This National Apprenticeship Week, Cotswold IT company Gbics is launching its first ever apprenticeship programme.
Gbics, which is based at Global Business Park in Cirencester, has teamed up with another Cirencester company, The Apprenticeship Partner, to offer apprenticeships for the first time.
The company, which specialises in fibre optic products which have been integrated into bespoke networking solutions, is recruiting for apprentice warehouse operatives now, with a view to recruit a sales apprentice in the future, too.
Offering a starting salary of £11,668.80 — the National Minimum Apprenticeship wage — for the first three months, candidates can expect to be earning £16,600 after six months, moving up to £20,800 on completion of the apprenticeship if offered a full-time contract.
Gbics director, James Burgess, said: 'One of the advantages of an apprenticeship is that the individual will develop their relationship within the sector of choice and build a reputation within the working environment.
'Hannah, her company, The Apprenticeship Partner and Webs Training have been instrumental in giving us the impetus to look into this type of employment and training. We are looking forward to meeting the candidates.'
The Apprenticeship Partner was founded by Hannah Hockley and works with Cirencester College, Cirencester Chamber of Commerce and The Apprenticeship Management Group.
Hannah added: 'Being able to support Gbics to hire their first apprentice has been a great experience. It's a privilege to contribute to the development of future professionals and to witness firsthand the positive impact these apprenticeships have on both the individuals and the industries they work in.
'My passion lies in providing businesses who want to employ apprentices the support they need to do this positively and successfully.'
Applications for the apprentice warehouse operative position at Gbics are open now with a closing date of Sunday 3 March 2024.