Capgemini is continuing the Higher Apprentice Programme it launched last year, offering 40 positions this autumn.
The scheme was unveiled in September 2011 with an initial intake of 34. There will be a further 40 positions available in September and November this year, and Capgemini hopes to achieve similar intakes next year.
The five-year study and work programme includes project management and ITIL-based working, as well as technical skills in software engineering. On finishing apprenticeships successfully participants will be considered for full-time positions within the company.
Participants will have the opportunity of being sponsored to complete a part-time BSc in Computing and IT and several other professional qualifications. They will also get work experience on client projects, and will be able to develop skills in environments such as C#, .NET, Drupal/PHP and Java.
Participants will be given a salary "building up to one that equals graduate employees at the end of the five years", said Capgemini.
There are apprenticeship vacancies in Aston, Sale, Woking, Telford, London and Worthing, with apprentices having to be willing to travel to different offices and client sites after the first three months.
As a global business "Capgemini can offer unparalleled career opportunities once you have completed this programme", said the firm.
The Salesforce.com Foundation recently teamed up with the Skills for Growth Landmark vocational training charity to launch a new apprenticeship scheme in the UK, which aims to give young people the skills and training to be successful in the “social enterprise” industry. Twenty candidates were selected to join the BizAcademy Apprenticeship scheme.
Details of the Capgemini scheme can be found here