Virgin Media recruits next generation of talent
21st February 2014
- 116 engineering and management apprentices graduate into full-time jobs
- 785 benefit from nationally-recognised programme since launch
- First trainees from Government pilot scheme move onto apprenticeships
Virgin Media will employ 116 young people from its apprenticeship programme this week – with more apprentice and trainee opportunities to be made available this summer – to help meet the demand for superfast broadband and advanced digital entertainment services.
The company’s new chief executive officer, Tom Mockridge, personally congratulated the latest graduates at Virgin Media’s annual graduation ceremony in Coventry, urging them to aim high as they help deliver award-winning services to a growing number of customers across the country.
The paid courses, which vary between one and two years in length, give recruits a wide range of digital and business skills with a focus on delivering a fantastic customer experience. Successful graduates also receive nationally recognised qualifications.
Tom Mockridge, chief executive officer of Virgin Media, said: "We are investing in the future of our business as well as the communities we serve by offering young people a great start to their careers with us. They are becoming experts and champions of the fastest broadband and the most advanced TV so have a vital role in serving our customers throughout the country."
Chris Starling, head of apprenticeships for Virgin Media, said: "Our apprenticeship programme has gone from strength to strength with huge demand for opportunities in recent years. Virgin Media’s courses offer a superb insight into our business and are an excellent gateway to stimulating and prosperous careers."
Virgin Media has helped 785 current and graduate apprentices since launching its apprentice programme in 2008 and has been recognised as a top employer by the Government’s National Apprenticeship Service. Virgin Media was also one of the first companies to support the Government’s traineeship initiative, with the first trainees now moving onto full apprenticeship courses.
Amongst those graduating this year was Jekabs Dravnieks, an engineer based in Wellingborough who was named Intermediate Apprentice of the Year 2013 by the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals.
Details of Virgin Media’s search for a new intake of apprentices will be announced during National Apprenticeship Week in March.
Further details can be found at careers.virginmedia.com/apprenticeship
Notes to editors
Virgin Media Apprenticeships key facts:
116 apprentices graduating in 2014
7,500 applications for Virgin Media apprenticeships in 2013
785 apprentices have benefitted from the scheme since 2008
50 apprentices graduated in first year of the scheme in 2008
3 levels of apprenticeships: Intermediate, Advanced and Higher
4 types of course - Installation and Service, Network Engineer, Network Planning and Management
£12,500 starting salary for Intermediate apprentices
£17,000 starting salary for Advanced and Higher apprentices
About Virgin Media
Virgin Media offers four multi award-winning services across the UK and Ireland: broadband, TV, mobile phone and landline.
The company’s dedicated, ultrafast network delivers the fastest widely available broadband speeds to homes and businesses. And we’re expanding this through our £3bn Project Lightning programme, which will reach 17 million premises.
Our interactive TV service brings live programmes, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and the best apps and games in a set-top box, as well as on-the-go for tablets and smartphones.
We launched the world’s first virtual mobile network, offering fantastic value and services to customers. We are also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the UK and Ireland.
Through Virgin Media Business we support entrepreneurs, businesses and the public sector, delivering the fastest widely available broadband speeds and tailor-made services.
Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company. Together Virgin Media and Liberty Global serve 27 million customers across 14 countries.
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