Travel technology specialist developer Vertical Systems has begun a series of activities aimed at identifying young local talent to join its apprenticeship scheme.
The firm is recognised by computer training organisation Basildon ITEC as its largest employer of information technology apprentices in the area.
Vertical Systems is a sister firm of a number of travel brands including suppliers Bedbank and Transfer4Travel, homeworking agency Holiday Experts, Greece specialist Amathus Holidays and hotel and resort portfolio Your Holiday Booking.
Vertical Systems is about to embark on a series of presentations at local schools and colleges to generate interest from potential apprentices.
It will also continue to support the Essex Business Awards and this year will sponsor the award for business growth.
Vertical Systems operations director, Nyki Dilworth, said: “It’s very important to teach life skills, interaction with people and other elements of employment they will never learn at school.
“This process allows us to keep recruitment costs low, influence the ‘Vertical Systems” work ethics, support the community and reap the rewards of our investment.”
Vertical Systems apprenticeship scheme offers trainees guaranteed employment after two years on completion of the course and attaining an NVQ qualification.
It also offers the chance to apprentices to obtain Microsoft qualifications.
This scheme to develop home-grown talent has been so successful the company is now being extended across other brands within the Vertical group.
The firm said 70% of the support and management team at Vertical have come from apprenticeship schemes serving an average of 14 years employment.