Working in collaboration with CompTIA, the IT industry trade association, Canon has designed a comprehensive programme of training, on-the-job experience and a professional certification. Once qualified, apprentices will have the technological and business skills to take up roles such as integration specialist, service delivery analyst and helpdesk technician in one of Canon’s accredited print and imaging solutions partners.
The new partner apprenticeship programme is designed to support channel partners address the industry skills gap whilst providing young, talented people with attractive career opportunities. In the programme’s first year, Canon aims to on-board 30 apprentices with 70 to follow in year two.
The announcement comes as part of the ongoing evolution of Canon’s partner programme, designed to support accredited partners develop their print and information management service offerings.
Adam Poole, responsible for Canon’s B2B go-to-market strategy said: “The digitisation of information brings with it exciting opportunities for both Canon and our partners to develop new customer solutions and services. To do this effectively, the industry needs to invest in new skills and talent. We are proud to be able to support the next generation of IT print and imaging professionals build careers in this hugely rewarding industry, whilst simultaneously supporting our partners to develop the talent they need to achieve their business development goals.”