IBM Academy training initiative continues as graduates and resellers acknowledge benefits
Specialist value-added distributor, Bell Micro today announced that its Academy training initiative - currently supported by IBM - will continue into the foreseeable future, thanks to strong support from the Company’s reseller and partner community as well as the high pass rate of its graduates.
Working in partnership with a select number of universities across the UK, Bell Micro and IBM proactively recruit for the Academy by invitation only. Graduates are initially invited to join following the successful completion of a series of interviews. Bell Micro then attends specific open days during which it can evaluate interested candidates – ensuring that the recruits show a genuine interest in completing the instructor-led courses, as well as showing the commitment needed for the distance learning elements.
As applications are approved, the University graduates are then invited to Bell Micro’s Chessington facility, where they can meet with resellers and partners to discuss longer term recruitment plans. At this point of the selection process, resellers will typically commit to ‘sponsoring’ a graduate through the programme; supporting them with a salary in return for a commitment to complete the training within an agreed timeframe.
For Portal Partnership, the Academy programme has already been very beneficial. “For individual companies, putting recruits on even the most basic training courses can be very expensive and extremely resource draining,” commented Jim Chadbourne, Delivery Group Manager for Storage at Portal Partnership. “When we first heard about the Academy, our thoughts were that it was probably too good to be true!
This year, as well as supporting graduates through the programme we have been given the opportunity to secure a placement for an existing member of staff. Initiatives like this help us to ensure that our business continues to remain competitive with the solutions that we provide to customers, as well as helping us to keep staff motivated with support to focus them on personal development goals.”
By working with Bell Micro in this way, businesses can also benefit from promoting ‘organic growth’ rather than facing the costly business issues that run in parallel with the IT skills shortage – such as high starting salaries and recruitment fees.
“The Academy has been running for 2 years now and interest in the programme continues to build,” said Antony Young, Director of Services and Security at Bell Micro. “This year we have received applications from 200 individuals, with 20 being short-listed for interviews with a view to securing one of the limited places available. We are motivated by the success that we’re seeing and are delighted at how the programme is being embraced industry wide. Reseller partners are even enrolling their own staff members as part of ongoing career development programmes.”
About Bell Micro
Bell Micro is a specialist IT distributor that occupies a central position in the IT supply chain between those companies who create IT products and services and those who supply end-users. We provide a complete service that is designed to enhance the capabilities and performance of our partners in this channel. The services and technologies we supply are wide-ranging, so too are the ways we assist our partners. For some, it is a case of ensuring the right IT products are available at the right time and cost, for others the service is more extensive with Bell Micro working in partnership to address opportunities at every stage of the technology lifecycle – from design to deployment. Bell Micro operates through three channels to market – industrial, commercial and enterprise – each of which offers a wide range of services and products from major IT vendors.
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