Cordant will cover the learning fees for 30, level 3 Infrastructure Technician Apprentices, equating to £225,000 per year in levy spend.

The sponsorship programme will see Cordant partner with Primary Goal, an organisation with a rich history in bringing people from a diverse range of circumstances and backgrounds, into the world of education at work.

Cordant and Primary Goal believe that every person deserves the opportunity to succeed. Factors such as finance, where you were born or how many connections you have should never be a barrier to career development.

Each apprentice will be given the opportunity to gain multiple skills including; communication; IT security; data analysis; problem-solving and IT legislation, whilst being supported through workplace learning in schools across the UK.

In a time when educators are having to adapt to new ways of teaching, technology has become essential in the development and schooling of young people.

Further collaboration with organisations such as Concero UK will allow apprentices to apply their knowledge in the real world with the support of higher-level technicians who can offer technological solutions that facilitate the best teaching and learning environments possible.

Lindsay Brown, Head of Work-Based Learning at Cordant explains: “The role of educational technology in teaching is more important now than ever before. However, it’s widely reported that schools and teachers weren’t equipped for such a quick application of digital tools.

“As a recruitment business Cordant identified an opportunity to assist the education sector with IT resource to support digital transformation. By partnering with Primary Goal, we are not only bridging the IT support gap, but also helping a diverse range of individuals to find purpose and meaningful employment.”

Louise Campton, Founder of Primary Goal adds: “At Primary Goal we are committed to investing in passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic people who deserve an opportunity to thrive. No matter their background, we want to light the way for people with hopes, dreams and aspirations. We want to break down the barriers to employment and give faith to those who falsely believe they can’t succeed.

“Apprenticeships are a great pathway for people from a range of backgrounds to enter the workplace – they give learners the confidence to succeed whilst allowing them to embrace independence and self-sufficiency.”

The ongoing partnership between Cordant and Primary Goal will see further funding support as well as plans to expand work placements and collaborative opportunities.