Doing our bit to widen access to IT jobs

We’ve been taking part in events around Scotland to widen access to careers in IT. Our HR Manager, Aisling MacDonnell, explains what we’ve been doing.

Photo: Girls in ICT © ITU/R.Farrell, used under Creative Commons

Widening access to careers in our sector is extremely important to CompanyNet. We’re proud to live by our slogan, ‘collective intelligence for better business’ – something that only works when it brings together the broadest range of talented people.

To that end, we’ve not only been attending more events about improving equality in the technology sector, but have been actively participating in them.

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Modern apprenticeships: “You’re hired!”

A year after taking on our first apprentice, HR Manager Aisling MacDonnell looks at why it was a fantastic decision.

Modern apprenticeships in the IT sector

One year ago, we took a leap into the unknown – for CompanyNet – and hired our first modern apprentice, Andy Scott. It’s fair to say that we haven’t looked back. Now, in Scottish Apprenticeship Week, we’re very excited to announce that we have been named mid-sized Apprentice Employer of the Year, with Andy coming runner-up for Apprentice of the Year.

Modern apprentices

Back in 2013, Microsoft made a commitment to have a minimum of 2,016 new young apprentices in Scotland by 2016. By launching this initiative, Microsoft took a very clear stance in encouraging employers and young people to embrace modern apprenticeships in the workplace.
We interviewed several great candidates, but Andy’s drive and passion for technology was clear to see from the moment he stepped into the room. His outgoing personality, coupled with his innovative and forward-thinking approach to sector, immediately won us over.

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