BGL Group, owner of popular price-comparison website comparethemarket.com, is launching BGL Academy, in order to teach employees about technology, data, marketing, finance and HR. Courses range from entry-level to postgraduate level and include 200 apprenticeships in all areas of the company.
The apprenticeships will see candidates placed in roles across the BGL network, being trained in many different roles, including marketing, tech and finance. The Academy also expands upon BGL's successful graduate program, which has seen over 50 graduates trained in the five years since its launch.
BGL's Business Pathway scheme, which sees A-Level school leavers trained in apprenticeships, also becomes part of the program, meaning the various talent schemes at BGL are now all under a single umbrella.
The Academy will focus on core digital, data and marketing education for BGL's employees. (Image: BGL Group)
The important thing for the tech industry here is the inclusion of "tech, digital and data" courses in the Academy. To stay ahead of the curve, it is likely the company will have to invest heavily in advanced technology like machine learning for deal comparisons on comparethemarket.com and app development for mobile platforms, where users and customers increasingly spend a lot of their time nowadays.
Matthew Donaldson, chief executive officer at the BGL Group, commented: "The launch of the BGL Academy is a great example of our commitment to people development and our aim of making BGL a great place to work. The Academy will play to the strength of our data, digital, brand and marketing capabilities and will allow us to share our expertise in these areas with talented people to develop the industry professionals of the future."