Apprenticeships for business owners

Employing apprentices is a cost-effective way of developing your workforce and is proven to deliver far-reaching business benefits including lower recruitment costs and increased staff satisfaction and retention.

Digital IT apprenticeship standards are developed by industry experts and include both on and off-the-job training in the roles that are vital for success in today’s technology landscape.

Fill your IT skills gap


The digital skills gap costs the UK economy £63bn every year - apprentices help you address the gaps in your business.

Upskill your employees


Apprenticeships offer a great development opportunity for both new and existing staff of all abilities.

Use don't lose your levy


Invest your apprenticeship levy to grow your talent or fund an apprentice for another business (up to 25% of your levy can be transferred from April 2019) 

Digital IT apprenticeships from BCS

We've developed high quality knowledge modules and end-point assessment for the new digital IT apprenticeships approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA).

Standards developed by employers for employers to support real world digital strategies

Aligned to professional registration, including RITTech, and pathway to chartered professional

The only end-point assessment organisation dedicated to the IT and digital industry

Robust end-point assessment delivered by experienced and highly competent assessors

Tried and tested with over 3000 end-point assessments already delivered.

What types of apprenticeships do we offer?

As the industry body for IT, we’ll help you deliver an apprenticeship strategy to futureproof your digital workforce and grow your business through technology innovation.

Whether it’s strengthening your infrastructure or managing business change, identifying cyber threats or driving marketing and sales, digital IT apprenticeships offer the core technical competencies every organisation needs in the digital age, combined with the attitudes and behaviours that contribute to a winning team.

At BCS we offer digital IT apprenticeships at levels 3 and 4, together with an exclusive learning and development package for your apprentices which includes access to the leading technology skills platform, Pluralsight.

"The benefit of doing an apprenticeship is that it allows you to experience the world of work while studying for a qualification. It also gives you hands-on experience, professional communication skills and being a part of a team"

Kimberley Noel (former apprentice)
Operations Support - ECO Printers

Apprenticeship challenge

The BCS digital apprenticeship challenge is designed to explore what talented digital apprentices can do to make a big difference.

We want to inspire apprentices to think about your role as a digital professional and come up with your own 'big digital idea' that utilises forward thinking in IT and digital technology considering:

  • Sustainability - focus on the use of technology for the benefit of society and be something that the individuals it is designed for can use to make an impact.
  • Accessibility and ethics - linking the idea to important areas such as diversity and social mobility.

Find out more about the challenge

Begin your apprenticeship journey

Choose the right apprenticeship for your business

We offer a comprehensive range of digital IT apprenticeships, covering a wide range of IT roles.

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Understand your role in end-point assessment

As a registered apprenticeship assessment organisation, we'll support you and your apprentice through the entire process.

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Guidance on the apprenticeship levy

Understand the apprenticeship levy and how it affects your organisation.

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BCS research and analysis

Download employer guidance, independent research and insight to inform your apprenticeship decisions.

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Alison Galvin

Chief People Officer, Invotra

While universities have been worrying about teaching their curriculum online, Invotra have been supporting government agencies and developing talent.

Read the Invotra case study

Lois Simon

Apprentice Lead, Softcat

From onboarding to remote working: Lois tells BCS how the company is supporting apprentices during the COVID-19 crisis.

Read the Softcat case study

Chris Green

CEO at Etherlive

Chris has his own company providing IT for events. He talks about what a difference it's made to have a young, enthusiastic and talented apprentice join their team.

Read the Etherlive case study

Rod Plummer

MD at Shoothill

In two years, 20-year-old Josh Welch has gone from leaving school with few plans to successfully completing an apprenticeship at Shoothill.

Read the Shoothill case study