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Introducing the New Apprentice Program: Building a Bright Future Together!
We are thrilled to unveil the launch of our brand-new UK Apprentice Program!
This 24-month centralized training initiative is designed exclusively for early-in-career talented individuals who have embarked on their journey within WWT to make a new world happen.
As the next generation of WWT professionals, apprentices will immerse themselves into a structured training program designed to help them reach their full potential, by teaching them the sales, technology, and business fundamentals necessary to be successful professionals.
The goal of the program is to develop a consistent pool of young talent who have early career experience and knowledge of the WWT business areas in addition to modeling the WWT culture, by educating participants in:
- Professional Skills: Becoming a valuable and respected part of a larger team and supporting WWT's success
- WWT Knowledge: Building an understanding of our Go To Market (GTM), differentiation, positioning, and OEM landscape
- Sales and Business Acumen: Developing plans for individual career paths and continued growth
"We look forward to seeing you all excel, as you embark on this transformative journey within World Wide Technology!"
Frequently Asked Questions
This will vary depending on the line of business they are allocated to, however, in their time with World Wide Technology, they will go through a number of rotations to get an all-around view of the different areas within the business.
Between 24 and 36 months depending on WWT-specific content.
This year's program comes in partnership with Pareto Law which is an Education and Skills Funding Agency. The apprentices selected will undergo an IT Technical Sales - Level 3 study (A Level equivalent) during their first year, with an additional 3 months added for gateway and assessment clearance. Outside of this, you will be deepening your knowledge of WWT, our Partners and OEMS, and the many functions within. Subject to successful completion, selected members may then have the option to complete the Level 4 Sales Executive program, again offered by Pareto, lasting a further 18 months including the assessment.
The program uses structured classroom sessions and virtual training sessions held over Webex and MS Teams. These are led by industry experts and experienced professionals who have a deep knowledge of World Wide, and can cover a wide range of topics relevant to their field of work. e.g. technical skills development, industry best practices, and account management, or even topics aimed at developing their interpersonal skills.
The program also utilizes 'Amplify'; a sales enablement platform used to support the learning curriculum. Apprentices can expect to be enrolled in the "Apprentice Program series" which is split into sections.
The first section supports their onboarding over a 2-week period and subsequent sessions will then follow on a weekly basis. We may also look to utilize WWTyou and Udemy, as these offer a variety of learning content covering a broad range of subjects, from technical skills to personal development, enabling apprentices to expand their knowledge and learn at their own pace.
Apprentices will be provided with 2 different mentors during the program: a career mentor and an alumni mentor.
- Alumni mentor: This mentor will be assigned by week two of the program. They will be paired with a previous apprentice that has graduated from the program
- Career mentor: A mentor who has experience in WWT and navigating the technology industry will be assigned the apprentice to give advice and support their individual goals
Performance Evaluation: Regular performance evaluations will be conducted throughout the apprentice's rotations to provide feedback on their progress and identify areas for further development. These evaluations will help shape their learning journey and ensure they are making the most of the training opportunities provided.
Apprentices can expect to engage in a variety of learning experiences to develop their skills, knowledge, and personal growth.
Content will be consumed in a number of ways, using a blend of classroom and virtual learning via 'Webex' and/or 'MS Teams'. They will receive assignments through 'Amplify' our sales enablement platform, while utilizing our other e-learning platforms i.e. 'WWTyou' and 'Udemy', to support interpersonal skills in areas such as Workplace ethics, time management, presentation skills, teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking.
Additionally, apprentices will get the opportunity to attend:
- Industry Events, Conferences, and Seminars relevant to their field. These offer networking opportunities, exposure to the latest industry trends and innovations, and the chance to learn from industry leaders and subject matter experts. This also broadens their horizons and inspires fresh ideas.
- Community Engagement: Apprentices are encouraged to engage with the wider community through volunteering activities, corporate social responsibility initiatives, or outreach programs. This involvement allows apprentices to contribute to meaningful causes, develop empathy, and gain a broader perspective on the impact their work can have on society.
These learning experiences aim to enrich apprentices' overall development, nurture their curiosity, and empower them to become well-rounded professionals.
As apprentices will go through a rotation phase, it is expected that once in the field full-time, they will need to be supported locally to continue building on their skill set. Exploring the business areas while gaining hands-on experience will enable this and allow them to gain a deeper understanding of the different facets of World Wide Technology.
Apprentices will gain a deep understanding of our organization's operations, foster a diverse skill set, and develop the adaptability needed to thrive in a dynamic work environment.
Remember, each rotation presents a unique opportunity to learn, grow, and make a lasting impact and we are counting on them to embrace the challenges, ask questions, and seize the chance to develop a strong foundation for their future success.
As the rotation phase involves many business units each will have a development plan relative to that area. However, each of these has the following processes in place to support their learning: