Friday, 28 July 2017

5 Ways To Conquer Your IT Recruitment And Training Strategy With Apprenticeships

UK businesses could gain an additional £18bn revenue from apprenticeships, Government research reveals. With over 665,000 individuals already started apprenticeships since 2015, the UK Government has accelerated its apprenticeship reforms in England, with new legislation like the Apprenticeship Levy making apprenticeships an irresistible solution for organisations with inefficient recruitment and training budgets.

Current employers are enjoying the financial and practical benefits of IT apprenticeships, and are also taking advantage of the rewards offered by the Government by doing so. Apprenticeships are helping improve IT training and recruitment strategies for small and large employers – here’s how your business can take advantage of the benefits...

1. Slash your IT recruitment costs

Companies that find niche IT skills will likely spend a small fortune on recruitment. Firebrand’s free, fast recruitment service means all you need is to send a job description and we’ll source the best candidates for you to interview.

With more young people choosing to get into IT through vocational routes, you’ll have access to a growing pool of future professionals looking for an alternative route into IT. Through apprenticeship recruitment you’ll employ motivated and passionate professionals, not candidates with irrelevant experience and skills.

Currently hiring and need some help? Send us a job description here and we’ll see if apprenticeships might be right for you.

2. Fill your skills gaps through personalised programmes

83% of apprentice employers say they rely on apprenticeships to fulfil future skills needs, according to the Learning and Skills Council. Demand for IT expertise is mounting, and UK businesses are struggling to find qualified employees they need to satisfy current and future skills requirements.

IT apprenticeships and training


Because Firebrand runs over 400 training courses from vendors like Microsoft, CompTIA, EC-Council and Cisco throughout the year, the apprenticeship programmes are fully flexible. This means you can select specific training at any time that suits you, and create custom-built programmes that suit you and your apprentices.

Browse our customisable programmes here.

3. Cut high staff turnover


According to the Learning and Skills Council, 4 in 5 apprentice employers say they have crushed turnover rates since taking on apprentices, with a further 88% saying apprenticeships have led to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.

Plus, apprentices that successfully complete their accelerated programmes can become excellent ambassadors for your business, helping attract future waves of talented staff. In fact, 76% of apprentice employers polled by the National Apprenticeship Service say they promote their apprenticeship credentials when pitching for new business or talking about their company.

Read more about how we find top apprenticeship talent here.

4. Upskill current staff


Apprenticeships can be an effective route to specialising existing employees in fields like infrastructure support, cyber security, networking, data analysis and cloud technologies.

By placing existing employees on role-specific apprenticeships, your business gets new skills without significant financial investment. You’ll get full facilitation support from approved training providers - like Firebrand - to make the most out of the training.

Talk to us about upskilling current staff here

5. Only pay 10% of the training cost

Employers with wage bills of under £3 million now benefit greatly from financial support from the Government. 90 percent of the cost of apprenticeship training is paid for already, meaning you’ll pay just the remaining 10 percent of the full cost of award-winning accelerated training. Plus, if your organisation has less than 50 employees, you won't pay a penny.

UK-based employers with a pay bill of over £3 million must invest 0.5 percent of it in hiring apprentices through the Apprenticeship Levy. Monthly payments are transferred to a digital Apprenticeship Service account (and topped-up by 10 percent by the Government), where funds can be spent on training across a range of employer-led, role-specific programmes, including:


Find out how paying for apprenticeships works here.


Improve your training and recruitment strategy with apprenticeships.

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Monday, 10 July 2017

Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure Stack announced at Inspire 2017

Today at their Microsoft Partner Conference, Inspire, Microsoft unveiled Microsoft 365 – a new set of commercial offerings bringing together Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

Microsoft 365 is a complete, intelligent and secure solution to empower companies and all workers, recognising that people are at the heart of digital transformation,” writes Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft.

Two new offerings were introduced at the Inspire event. Designed for large organisations, Microsoft 365 Enterprise combines Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security into a single subscription.

The second offering, Microsoft 365 Business, is designed for small-to-medium enterprises (SME). It supports 300 users and integrates office 365 Business Premium with the tailored management and security features found in Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Microsoft 365 Business is available in public preview from 2 August 2017.



For a closer look at Microsoft 365, take a look at this blog from Microsoft.

Microsoft Azure stack now available to order

Microsoft kicked off Inspire with the launch of Microsoft Azure Stack, which allows businesses to host their own hybrid cloud. Azure Stack is an extension of Microsoft Azure that brings the flexibility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to an on premise environment.

As hardware partners, Dell, HP and Lenovo are now creating integrated systems to run Azure Stack and hosts apps on hardware alongside a business’ current infrastructure. The first Azure Stack systems are now available to order.

For businesses, professionals and contractors set to take advantage of Azure stack, this is the ideal time to sharpen Azure skills.

Build and prove your knowledge of Microsoft Azure Stack through the organisation’s well-supported training and certification programme for Azure technology.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Nominate for (ISC)2’s Information Security Leadership Awards

(ISC)2’s EMEA Information Security Leadership Awards (ISLA) is the perfect opportunity to recognise the excellence and hard work of information security professionals - and nominations are now open!

The (ISC)2 EMEA ISLA awards are unique in that they provide the cyber security community with an opportunity to acknowledge professionals that have distinguished themselves under specific projects, programmes and initiatives.


Your nominee could be a well-known figure, a standout leader or even an unsung peer of yours working tirelessly in the background.
  
Nominations are open until the 12th of July 2017, midnight BST and are open to all professionals in information, cyber, software or infrastructure security in the EMEA region.

You can submit your nominations here.

Award Categories:
You can nominate individuals (both (ISC)2 members and non-members) in the following four categories:



Senior Information Security Professional: This goes to someone that has significantly contributed to the enhancement of the information security workforce by demonstrating a leadership role in any security workforce improvement initiative, program or project. Ideally, this nomination should have at least five years of experience in an information security role.  

Information Security Practitioner: This award acknowledges an individual that has distinguished themselves by implementing and/or managing the implementation of a component of a security programme. Nominations typically should have at least three years of experience in an information security role.

Up-and-Coming Information Security Professional: This award recognises a person who is a new, rising star in the information security field. The project, improvement or initiative may not relate to leadership and instead may relate to their current position or education.

Woman Information Security Professional: This will be awarded to a female who has contributed to women’s representation in the profession and raised awareness to encourage vocations among women. The ideal nomination should have at least three years of relevant industry experience.

Who’s the judge?
Submissions will be judged by members of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Advisory Council (EAC) and will consist of the following industry leaders:
  • Yves Le Roux, CISSP, CISM: Co-chair of the (ISC)2 EMEA Advisory Council 
  • Dr. Yiannis Pavlosoglou, PhD, CISSP: Strategic Change Manager for Operational Resilience at UBS.
  • Tom Gamali, CISSP, CISA: Head of Group Technology Risk and Business Continunity Management for Kuwait Finance House
  • Rainer Rehm, CISSP, CISM: Security Architect at MAN and one of the founding members of The (ISC)2 Chapter Germany 
  • Sofiane Chafai, CISSP: Information Security expert with over 15 years' experience in managing ICT and security projects 
  • Paco Hope, CISSP, CSSLP: Recognised expert in the field of software security. He is the author of two security books, a frequent conference speaker and a regular online author 

Award Ceremony:
Awards will be hosted at the (ISC)2 Secure Summit in London in December. This will also act as the perfect opportunity to bring together our community and celebrate the achievements and commitment to excellence that we all continue to strive for.

Shortlisted nominees from different countries will be sponsored to attend the event. 

For more details on how to submit your nominations and what the judges are looking for, check out this guide