Why IT Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a great initiative introduced by Government. They are designed to give you hands-on industry experience whilst you continue your studies towards the achievement of recognised qualifications.

Becoming an Apprentice is free and you will be paid a salary like any other employee.

Many IT Apprenticeships also offer you the opportunity to work towards industry certifications. CompTIA certifications are developed by industry for industry, regularly updated and are internationally recognised. They teach you about a broad range of technologies, independent of any particular technology provider. This is important given we are in an environment in which new players and technologies are emerging all the time.

Have a look at the earning potential of those who take CompTIA certifications alongside their Apprenticeship.

World Class organisations are already taking on CompTIA Apprentices including…

Xerox1

RICOH1

HP1

Fujitsu1

Success stories

  • The A+ course gave me context and valuable knowledge so that I better understood the reasons and causes behind problems and situations I was facing at work. Before I started studying for my A+ I could sometimes lack confidence but from the knowledge i have gained from the A+ i know i can do the job!

    Aisha Kareem

    Apprentice studying A+

  • The A+ is a good start point for any career in the IT industry! It covers a lot of information that I can use across the many platforms I work on. The A+ is perfect to put on a CV and help me achieve a successful career.

    Mikolaj Grudzien

    Apprentice studying A+

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Next Steps

Select your Apprenticeship

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Valuable on the job training

Apprenticeships are available to candidates over the age of 16 who are not in full time education. They are designed for those who are passionate about kick starting their career and gaining valuable on the job training whilst continuing their studies.

The combination of workplace experience and classroom learning offers a great foundation for a successful career.

Many IT Apprenticeships also offer you the opportunity to work towards industry certifications. CompTIA certifications are developed by industry for industry, regularly updated, and are internationally recognised. They teach you about a broad range of technologies, independent of any particular technology provider. Choosing an Apprenticeship with an industry certification included will make you more employable as you continue to build your career.

Now what?

Which IT Apprenticeship is for me?
You should select your Apprenticeship depending on the career path you would like to follow. Each training provider will offer different Apprenticeships and it is important that you choose the best one for you.

Next steps

IT Support Level 2

Infrastructure Technician Level 3

Technical Sales Level 3

How do I get started?
Getting started on your Apprenticeship is easy and there are lots of organisations to help and support you with your choices.


Next steps

Step 1: Choose your Training Organisation

Get in contact with one of the many organisations who offer the Apprenticeship you want to take. This may be a specialist Training Provider or a local college.

Apprenticeship specialists representing these organisations will be able to advise you about the programmes on offer and will also help you with interview skills, CV and job applications.

Depending on which job you choose, the application could be an application form, CV and/or a covering letter.

You will have to attend an interview, and possibly an assessment centre. The interviewer should give you a timeframe in which you will hear if you were successful.

Step 2: On the Job

Once you have secured your job you will become a full time employee of that organisation. You will be visited by an assessor from your training provider who will work with you and your employer to develop a learning programme so that you will get the most from your Apprenticeship. The programme will give you time to study towards your modules and continue to gain real working experience.

Most training providers offer IT Apprenticeships at Levels 3 and 4, which typically last between 12  and 24 months.

Step 3: Completed

On the completion of your Apprenticeship, you are ready to pursue your career in IT. If you have impressed your employer they may decide to employ you permanently, but if they do not have a position for you, then don’t worry! You will be the holder of a well-deserved and recognised Apprenticeship combined with industry recognised certifications. You will have the knowledge and experience to go out and confidently apply for jobs.

If your Apprenticeship provider gave you training towards industry certifications it is critical that you take the exam. Just doing the training alone is not enough and you will not be able to add the qualification to your CV. Don’t miss the opportunity to make yourself stand out from other applicants!

What job could I do?
Depending on the Apprenticeship you choose you will be matched with a job that will give you the most experience to help you complete the modules.


Next steps

IT Support

IT Support professionals are typically employed in a service desk environment. They are at the front line in resolving user issues, technical faults and security threats. They will coordinate with technology specialists from across the spectrum including DevOps Engineers, Cloud Architects and Ethical Hackers to ensure a full resolution of the problem. They are the face of the IT Team and are often called upon to help and protect all levels of the organisation from the receptionist to the Managing Director.

Infrastructure Technician

An Infrastructure Technician provides support to internal and external customers, helping them to be productive when using technology to do their own jobs. The Infrastructure Technician sets people up on systems and provides support when they need it, rectifying issues to maintain the organisation’s productivity.

