IT Apprenticeship: Student Guide

This Apprenticeship provides the Apprentice with the competence, skills and knowledge to work effectively and efficiently with IT systems, communication and productivity tools and software applications.

This includes the creation and amendment of many types of formatted information including documents, diagrams, spreadsheets and presentations. It also includes maintaining simple websites, using the internet to find and exchange information and using social media to disseminate information.

On Intermediate Level Apprenticeship you could work as a Data Administrator, entering and editing data using software such as Customer Relationship Management; Accounts; Payroll and Stock control systems. You would also be producing routine reports from the data held.

Where as on the Advanced Level Apprenticeship you could work as a Website manager, planning and contributing to designing websites; creating multimedia content for websites; and working with IT professionals to build new sites.

The Apprenticeship Framework

There are three main strands to an Apprenticeship, known as the Framework: a competence-based element, a technical element and a skills element. The IT Apprenticeship is a flexible programme that accommodates many varied IT roles, with Apprentice and employer choosing the majority of the units to ensure that the programme is relevant to the job role.

Apprentices receive training at college to work towards a nationally recognised qualification studying towards a Diploma in ICT Professional Competence or Award in ICT Systems and Principles.

ICT units covered include: Cabling (Optical/Copper), Repair Centre Procedures, Monitoring and Maintenance, System Configuration, Software Installation Procedures, Telecommunications, Voice and Data Communications and Personal and Organisational Effectiveness (Mandatory unit).

As part of the Apprenticeship, students will spend one day a week at college working towards an additional technical certificate (from September 2011), Cisco Systems (CCNA) and A+ or other suitable qualification. Apprentices will also undertake Functional/Key Skills in Maths and English.

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Have you considered coming to college full-time if you can’t find an Apprenticeship vacancy? You can start on many of our courses on a full-time basis, then if an Apprenticeship becomes available you can transfer across. Everything you’ll have learnt at college will be valuable to you at work. To discuss your full-time course options call 01902 836000.

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