Could you develop code for Google? Maybe you could design the next Grand Theft Auto game or crunch numbers for a big business? Digital and IT is about working with technology.

What is a digital and IT apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship in the sector is a practical, work-based route into your chosen career. You will gain the qualifications and skills to work in the field while earning a salary and not paying tuition fees.

You could be designing cyber security systems for the Government, engineering radio networks, or training artificial intelligence (AI) for the future.

Career opportunities from a digital and IT apprenticeship

An apprenticeship in the industry can lead to a range of careers, including a:

A day in the life of an IT Apprentice

Lucy is a software development apprentice at Autotrader.
£19,973
The average salary for an IT apprentice
According to Glassdoor, correct as of January 2023
Over 36,000
Number of people who started a digital and IT apprenticeship in 2021/22
GOV.UK, correct as of January 2023

Marley Powell, digital and technology solutions apprentice at Exclaimer

I think enthusiasm and a willingness to learn are the most important things if you’re thinking about an apprenticeship. If you come into work every day keen and with an open mind, you’ll learn so much more than you’re expecting.

Phil Vetter, head of development at Exclaimer

Many of our most successful employees got into this industry through passion – they pursued a hobby, it got out of control, and it became their career. The day-to-day experience is invaluable, but the study element of the apprenticeship plugs those theoretical gaps that are gained in the classroom.
Pros
  • Digital is the future.
  • Digital and IT roles are often well-paid.
  • You’ll learn the practical side as well as theory.
Considerations
  • Roles can be competitive.
  • It can be hard to juggle studying and working.
  • You can miss the traditional ‘uni’ experience.

Who would suit a digital and IT apprenticeship?

You might be interested in a digital and IT apprenticeship if you:

  • are passionate about technology
  • are innovative and creative
  • want to design solutions for the future

You might be a good fit for a digital and IT apprenticeship if you:

  • are good with technology
  • are practical
  • like working with numbers
  • are a good problem solver
  • are a logical thinker

Find employers offering IT apprenticeships

Browse employers offering IT apprenticeships, including Sky, KPMG, Capgemini, and more.

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Lucy shares her top tips for getting an apprenticeship in digital and IT.
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FAQs about digital and IT apprenticeships

Kyle MacDiarmid, software engineer apprentice at Exclaimer

If you’re thinking about an apprenticeship, I’d say definitely do some YouTube learning and create a portfolio that you can show employers. It proves that you have initiative, even if it’s not perfect, and that will definitely work in your favour.

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