Digital IT apprenticeships at BCS

Partner with the IT industry’s trusted end-point assessment organisation for 30 of the digital apprenticeship standards. First to market in 2017, we’ve assessed over 10,000 apprentices... and counting.

Why deliver digital apprenticeships?

Digital skills have never been in higher demand. Our IT leaders 2020 survey calls it out - business transformation and organisational change are the top priority for most sectors. Combine this with the opportunity for businesses to invest in new talent through the apprenticeship levy, plus government funding and other financial incentives, and the case for delivering digital apprenticeships in your centre is clear.

Why choose BCS?

Because we’re the experts! With our first-class platforms and fair and consistent assessment, when you partner with BCS we'll work with you and employers to deliver a smooth and rewarding apprenticeship journey.

"BCS is a supportive, proactive and highly accessible partner. They expertly tailor their service to our needs, allowing us to work collaboratively on ideas and solutions that are in the best interests of our apprentices."

Nichola Hay MBE
Estio Training

Delivering apprenticeship success, together

With quality and continuous improvement at the heart of our apprenticeship activities, we never forget there are four of us in this relationship - that’s you, the employer, BCS and, of course most importantly, the apprentice.

And when we all work together we work smarter in reaching our common goals. That’s why we’ve invested in systems, processes and channels that bring everyone together to support the apprentice in fulfilling their learning potential. So what does this look like?

For you, the training provider

Our online assessment platform is the industry-leading ACE360 which integrates with your existing LMS for seamless apprenticeship management and secure, paper-free submission and feedback for apprentice and employer.

When you partner with the professional body for IT, you join our respected training provider community - a global network of training professionals committed to sharing knowledge and good practice and influencing the digital skills agenda. Get involved by coming along to one of our training provider forums or webinars to have your say.

We’re a trusted voice in the IT sector, consulted by government and other industry bodies about apprenticeships and digital skills development. We’ll keep you up to speed with important policy and funding updates and the latest trends in the digital learning arena. Or you can connect with our subject matter experts and cross-sector employer network for insight and guidance straight from the digital workplace

For apprentices

We’re dedicated to the continuous professional development of the people who work in technology - we’re the professional body for IT, it’s what we do!

So as you’d expect we offer an impressive support package for digital apprentices including discounted access to the Pluralsight digital skills learning portal, and BCS Student membership linking apprentices up with the wider IT practitioner community and exclusive development tools and resources.

Once they pass their apprenticeship, the apprentice can upgrade to Professional membership and take their place on the RITTech professional register underlining their competence and industry credentials.

For employers

Our leading-edge technology platform enables time-pressed employers to engage smoothly and efficiently with the apprenticeship process. While our fair and robust evaluation leaves them safe in the knowledge that their apprentice has become a highly competent and valuable asset to the team.

Employers know they can trust BCS for the latest guidance on apprenticeship levy and policy, and we facilitate regular opportunities for them to come together with training providers, government and policymakers to discuss their apprenticeship strategies, share success stories and challenges, and contribute to steering future agenda.

Delivering digital apprenticeships with BCS - how to get started

Explore the digital apprenticeships standards

We offer a comprehensive choice of standards covering the core range of roles in demand in the digital workplace.

Explore our digital standards

Become BCS accredited

There’s a simple accreditation and on-boarding process.

Become an accredited provider

End-point assessment from BCS

Our impartial, expert evaluation has been chosen for more than 20,000 apprenticeships.

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Employer trailblazers are responsible for defining the knowledge, skills and behaviours in the apprenticeship standards and how they are assessed. Details of the employer trailblazers can be found on each of the published apprenticeship standards.

Digital apprenticeships are being updated

The Digital Trailblazers have updated most of the digital apprenticeships standards, which will be available from Spring 2021. Once available, apprentices will be registered onto these updated apprenticeships.

Apprentices that are already registered will usually complete the apprenticeship standard that they started on. If you need guidance on transferring apprentices, you should seek advice from the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

End-point assessment for new and updated digital apprenticeships

End-point assessment for these standards is unique to each apprenticeship. Take a look at the summary of digital standards to find out more.

Digital apprenticeships for rewarding careers

We celebrate this, and promote the apprenticeship brand in many ways including as sponsor for the National Apprenticeship Awards in the SME category and the UK IT Awards Apprentice of the Year.