Pretty much every business and organization uses computers and IT systems in their day-to-day operations, so those who know their way around a PC have a definite advantage on the job front. Whether you want to add computer skills to your CV or join the booming IT industry, a computer apprenticeship could be a step towards a rewarding career.
What’s a computer apprenticeship all about?
There are two kinds of computer apprenticeships available: IT users and IT and telecoms professionals.
- IT users is all about developing computer skills that can be used to get ahead in the workplace, such as database creation and maintaining networks. On this type of computer apprenticeship, you could be working for any employer who uses computers (which is just about anyone) and learning specialist IT skills to improve their business. This could be anything from setting up an online diary for a solicitor’s firm or using a new computer programme to keep track of inventory in a distributor.
- IT and telecoms professionals apprenticeship deals with the companies that provide IT solutions for businesses like web developers, IT trainers and software consultants. As an apprentice, you’d learn specialist IT skills like how to install and update software, troubleshoot and gain an IT qualification from Microsoft.
No matter which computer apprenticeship you go for, you will pick up valuable skills that can be applied to most sectors (and will impress employers).
What’s in it for me?
Lots! As IT becomes more and more important, those with a related qualification will be more and more in demand. No matter what kind of job you go for, having computer skills could give you the edge over other candidates.
The IT industry itself is fast moving and highly profitable. After completing an IT and telecoms professional apprenticeship, you’ll get a Microsoft qualification (or equivalent) and the chance to start earning some good money. Starting salaries in this industry range between £14,000 and £17,000.
Who’s it for?
This apprenticeship isn’t just for the computer geeks. Computer skills are needed in all sorts of job roles, from admin to healthcare. The IT user apprenticeship is the perfect way to boost your employability and future prospects, no matter what career path you choose. Of course, computer geeks will love the IT and telecoms professional apprenticeship. This one is for tech-types who have a knack for problem solving, a methodical approach and the ability to keep up with ever-changing technology.
What vacancies are there?
Check out our IT and computer apprenticeships vacancies section to find the right opportunity for you!