Who becomes an apprentice?

Who becomes an apprentice?

To become an apprentice, you must be

To become an apprentice, you must be

Become an apprentice:

The IT sector attracts people from all walks of life and to succeed it’s more important that you have a passion for what you do and you have a thirst for continuous learning.

IT constantly evolves, what you knew a few years ago, might be out-of-date today. That’s why apprentices, talented professionals with a passion for tech and the ability to study and develop their skills, do so well.

Apprenticeship, an opportunity at any age

Apprentices can be any age; however different qualification levels attract learners at different stages of their careers. Many of our level 3 apprentices (equivalent to A levels) are between 16 – 23 years of age when they enrol and have little commercial digital experience.

Our level 4 apprentices (equivalent to a foundation degree) are often between 20+ with at least one year’s commercial work experience already under their belts. A level 4 digital apprenticeship is a challenging qualification with increased self-study and it will test your organisational skills to complete it successfully.

Gain new, substantial skills

Your digital apprenticeship is government-funded and there are rules requiring apprentices to learn substantial new skills. So, if you’ve done a previous qualification that is too similar to your chosen IT apprenticeship then we might need to check your eligibility.

Our team of friendly advisers are trained to let you know exactly where you stand and what you’ll be eligible for.

Are you already working?

If you already have a job, then there’s a chance we can enrol you straight on to an apprenticeship, however, it depends on your employer’s willingness to support you and the job role you’re doing.

For example, to enrol on a digital IT apprenticeship in software development, you’ll need to build a portfolio showcasing your work. So, it’s important that your job is doing software development or you’re going to struggle to gain the evidence required to meet the criteria to pass.

If your job role does not match any of our digital apprenticeships, but you have the drive and skills to become an IT apprentice don’t worry. Register with us, and if your application stands out, we can introduce you to committed regional employers, who have opportunities that are perfect for a successful apprenticeship outcome.

Are you a school leaver or at college?

Are you a school leaver or college student and want something different? Perhaps you’re enrolled on, or have completed a college course at the moment, but want some real hands-on digital sector experience?

Employer’s value new, motivated, hungry tech talent, even without experience.

Leading employers will spot your potential, and if you can present yourself well, for example, building an application form that stands out and/or a portfolio showcasing your work that they can review, it will increase your chances of receiving an offer of employment.

Develop your business attitude and behaviour

The difference between those who succeed and those who don’t are influenced by attitude more than anything else. This begins with your application, interview and you must work to develop it every day of your working life.

A gifted technical digital apprentice with a poor attitude will find it hard to succeed in any sector, not just digital. Employers are busy running their organisations and don’t have time for apprentices who arrive late, complain, are unreliable, fail to complete tasks, distract other employees or cause unnecessary problems.

As an apprentice, developing your business attitude and a professional, consistent, reliable working approach will be a solid foundation for success and find favour with your employer, especially if you’re considered a good team player.

Apprentices with a professional business attitude generally find they win more promotions, gain more responsibility, earn more pay rises and ascend the ranks faster than those who disrupt and challenge for no good reason.

Ultimately, your attitude is your decision. Protect and build your professional reputation and attitude, and it will define your long-term career success.