A COMPANY in Hemingford Grey is aiming to revolutionise the career path for software developers in the UK by launching a long-term apprenticeship scheme. Mel Pullen, an ex-Acorn Computers team member, has recruited seven apprentices who will learn their craft from master programmers at his firm, ScrumIT. Rather than relying on university-trained staff, Mr Pullen is experimenting with bringing through staff of his own, from apprenticeship through to full contract at the firm, which specialises in control systems and mobile communications. He hopes to change the way in which software development skills are passed on in the UK. The intention is that the apprentices, aged between 16 and 24, will stay with the company after they have completed their apprenticeships to create a skilled and loyal workforce. The scheme is being run in conjunction with Cambridge Regional College, and Mr Pullen hopes that the scheme will spread to other UK hi-tech companies.