Tech training and placement provider TechTalent has partnered with IT services provider Version 1 to provide guaranteed tech jobs in the West Midlands.

Working through a joint Digital Skills Academy scheme, which is backed by the West Midlands Combined Authority’s adult education budget, Version 1 and TechTalent will upskill and train individuals from across the West Midlands region.

Over £200,000 has been made available to support the scheme, which will deliver 60 guaranteed jobs with Version 1 for students who successfully complete a course with the Academy. 

During the 12-week training programme, TechTalent will work as Version 1’s official training partner to provide students with access to a purposeful and long-lasting career in tech through its attract, train and deploy model.

The model connects organisations with tech specialists through a scalable hiring solution for organisations looking to access appropriately experienced tech talent.

“Following the hugely successful Birmingham Tech Week, we’re looking forward to reaffirming our commitment to the West Midlands tech scene with the support of Version 1 and the WMCA as part of this valuable initiative,” said Janice Rae, CEO and founder of TechTalent.

“We’ll be working closely with Version 1 to deliver accessible and exciting tech courses to people from a whole range of backgrounds across the West Midlands as part of our attract, train, deploy model.

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“Best of all, those who successfully complete training with the Digital Skills Academy will guarantee themselves a role with Version 1. It really is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in a career in tech to get a foothold in the industry and benefit from industry-leading training at the same time.”

The Digital Skills Academy has been created to support people from a range of backgrounds – including college leavers, those looking for a change in career, those looking to return to the workforce after an extended period and those with existing technical skills – to find a fulfilling job in tech.

The WMCA is a combined group of authorities made up of 17 local councils and three local enterprise partnerships. It is supporting the Digital Skills Academy through its adult education budget.

Louise Phipps, senior delivery manager at the WMCA, said: “WMCA is pleased to be working with TechTalent to support 60 residents into new roles in the West Midlands. 

“Version 1 is a great example of how the region’s employers can work with training providers to develop a new, innovative talent pipeline that is fit for purpose.”

Through the Digital Skills Academy, students will gain key industry certifications across the Version 1 Partner Network which includes Oracle Platinum Partners, Microsoft Gold Partners, and AWS Advanced Consulting Partners.

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