12.2 C
Lancashire
Friday, June 14, 2024

Roq launches new apprenticeship scheme to promote technology careers 

Quality Engineering consultancy, Roq has launched its first Level 4 Apprenticeship qualification in Software Testing.  The cohort starts the first part of their intensive training this week with a comprehensive induction programme.

The Chorley-based, values-driven company provides tailored, high-quality technology solutions to some of the world’s largest organisations and is keen to promote careers in the sector.

The qualification, equivalent to a foundation degree, has commenced for Roq with eleven initial apprentices, all from the North West, as part of the company’s Roq Quality Engineering Academy 2023 intake.

Roq has worked closely with partners at job centres, the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and the Armed Forces Covenant and various community groups and educational organisations to ensure the initial intake of apprentices came from a diverse and inclusive range of backgrounds.  A core objective of the business has been to bring more women, career changers and ex-forces personnel into the technology sector to begin their journey in Quality Engineering.

One of the new intakes is Levi Cole, who recently graduated from university and was referred to Roq’s Academy Recruitment Specialist Shaheen Gul by Chorley Job Centre. Levi has an interest in technology, but there were limited paid work experience opportunities in his local area, and so, it was proving challenging for him to find work.

Levi said: “Being able to have an open conversation about the role with Shaheen encouraged me to consider the organisation and the wonderful opportunity which was available. I am grateful to both Roq and my employment advisor at Chorley Job Centre for giving me this opportunity. My advice to anyone looking for a career break is to explore all the options available to you.”

Another of the new apprentices is Joanne Greenhalgh, who was also referred to the scheme by her employment advisor at Preston Job Centre. Joanne was a stay-at-home mum who has recently completed an Open University degree in Computing, and she was keen to now explore a new career away from her previous work in hospitality.

Speaking about the apprenticeship opportunity, she said: “When I studied for my Open University degree, it opened a whole host of opportunities, and I found new skills which I had not explored. My work coach put me forward to speak to Roq about the Modern Apprenticeship. Being able to find out about the role and what the apprenticeship was offering gave me the confidence and encouragement to apply. I am truly grateful for this life-changing opportunity and cannot wait to embark on this new pathway”.

Roq has invested in its own academy to recruit new talent into the industry, with its commitment to growth, training and diversity at the heart of the company’s future growth plans.

Sarah Riggott, head of people at Roq, said: “The Level 4 Apprenticeship in Software Testing is an opportunity for individuals to start, or maybe re-start, a career in software testing, and set themselves up for a long and successful career in the sector.

“We’re looking for people who are inquisitive, good at problem-solving and have strong attention to detail. We also want individuals who are enthusiastic about learning new skills and who have the tenacity to develop knowledge while working in an exciting and ever-changing environment.”

Roq will be recruiting for the next cohort from March 2023. To find out more, please visit https://www.roq.co.uk/roq-life/quality-engineering-as-a-career.

spot_imgspot_img

Latest

Sky Bet Bonus Code 50/1 England to Wear White

New customers at Sky Bet this June, ahead of...

US Open: McIlroy and Cantlay share lead after round one

Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay hold a share of...

Work begins on £1.5m annex to Greater Lancashire Hospital

Greater Lancashire Hospital has commenced building work on a...
spot_img

Subscribe to our newsletter

Business Lancashire will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.

Don't miss

Benefits of a fire alarm system

Whether for your business or at home, having a...

Who’s Viewing Your Social Media? An In-Depth Look at Privacy Tools and Settings

Curiosity about who views social media profiles is common....

College sustainability expert helps homeless charity save thousands on energy costs 

Nelson and Colne College’s sustainability expert has teamed up...

Best UK Football Betting Sites For 2024

Football is the UK's biggest and most popular sport....

More News

Survey by INTO University Partnerships Reveals Record Number of Applications by International Students to Universities and Destinations

International students worldwide are applying to more universities and destinations than ever before, according to a global survey of education counsellors conducted by INTO...

One Young World Leader Ella Robertson McKay Advises Youth: Use Your Skills

It certainly seems the world is rife with complex challenges — but Ella Robertson McKay and One Young World are empowering youth to drive...

NILE and British Council Launch Professional Development Programs for Colombian Teachers

The Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE) and British Council have partnered to deliver a series of professional development programs for English language teachers in Colombia. This...