Rural IT apprentice scheme launched by industry leader

By Anita Jaynes on 21 May, 2014

Bath based software and IT services company IPL have today launched a unique rural apprentice scheme.

The ‘Bright’ programme is a 3 year opportunity for school leavers from rural backgrounds, who have a keen interest in IT and want to kick-start a career in this thriving industry, while working towards their NVQ.

The Bright apprentices join IPL’s internal IT department , where they’ll be the first line of support for IPL’s 300+ staff when they have computer problems. This work will build the apprentices’ expertise in this fast-changing field, leading them towards a place in IPL’s pool of developers, who work on cutting-edge projects across a diverse range of sectors, from banking and finance to the public sector.

Lyn Penfold, IPL’s Business Services Director, who oversees HR and corporate social responsibility at the company, said: “This scheme is a fantastic way for bright young people to apply their knowledge and enthusiasm for IT in a dynamic and growing company. We provide a great learning environment and support our apprentices as they work towards their recognised qualifications.”

John Gay, one of the apprentices already on the scheme, added: “The experience I’m getting from working at IPL alongside my NVQ is immensely valuable and I find I’m learning new things every day. The scheme mentors are incredibly supportive and being able to get involved in the running of a busy IT department from day one has been brilliant. I’d recommend the scheme to anyone interested in a career in IT.”

Those interested in the scheme can find out more on IPL’s careers page, at