An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.
On completion of the Apprenticeship the apprentice will be able to undertake a full range of duties, in a range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.
This Apprenticeship framework provides the skills, knowledge and competence required to become an IT, Software, Web or Telecoms Professional in a wide range of job roles such as:
- IT Technical Support
- Software Developer
- Web Developer
- Database Administrator
- Telecoms Engineer
- Network Planner
The Apprenticeship programme combines skills and knowledge with employment in an IT or Telecoms role, meaning that apprentices are paid throughout the programme. Apprentices can apply and improve their skills in the workplace to complement the instructor-led learning.
The apprenticeship is made up of qualifications and learning that will provide apprentices with the skills and knowledge required to become competent in their chosen job role. The framework includes a balance of content in technical, business and interpersonal areas, designed to ensure apprentices have an appropriate set of skills to operate in today's IT & Telecoms job roles. The technical content includes units for Software Development, Web Development, Technical Support and Databases. In addition the apprenticeship supports 'vendor' and industry recognised content from organisations such as Cisco.
These courses are delivered through classroom teaching, practical workshops and online study materials.
You will also be allocated an assessor who will visit you in the workplace to help you to develop your vocational skills and assess your on-the-job competence.
ICT Professional Competence Level 4 Diploma (City & Guilds)
Computing and Systems Development Level 4 HNC Diploma EDEXCEL
(Functional Skills in English and maths.)
You will be assessed on your practical abilities in your workplace. Workplace assessments may be observations, professional discussions, interviews or inspections of your work.
You will also be required to complete assignments and projects and answer written questions. Some course units are assessed by examinations.
Employers can receive advice and support from the Employer Services team at Solihull College and University Centre
You will need GCSEs in the A*/9 - C/4 range or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English. Individual employers will also set their selection criteria, but this is likely to include A' Levels, a relevant Level 3 apprenticeship, or other relevant qualifications, relevant experience and/or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths.
Employers are welcome to engage with our full time learners already studying computing qualifications if they need assistance in recruiting apprentices. Links can be made through the College Employer Services team.
How much will this course cost?
Please contact the College Employer Services Business Advisors for more information about funding and costs.
Have you got a question about this course?
Please contact the College Employer Services Business Advisors, or Contact the Head of School of Computing and Emerging Technologies.
You may be able to progress onto a level 4 or degree apprenticeship.