Technical Sales

Technical Sales professionals consult with customers and make recommendations on a range of solutions and/or services. They have expertise in translating business objectives into technology solutions. The skills that Technical Sales Professional exhibit include pre-sales consultations, sales support, account management and an in-depth understanding of technology. They are also often called upon to deliver presentations and demonstrate their organisation’s solutions.

Which IT Apprenticeship is for me?
You should select your Apprenticeship depending on the career path you would like to follow. Each training provider will offer different Apprenticeships and it is important that you choose the best one for you.
Getting started on your Apprenticeship is easy and there are lots of organisations to help and support you with your choices.


Depending on the Apprenticeship you choose you will be matched with a job that will give you the most experience to help you complete the modules.


Never stop learning

Some organisations will be offering Higher Apprenticeship programmes. These are similar to Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeship programmes. However, they are usually longer in duration (typically last 2 years) and expect you to already have significant experience or knowledge that will allow you to hit the ground running. You can also progress to a Higher Apprenticeship after you have completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship.

What Next?

What is the difference between an Apprenticeship and Higher Apprenticeship?
The difference between a standard Apprenticeship and Higher Apprenticeships is much to do with the expectation of employers and complexity of tasks. During a Higher Apprenticeship you will be expected to work more independently and manage your own time. In addition to this the level of responsibility also increases and you may be asked to manage people or a business process.

Next steps

2 year duration

Higher Apprenticeships typically last for 2 years. During this time you will be working as any other employee but will have additional responsibility to complete your Apprenticeship qualifications and certifications. This could involve off-the-job workshop sessions, self-paced e-learning, assignments and exams. Your employer will allocate some time for you to work towards your qualifications. However, there would also be an expectation that you would also use your own time to complete your qualifications. At regular intervals, you will be visited by an Assessor from your training provider who will undertake observation of your workplace competency and guide you as you build your apprenticeship portfolio.

Independent working expectation

Higher Apprenticeships are positioned as being the “first year of university”. As such there is more of an onus on you to be proactive with getting tasks done. Your employer will give you broad goals and targets which you would need to break down into manageable and executable tasks. You may have a mentor alongside a line manager, however, you would be expected to be highly independent in getting things done, on time!

Managing People or Process

As part of a Higher Apprenticeship, it is expected that you will gain management experience. This could mean managing people – where you could be managing junior staff or even other apprentices! Alternatively, it could mean that you would be put in charge of a process within the organisation where you will be positioned as the “guru” of a particular technology or a process (e.g. on-boarding new users).

Which IT Higher Apprenticeship is for me?
Higher Apprenticeships are focused at the more advanced elements of IT. They are great for those who have an interest in a particular field of IT such a Cyber Security or Networking.



Cyber Security Professional Level 4

Network Engineer Level 4

Unified Communications Level 4

What job could I do?
When applying for a Higher Apprenticeship you will apply for higher level jobs which are focused are a specific IT field. These jobs will help you to gain the relevant experience required to complete the knowledge modules of your Higher Apprenticeship




Next steps

Security Analyst

The primary role of a Security Analyst is to apply an understanding of cyber threats, hazards, risks, controls, measures and mitigations to protect organisations systems and people. They work in a variety of areas including security design & architecture, operations, risk, governance & compliance, security testing, investigations & response. They work to achieve required security outcomes in a legal and regulatory context in all parts of the economy. Develop and apply practical knowledge of information security to deliver solutions that fulfil an organisations requirements.

Network Engineer

The primary role of an IT Network Engineer is to design, install, maintain and support an organisations technical IT needs. This could be anything from network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, to give technical giving advice and guidance to clients.

Unified Communications Troubleshooter

The primary responsibility of a Unified Communications Troubleshooter is to provide customers with a specialist technical service to set them up on unified communications systems and to resolve problems when they arise. This service can be delivered face-to-face, on the telephone or online. They are required to install equipment and software and handle incidents and requests for help, including providing fault diagnostic across a broad range of unified communications technologies in accordance with business service level agreements.

What is the difference between an Apprenticeship and Higher Apprenticeship?
The difference between a standard Apprenticeship and Higher Apprenticeships is much to do with the expectation of employers and complexity of tasks. During a Higher Apprenticeship you will be expected to work more independently and manage your own time. In addition to this the level of responsibility also increases and you may be asked to manage people or a business process.
Higher Apprenticeships are focused at the more advanced elements of IT. They are great for those who have an interest in a particular field of IT such a Cyber Security or Networking.



When applying for a Higher Apprenticeship you will apply for higher level jobs which are focused are a specific IT field. These jobs will help you to gain the relevant experience required to complete the knowledge modules of your Higher Apprenticeship




Resources

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