Every business and individual will be impacted by developments in technology, which create exciting career opportunities in a fast-moving and highly sought-after sector. Businesses rely on IT and telecommunications every day, making the demand for ICT services high.
As an ICT apprentice, you’ll gain invaluable technical and practical support from your employer and benefit from the experience of working in a dynamic environment. The pace of technological advancement isn’t set to slow any time soon, so now is a good time to consider an apprenticeship in this industry.
If you dream of developing the next breakthrough in technology or seeing your software or device in almost every home, this would be the perfect sector to get into.
Apprenticeships in ICT begin at Level 2 with IT support and technician roles, all the way up to Level 6 and 7 qualifications in computer science, which are equivalent to a degree.
There are opportunities in every aspect of IT and technology. Roles range from IT support and software developers to network design and maintenance, cyber security and IT infrastructure.
A wide range of organisations offer many different career pathways, and many more new and exciting opportunities are set to open up as technology continues to advance. As well as the obvious names in IT, some of the organisations offering apprenticeships include Amazon, O2, BT, Google, Royal Mail, ASDA, the BBC, and Network Rail.
If you have a logical nature, great problem-solving skills and an interest in computers or coding, an apprenticeship in this sector might suit you well.
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- You’re learning how software development is done in real-life rather than just the theory.
- You learn from your colleagues who have different skill sets and experiences.
- You’ll learn by doing rather than all classroom teaching.
- Apprentices generally live at home, so don’t always get the same independence as those going to university.
- You need good time management skills to balance working and studying.
- It can be competitive, with more applicants than roles.
Society is becoming increasingly digitalised and therefore demand for skilled, forward-thinking individuals will only grow. Technology impacts almost every area of our lives and to keep pace with the changes, knowledge and skills will need to be developed and nurtured.
It’s exciting to be part of the company as it grows. The industry is constantly changing and there are always new ways to do things.
Marley Powell, Apprentice at Exclaimer
Employers in this sector provide professional qualifications that are industry relevant, meaning you can use your qualification to take your career into any specialist field in the technology sector.
Employers offer their apprentices lots of support as they’re investing in the future, meaning you can usually expect career coaching, regular feedback and flexibility in the study element of the apprenticeship. You’ll often also get and hands-on experience through individual projects.
Our apprentices are coming into the business as our employees and leaders of the future.
Phil Vetter, Employer at Exclaimer