Higher Computing and IT Apprenticeship (Level 4)
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Computing and IT is an integral part of many industries and due to advancements within technology, there is an increasing demand for individuals with a high level of technical skills.
What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job training with work related qualifications for those aged 16 or above, living in England.
Apprentices will gain a good technical knowledge base of the sector as a whole and, combined with real, practical, work experience, will gain competency in the workplace and the development of transferable skills.
How much will I earn?
With an apprenticeship you will earn while you learn. You are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. As of 1st October 2016, this is £3.40 an hour for 16 to 18 year olds. This is also the same for apprentices over the age of 19 but in their first year of their apprenticeship.
Who is this Apprenticeship suitable for?
This apprenticeship is suitable for those who are currently working within this sector or are looking to gain employment within this sector as a Software Developer, Database Admin, Network Admin, Technical Support Officer or Web Developer.
What type of work will I do and what qualifications will I gain?
Although apprenticeships will vary depending on your entry level and your employer, you will gain a range of skills from the varying tasks you complete, these could include:
- Remote support for products or services
- Software installation and upgrades
- Designing and developing a website
- Working with ICT equipment
- Using computer systems
- Systems analysis
- Database design concepts
You will also gain the following qualifications:
- Competence Qualification - Level 4 Diploma in Professional Competence
- Knowledge Qualification - HNC Computing and Systems Development
- Employee Rights and Responsibilities
What skills and qualities will I need for this apprenticeship?
- Proactive and fast learner
- The ability to work both in a team and sometimes alone
- The ability to assist customers and colleagues and find solutions to problems
- The ability to work logically and methodically, often under pressure to set deadlines
- A critical eye for detail and the ability to deliver what is required, when it is required
- Open to change, and a focus on the requirements of the business at all times
Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?
You will need to have completed an advanced apprenticeship or A levels (or equivalent). Alternatively, you should be able to demonstrate having held employment within the computing sector for a number of years.
It is also expected that you will have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above (grade C or above) including maths, English and IT.
How long will this apprenticeship take to complete?
Depending on the level you enter and the employer you work for, an apprenticeship can vary in duration, from one year to four years.
The average duration of this apprenticeship is 24 months. This will be discussed and confirmed with each individual apprentice after initial advice and guidance and initial assessments are completed.
How will I be assessed?
As an apprentice, you will be assigned an assessor, who will visit you in the workplace to observe the tasks you complete. You will also complete a number of relevant work?related modules at the College. All of which will contribute to the overall success of your apprenticeship.
How does an employer benefit from this apprenticeship?
This apprenticeship will provide employers with an apprentice that has the skills, knowledge and competency to successfully progress within a business and contribute to their overall efficiency and productivity.
What can I progress onto once I have completed my apprenticeship?
Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship you could progress onto the next level of study or you could go onto secure a permanent job with your current employer.
Alternatively, it may be possible to 'top up' your qualification with a HND, or progress onto the FdSc in Applied Computing at University Centre St Helens.Ref: Rob Barker