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IT Degree Apprentice

Employer description:

At Cisco, each person brings their unique talents to work together and make a difference – our culture and the way we look after our people has led us to being the World’s No. 1 place to work!

Yes, our technology changes the way the world works, lives, plays and learns, but our edge comes from our people.

  • We connect everything – people, process, data, and things – and we use those connections to change our world for the better.
  • We innovate everywhere - From launching a new era of networking that adapts, learns and protects, to building Cisco Services that accelerate businesses and business results. Our technology powers entertainment, retail, healthcare, education and more – from Smart Cities to your everyday devices.
  • We benefit everyone - We do all of this while striving for a culture that empowers every person to be the difference, at work and in our communities.

You will get to be part of a community that you will not only learn from, but you will make lifelong friends with and have fun along the way as you grow and develop as a professional.

We encourage everyone to be their own individual self!

Colourful hair? Don’t care.

Tattoos? Show off your ink.

Like polka dots? That’s cool.

Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Be you, with us! #WeAreCisco

Job overview:

As an Apprentice you will work on a 3-year rotational Program where you will build your professional experience, whilst completing a degree alongside.

You’ll be given support and guidance to understand how your passion and skills best fit within Cisco. You’ll be advised by your Apprentice Manager to pursue relevant rotations in the business areas available that play to your strengths. By seeing and doing what our teams do, you’ll start to see the opportunities ahead and develop experience that’s relevant to be successful.

Key Responsibilities of the Apprentice:

  • You’ll be at the cutting edge of our exciting technology; watching things evolve and new things created.
  • Get to meet hundreds of Cisco employees from all over the world; building contacts, working with the best and learning from the experts.
  • Partner with international brands to deliver solutions to their business problems.
  • Manage projects that ensure we deliver on our contracts with customers, communicating with stakeholders and hitting deadlines.
  • Design, test, and deploy our technology and understand the engineering behind it in order to break and fix it.
  • Analyse and unpick what our data means to inform what and how we do our work.
  • Help local communities by ‘giving back’ to fundraise, volunteer time and raise awareness of local causes.

Who should apply:

Someone who:

  • Has a passion for technology
  • Is motivated to learn and has the ambition & drive to succeed
  • Uses a methodical approach, has good organisational skills and takes responsibility for their work
  • Is focused on achieving results
  • Communicates well and shows enthusiasm for what they work on
  • Has the ability to persevere and remain resilient and patient
  • Can work independently, once shown what to do

Desired qualifications:

  • A-Levels in ICT/Business/Computing
  • Or an Apprenticeship in a similar subject (this must be at least the level below the planned programme)
  • Or an International Baccalaureate at level 3 in ICT
  • Or a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (180 credits)  


  • At Cisco, we love to give back to the Community, and we encourage staff to do so by giving employees 5 days off (in addition to their Paid Time off) to give back to a cause that they care about.
  • For your birthday, you get a duvet day off which you can take off either 5 days before or after the day.
  • Voted World’s No. 1 Employer to work for
  • Salary increases each year of the 3-year program
  • Opportunity to progress onto a Master’s Degree Apprenticeship
  • Gateway to Graduate opportunities at Cisco
  • Attractive bonus package
  • Life Assurance
  • Cisco Perks Program (i.e. discounts at national shops / reduced cinema tickets)
  • Health & Dental care 

Important Information:

QA’s apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education. 

To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years. 

IT Degree Apprentice

Reading, UK
Apprenticeships, Degree Apprenticeships

Published on 31 May 2020