If you want an exciting and rewarding career in IT, the Higher Apprenticeship is a great way to get the experience and qualifications you need while earning a salary.
You’ll be employed by an organisation that has technology at its heart and you will train for recognised qualifications. From day one, you’ll use your new skills to tackle real business tasks in the workplace and you will learn from the best minds in the industry in a fast-paced environment.
The mix of qualifications and experience you will gain will stand you in good stead for a rewarding and successful career in IT and as an apprentice you could work in any one of a broad variety of roles.
For example, you might work as an IT project manager, overseeing the development of computer systems to meet a client’s business needs, or as an analyst developer, researching, designing and writing new software programs.
As a security analyst you would be responsible for assessing risks to systems, and developing and designing security plans to minimise potential threats.
There are tough requirements to get onto this Higher Apprenticeship - you will need two A levels (or an equivalent qualification) or to have successfully completed an advanced apprenticeship in ICT - and you will need to be prepared to work hard as you will be studying for a qualification while working full-time.
Some higher apprentices do a Foundation Degree, while many others do qualifications such as HNCs or HNDs.
Once you have completed your apprenticeship, however, you will be in a good position to progress into managerial or team leader roles. Career prospects are good as IT skills are always in demand and employers recognise the energy, creativity and passion that apprentices bring to the business.
Reproduced from The Apprenticeship Guide [new window].
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Originally published March 2012. Last updated November 2017.