As part of London Technology Week, companies like Capgemini, British Airways, IBM and Virgin Media, have announced that they will take on up to 200 apprentices each.
Microsoft has pledged to involve its entire supply chain and committed to hiring more than 1,200 new apprentices itself and among companies with which it trades.
A study by Tech London Advocates earlier this year revealed that 43% of its members worry that a shortage of talent is threatening the capital’s technology sector. Among the companies interviewed, each had an average of seven vacancies at any one time.
The capital’s digital technology sector is expected to create an estimated 46,000 new jobs in the city over the next decade and Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has said he wants employers to ensure that this growth includes many thousands of apprenticeship opportunities for Londoners.
Kit Malthouse, deputy mayor, said that one in four new jobs in London was now connected to technology.
“It’s sucking in a lot of talent from across the world, which is a great thing,” he said. “But we’d prefer it to be filled by homegrown talent. This announcement shows that young people can in fact access a sector that is often wrongly perceived to require very highly developed skills early on in their careers.”