Service firm laments lack of UK PC technicians

A UK PC services firm is recruiting school leavers to make up for the lack of skilled engineers available.

London-based Response Computer Maintenance, a wholly owned subsidiary of PC maker Elonex, will begin the scheme this summer, taking on the recruits for a three-year apprenticeship.

The apprentices will take workshop training and study at college on day-release schemes. Response also hopes to help formulate a new NVQ qualification.

"We have tended in the past to rely on recruitment from the pool of skilled people in the marketplace. Sadly it looks like that pool is beginning to dry up," said John Baker, managing director.

Response had revenues of £7.14 million last year.