IT Higher Apprenticeships

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IT higher apprenticeships are a great route for school leaver’s to get into the IT industry. If you lie awake at night, dreaming about a career in IT, a higher apprenticeship might be the answer. RateMyApprenticeship is here to explain how IT higher apprenticeships work, where you can find vacancies, and why they could be a better option for you than going to university.
For an in-depth overview of higher apprenticeships, and advice for applications, read our Guide to Higher Apprenticeships.

What is an IT higher apprenticeship?

A higher apprenticeship in IT is a scheme for school leaver’s who have finished their A-levels. Each higher apprenticeship is a combination of academic study and on-the-job training. IT higher apprentices work for a company in the IT industry, and spend time studying at a college or training centre on the side. Ultimately, if you apply for an IT higher apprenticeship, you will spend the majority of your time working in the industry. You will develop practical work skills and learn from experienced IT professionals. This is complimented by theoretical study, to give you an academic, and work-based qualification. Higher apprentices earn a competitive wage for the duration of the scheme. In addition to this, there are no fees or debts waiting to attack you when you finish the apprenticeship. Let us repeat, no fees, no debt, and you will earn a salary. Hurrah!

In this video, IT higher apprentices – who work at various technology and IT companies – give their opinions on their schemes. The majority are hoping to stay on with their employers after they have finished their apprenticeships. (It’s a good sign!)

How do IT higher apprenticeships work?

IT higher apprentices split their time between working with their employer, and studying at a college/training provider. For example, you might spend four days in a week working with, and learning from your employer. One day of that week will be spent at college, learning the theoretical side of your course. On the other hand, you could remain with your employer for weeks on end, and then have a week-long study period at college. The structure of your apprenticeship will depend on the company you are working for. All things considered, you will be spending more time at work than you will at college. IT higher apprenticeships are work-heavy schemes. The majority of your training will be practical, to prepare you for a specific job, or role within a company. IT higher apprenticeships last between three to four years. The entry requirements can also vary from company to company, but employers generally look for school leavers that…
  • are aged 18 years old or older
  • have at least two A-levels
  • or an advanced apprenticeship.

What qualifications will I receive?

If you complete an IT business apprenticeship, you will be awarded a Level 4 Competence Qualification, and a knowledge based qualification (Higher National Diploma, foundation degree or undergraduate degree).

Reviews of IT higher apprenticeships

RateMyApprenticeship has more than 1,500 reviews of higher apprenticeships. The reviews are written by apprentices that have finished their scheme, and those that are currently still on them. Each review offers a unique insight into the day-to-day life of a higher apprentice. They also reveal details of what it’s like to work for some of the UK’s biggest and smallest IT companies. The higher apprentices answer questions like…
  • Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis
  • Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • How well organised/structured is your programme?
  • How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
  • What tips or advice would you give to others applying to your scheme?
The reviews of IT higher apprenticeships can help you choose what scheme to apply for, and the sort of company you want to work for. If you would prefer a course that had great social opportunities, or a course that focused on a specific area of IT, the reviews can help you find said course. Click here to access our reviews page.

Should I do an IT higher apprenticeship?

Why should YOU do an IT higher apprenticeship? Why not? IT higher apprenticeships are a great option for any school leaver that is interested in a career in the IT industry. Here’s why…
  • As has been noted, higher apprentices earn a wage for the duration of their scheme. Moreover, apprentices avoid the fees and debts that afflict university students.
  • At the same time, IT higher apprentices are highly employable candidates. The focus on academic and practical training is great preparation for the world of work.
  • Besides the great qualifications, higher apprentices have the opportunity to work with experienced professionals from the IT industry.
  • Furthermore, higher apprenticeships in IT have a clear focus on practical learning. If you were on a scheme, you would be spending the majority of your time working for an IT or technology company. Apprentices are trained through practical work, with short periods of academic study on the side. If you are interested in a career in IT, but no longer interested in sitting in a classroom, an IT higher apprenticeship might be the answer!

IT higher apprenticeship vacancies

You’ve suddenly realised… ‘I simply have to apply for an IT higher apprenticeship!” Congratulations – it’s a great realisation. However, where do you find vacancies for higher apprenticeships in IT. Moreover, where do you find higher apprenticeships in IT that are close by? Luckily for you, RateMyApprenticeship has vacancies for IT higher apprenticeships that you can apply for today! You can even filter your search to target jobs in specific regions across the UK. Click here to see our vacancies for school leaver schemes in the IT industry. If you’re ready for a career in IT, choose an apprenticeship.
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