The College

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Highbury College is in the city of Portsmouth in the South of England and trains almost 10,000 students. It has over 800 learners undertaking apprenticeships and maintains strong employer partnerships.

For more than 50 years they have been at the heart of the local community and offer a variety of academic and vocational courses.

The Employer

Drift IT Services was founded in 2005 and is committed to providing IT support to schools.

With an extensive client base of schools in the South East and over 15 years’ experience in the sector, they provide a proactive, friendly approach to IT support that has been developed specifically with the needs of educators in mind.

The Partnership

Highbury College recruits and trains a consistent pipeline of IT Technician apprentices to support Drift IT’s growth aspirations. Since 2011, Highbury College provides apprenticeship recruitment and training services designed to complement Drift IT’s ethos and values.

The Benefits

Highbury College supports with the training and development of Drift IT’s workforce and advising their senior team on their strategic workforce development plans. Furthermore, Drift IT have joined Highbury College’s Expert Advisory Board helping them to shape their curriculum to meet the needs of industry, becoming an invaluable partner. They assist the college in curriculum development and training offer, which has ensured that students and apprentices are fully prepared with the skills and knowledge they need to be an asset to their industry.

This partnership has also benefited learners because Drift IT Services have recruited apprentices from a variety of backgrounds and value the diverse skills gained from seemingly unrelated experience. Accredited by City & Guilds and endorsed by the Tech Partnership (the UK’s sector skills council for IT), apprentices gain two full Level 3 Apprenticeship Diplomas as well as vendor certifications. Thanks to these qualifications, apprentices are suited to follow their career paths.

What they say

Hear first hand from colleges and employers about their experiences.

We’ve loved working with Highbury College as the training structure is perfect for both our business and the Apprentice. It’s great that for each module of training our apprentice is taken out of the office and can study either at Highbury College or at home to get their assignments completed via virtual classroom. This means the apprentice has the time and space to concentrate on their studies and achieve that all-important qualification.

We now employ people of all ages and feel the apprentice route is an incredibly important and an undervalued pathway to a hugely successful career in IT.

The feedback we’ve received about this particular cohort on Highbury’s training has been especially encouraging, our clients are delighted with the service that the apprentices are delivering.

Peter Shone, Director at Drift IT

Our relationship with Drift IT has developed and flourished since its inception in 2011. The truly symbiotic relationship has ensured Highbury’s curriculum is at the cutting edge of the industry’s needs and Drift IT have benefitted from high quality training and workforce development that has helped them meet their business goals and growth aspirations year on year.

Craig Mincher, Commercial Director at Highbury College

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