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Academy to ensure
Richard Acreman © WM Reply

Academy to ensure ‘tech doesn’t stop at London’


WM Reply is to ensure ‘tech doesn’t stop at London’ by launching its Chester Academy, UK, to recruit and train graduates to a high standard and properly prepare them to work within the sector.

WM Reply aims to ensure firms do not maintain the idea that technology and tech jobs are only based in the south. Its Chester academy will offer a chance for graduates to work for them in the sector without having to relocate.

According to The Tech National Report 2017, the UK is home to eight of Europe’s top 20 universities. However, although the report shows the picture is changing, the technology industry is still disproportionately based within the south.

WM Reply’s mission is to build the world’s finest Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 solutions to help organisations overcome business challenges. Academy graduates have taken on a number of roles at the firm from consultants and project managers to SharePoint developers and support staff.

Richard Acreman, Partner at WM Reply, said: “The idea behind the academy was not only to recruit and nurture tech talent, but to give graduates training in some of the more basic but fundamentally important things they are unlikely to have learnt about in the academic world.

“Graduates who earn a place at Chester Academy get a comprehensive induction and training programme so they understand what we do and how we work. Naturally, we also teach them about the product and share our passion for Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365.

“But more than that, we show them vital things that people new into the workforce often have no idea about, like how to record and fill in an expenses form, important aspects of human resources, and other procedures they need to know but are generally not taught at university.”

The academy has already filled its first intake, but will be accepting new applications for 2018.

Pan European Networks Ltd