SAS and Firebrand launch SAS apprenticeship schemes

The new SAS apprenticeship schemes have been established with an aim to accelerate data analytic skills across the UK.

This will increase the availability of skills growth for businesses dealing in the field. These companies will now be able to invest in the education of such areas as data access, analysis, manipulation and reporting.

Fast track courses available will include SAS Certified Base Programmer and SAS Certified Data Integration Developer.

The new schemes will be funded by the UK government under their Apprenticeship Levy, which was established in April 2017 with a focus on STEM subjects.

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Firebrand Training, founded in 2001, has been offering apprenticeships since 2012, and apprenticeship Standards since 2015. They currently have a presence in seven locations around the UK, as well as one in Ireland and many others around mainland Europe, Asia, South Africa and Oceania.

The IT training institution has been named the 2018 AELP Digital Apprenticeship Provider of the Year, and is in the world’s top 20 IT training companies.

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Managing Director of of Apprenticeships at Firebrand Training, Stefano Capaldo, said: “We’re delighted to bring data analysis skills to so many more organisations through our partnership with SAS, and are confident it will help our existing partners understand how they can expand their use of apprenticeships to benefit the whole organisation.”

“As one of the very few providers with existing programmes across the entire suite of advanced digital apprenticeship standards, we’re a one-stop shop for all IT apprentices.”

SAS’s Head of Education in the UK and Ireland, Myles Hanson, referred to the apprenticeship as “a proven approach to acquiring SAS knowledge and skills through a fast and interactive learning programme.”

“Many employers are failing to use the Apprenticeship Levy to develop analytical skills within their organisations – we can help!”

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For CTO’s, apprenticeship schemes like these spell a great opportunity to take advantage of an enhanced talent pool that can be utilised when putting technological goals into practice.

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Aaron Hurst

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