Belfast Metropolitan College students Niamh Small (second from left) and Hannah Jones have secured two coveted IT Infrastructure apprentice positions after impressing senior managers at Allen & Overy’s firm’s Support Services Centre in Belfast. They are pictured with the organisations Service Desk Manager, Andrew Glenn (left); and Second Team Lead David Rainey. PIC BY Press Eye/Darren Kidd

ALLEN & Overy today confirmed the recruitment of two IT apprentices on a two-year scheme that has helped accelerate people towards employment within its Belfast office.

Hannah Jones and Niamh Small completed an intensive five-week boot camp coordinated by Belfast Met College before joining the firm’s Belfast IT team.

Now in its fifth year, the apprenticeship programme blends paid on-the-job experience with part-time study for a range of industry qualifications and certificates.

All apprentices who have completed the programme have gone on to secure fulltime roles within A&O.

Andrew Glenn, IT Service Desk Manager, Allen & Overy said:

“We have a proud record of developing young talent from all backgrounds and our diversity remains a core strength of our business.

“The apprenticeship programme has been a real success for us and for the people who’ve gained unique and paid experience while completing their qualifications.

“It’s pleasing that previous apprentices have secured roles with us.

“The apprentices are full of enthusiasm, ready to learn and bring a positive energy to our team.

“Our partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College has helped us to attract smart engaged people and open new career paths for them.

“We wish Hannah and  Niamh every success as they start their two-year apprenticeship with us.”

Hannah Jones, IT Apprentice said:

“It’s exciting to think we’ll not only be learning how IT services are delivered on a global scale but playing an active part.

“The apprenticeship scheme is a great fit for me as it lets me continue to study, but also apply what I’m learning alongside the professionals.

“It has been great getting to know the team, especially those who completed the programme in previous years.

“Already I’m developing a clear view of the career path I would like to follow.”

In November, A&O announced a major recruitment drive to fill more than 30 roles as part of a global IT upgrade initiative.

The upgrade is one of the largest technology transformation projects in the legal industry and is delivering leading edge infrastructure, document management, collaboration and search technologies.

Established in 2011, the Belfast office is the second largest in the A&O network by headcount, employing more than 500 people in legal and non-legal roles.

The IT team provides support to more than 5,400 people across the firm’s 44 offices.

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