What is an IT Apprenticeship?
An IT apprenticeship is a way for someone to gain the skills and experience they need to enter the IT industry. Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training with an academic element, which will include achieving industry recognised certificates. IT Apprenticeship programmes are designed by major companies in the IT industry, and allow employers to develop new employees in particular job roles.
What are the benefits of an IT Apprenticeship?
- As you are a company employee you receive a salary whilst on your apprenticeship
- You're taught a wide range of valuable and transferable skills
- You receive an industry recognised qualification
- Theres a wide range of Apprenticeships to chose from
- There are many paths into different level Apprenticeships
- You don't have to worry about debt such as a student loan
Who can do an IT Apprenticeship?
IT Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16years old; so whether you are just leaving school, have just finished your A-levels or have been working for years and are seeking to start a new career you are elligible to do an apprenticeship. The only requirement is you need to be living in England and you are not currently enrolled in any form of full-time education.
What training do i receive?
Apprenticeships are designed with the help of the employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. There are targets and checks to make sure that your employer is supporting you and you are making progress.
As an employee you will be in employment for most of your time as most training takes place on the job. The rest usually takes place at a local college or a specialist training organisation. You can complete this off-the-job training on day release or over a number of days in a block. The amount of time you spend varies according to your Apprenticeship. It could be anything from one day every other fortnight to two days every week. So all the things you study will be useful in your job and help you succeed in your future career.
Your employment will be for at least 30 hours per week. There may be a small number of circumstances where the learner cannot complete the full 30 hours. In these cases employment will be for more than 16 hours per week.
Find out more
You can read about what real IT Apprentices have to say about their Apprenticeships by clicking here
To find out more information on the apprenticeships available and how to apply them, please visit the links below
NiTP - http://www.nitp.co.uk/
National Apprenticeship Service - http://apprenticeships.org.uk
Find out more about apprenticeships in Scotland at Skills Development Scotland or Apprenticeships In Scotland
For a bit more advice and guidance about apprenticeships please visit Horsesmouth or NotGoingToUni