small Business Awards 2023. The brand
was also named a finalist in the Cyber Business of the Year category and
shortlisted in the Customer Excellence category at the SoGlos Gloucestershire
Business Awards 2023.
CEO of Emerge Digital, Nigel Church, said: 'This year marks a significant milestone for
Emerge Digital. Our continued growth and the infusion of fresh, talented graduates
into our workforce embody the success we've strived for and the bright future ahead.
'Our history of progressing people from apprentices to fully fledged developers, executives and engineers has given us great experience in helping people find their way into a career in technology. Our graduate scheme is the subsequent step in our commitment to creating jobs for the next generation of innovators in the South West.'
The company’s contribution to the local job market was also recognised by a recent visit from Myles Stacey OBE, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister.
The visit included an in-depth discussion on its apprenticeship scheme, its newly initiated graduate programme, and the increasing influence of AI in today’s workplace, particularly in the south west, which has become a cyber and technology hub in the UK.