K3 launches academy to help plug skills gap

Posted on 10 Dec 2014 by Jonny Williamson

Following the success of its retail-based K3 Academy, K3 Syspro has launched a sister academy aimed at filling the UK’s technology skills gap and attracting young people to a career in software within the manufacturing and distribution sector.

A provider of ERP applications to businesses throughout the UK and Europe, K3 Syspro has announced the independently set up and funded year-long programme will teach young people data management and support; IT project management; customer service; marketing and more, with extensive SYSPRO and Microsoft product training as well.

Based in Salford and open to graduates from all disciplines, as well as people who have left education or are looking for a change of career path, K3 stated that its Syspro Academy will result in “full time positions with the company for successful graduates” – unlike some of the UK’s other academy schemes.

The company noted that each academy student will be given a mentor to assess and monitor performance while they are on the course, as well as offering a buddy system to give added informal support, experience and insights.

Upon completion of the course, trainees will be awarded full SYSPRO certification, further advanced training and the opportunity to start a career with the established 35-year-old business.

Cathie Hall, managing director, K3 Syspro
Cathie Hall, managing director, K3 Syspro

Managing director of K3 Syspro, Cathie Hall explained: “Something that every industry is facing is a lack of skills and many young people often bemoan the lack of options available to them when it comes to gaining real life work experience.

“The K3 Academy solves both issues. It allows us to give young people an exciting introduction to business systems consultancy and the SYSPRO ERP product itself, while ensuring that we always have the highest quality of skills and experience in our business for the long term.

“By pairing students up with our experienced team, we can create a shared knowledge base and future proof our business for many years to come, while creating real job opportunities for young people in the UK and contributing to the overall economy.”

K3 Syspro has confirmed that it is looking to recruit two students to its Academy in January 2015, a further two in July 2015 and two more in September 2015 for the academy pilot.