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AVEVA is one of the world’s leading Engineering, Design and Information Management software providers to the Process, Plant and Marine Industries. We are proud of our commitment to supporting women in technical roles. AVEVA hires in line with UK tech company benchmarks as well as ensuring that 50% of our annual graduate intake are women.

What we did.

With the introduction of the highly successful AVEVA Apprentice Programme in 2015, resulting in AVEVA being awarded Best Large Company Newcomer at the Eastern Regional Finals of the National Apprentice Awards, there is the opportunity to further demonstrate the support we offer.

We ensure that all apprentices are assigned an appropriate mentor and, having recently set up our Women In Engineering network, we are now better placed to offer apprentices career mentors as well as technical mentors. One of our first female apprentices has been with us for just under two years and has already had two promotions.

We work with a local University to support apprentices right up to degree level. It is so important that young apprentices coming into their first role can see the opportunities for growth and are challenged by working across a variety of projects. The Apprenticeship Programme is now a key part of our entry level talent strategy.

What we learned.

Our existing staff are excited by the buzz created with having a pool of young talent which they can support and mentor. The graduates have formed a good bond with the apprentices and recognise the value. It’s great to see them all involved in social and sports events as well as sharing projects and experiences.

Paula Parker, Group Learning and Development Manager and Chair of the Local Apprentice Ambassador Network said “We waited a long time for the new Digital Standard Apprenticeships to be available and are proud of our success in introducing our Apprenticeship Programme. The support we offer apprentices in the workplace is amazing and we have built a strong reputation within the Cambridge area of helping schools and colleges inspire young people to take up STEM careers”.

Georgia Ransome – HR Advisor and ex Business Admin apprentice said, “I love working at AVEVA, I have progressed my career so much faster than I ever dreamed possible. Getting involved with recruiting and supporting the technical apprentices and graduates and helping them through the early days of joining us is something that I particularly enjoy. The support AVEVA gave me helped to get me off to a good start and now I can give that back”.

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