The Duke of York, KG today visited Infosys and met five newly appointed apprentices at the company’s European headquarters in Canary Wharf, London.
His Royal Highness is visiting Infosys’s London office after meeting CEO and Managing Director of Infosys S. D. Shibulal in February at the World Economic Conference in Davos, and in May during The Duke of York’s visit to Bangalore as part of the Diamond Jubilee visit.
In Bangalore, His Royal Highness congratulated Infosys on its “Deed of Commitment” to support apprenticeships in the UK. This commitment has led Infosys to offer apprenticeships placements to 100 young people in the next five years. The first group has started workplace based Level 3 Business and Administration and Level 3 Systems and Networking qualifications within the National Apprenticeship Scheme (NAS). They will spend 12 to 18 months training within the Finance, Marketing, IT, HR and Sales departments of the global leader in consulting and technology.
BG Srinivas, Head of Europe at Infosys, said: “We are privileged that The Duke of York took the time to hear first-hand how important an apprenticeship will be in helping these young people kick-start their career in business. Each apprentice has a specific development plan and will work alongside experienced staff to get job-specific skills.”
His Royal Highness met apprentices and business leaders from Infosys as part of his ongoing commitment to promote initiatives from forward-thinking businesses that give young people the opportunity to develop their skills through apprenticeships and on-the-job training.
The NAS Opens in a new window in UK supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of apprenticeships throughout England. They are responsible for increasing the number of apprenticeship opportunities and providing a dedicated, responsive service for both employers and learners.
Elsewhere in the UK, Infosys is part of the national, cross-employer group Computer Club for Girls Opens in a new window, led by e-skills UK. This group focuses on attracting more girls into careers in IT through school visits, talks and other initiatives. Infosys also works with East London Business Alliance Opens in a new window, an organization that helps companies connect with local schools to provide support and develop various programs.
As a part of InStep, the company’s Global Internship Program, Infosys has hosted 88 interns from UK since 2004, of which 18 students have interned with Infosys in the last year. InStep was recently recognized with the National Council for Work Experience Award 2012 Opens in a new window for short term work placements in.
Infosys (infosys.com) partners with global enterprises to drive their innovation-led growth. That's why Forbes ranked Infosys 19 among the top 100 most innovative companies. As a leading provider of next-generation consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions, Infosys helps clients in more than 30 countries realize their goals.
About The Duke of York
The Duke of York believes that apprentices and skills training are very important to helping young people become economically productive in today’s workplace.
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