Why employ an apprentice?

Taking on apprentices is a highly practical and cost-effective way for you to develop and motivate your workforce. In addition to qualified employees, apprenticeships deliver many other far-reaching business benefits including lower recruitment costs, greater staff satisfaction and improved retention rates.

The digital IT apprenticeship standards are developed by employers for employers to support the very latest real-world digital strategies. Apprenticeship programmes last between 12 and 24 months and include both on and off-the-job training in occupations that are vital for success in today’s technology landscape. They also provide the added benefit of tailoring the training around your unique business requirements.

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 that organisations need in the digital age, combined with the attitudes and behaviours that build a winning team.

Rishi Sunak explains apprenticeships in this video

Digital apprenticeships from BCS

We’re the leading end-point assessment organisation dedicated to the IT profession and will work closely with you at every step in the apprentice’s journey, providing qualifications and end-point assessment you can be confident in.

By partnering with the professional body for IT, you set your apprentices on the defined route to trusted IT professional - supported by an exclusive learning package and robust end-point assessment, as well as BCS membership and professional registration for every successful candidate.

A practical guide for employers

Find out how you can partner with us to support apprentices through their training, EPA and beyond with this practical guide to digital apprenticeships for employers.

Choosing your end-point assessment

When it comes to assessing your apprentices, you’re in safe hands with BCS. We’re committed to delivering first-class end-point assessment for you and your apprentices so you can be 100% confident in their evaluation and the competencies they bring to your business.

Our expertly-trained team of full-time end-point assessors, and 80+ associate assessors, deliver on this commitment with pride and integrity. Since providing our first end-point assessment in 2017 we’ve assessed over 10,000 digital apprentices, drawing out the best from each one.

We work to ensure apprentices enjoy a seamless experience using the very latest in online assessment delivery software, with BCS membership and heavily-discounted access to the Pluralsight digital skills learning portal available to support their training and assessment performance.

“I am amazed at our apprentices and how dedicated and driven they are to succeed. It’s amazing to watch these great individuals juggling their day job and their learning - especially now they have their own challenges in lockdown. It's very humbling and I'm extremely proud of them."

Alison Galvin, Chief People Officer

Begin your apprenticeship journey

Choose the right apprenticeship for your business

We offer a comprehensive choice of digital IT apprenticeship standards covering a range of important digital roles.

Explore our digital standards

Find a training provider near you

If you’ve already chosen your apprenticeship, contact an approved provider to get started.

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Understand your role in end-point assessment

Find out more about assessment and how we support employers and apprentices throughout the process.

Find out about end-point assessment

Guidance on the apprenticeship levy

Understand the apprenticeship levy and how it affects your organisation.

View levy guidance

Championing your apprentices

At BCS, we believe apprenticeships should enjoy parity with every other career choice - here are some of the ways we’re helping to raise the profile of apprenticeships and digital apprentices across the industry:

We sponsor the Apprentice of the Year category at the annual UK IT Industry Awards

We are partnering with WorldSkillsUK on their Spotlight Talks: Inspiring Careers Excellence

Our BCS employer events bring the community together to share ideas, discuss challenges and drive the apprenticeship debate

At the National Apprenticeship Awards we sponsor the Digital Provider of the Year category.

What do employers say?

Don’t take our word for it, let these employers tell you about their apprenticeship journey and the business benefits they’re enjoying along the way.

Anita Davenport-Brooks

People, Culture and Compliance Manager

We see apprenticeships as key for the future. We want to make sure we continue to grow our employees internally, Anita explains.

Read the Lander Automotive Ltd case study

Cat Halstead

Head of Change & People Development, Crimson

At the heart of their strategic growth plan, Crimson provides exciting opportunities for IT apprentices from every background.

Read the Crimson case study

Claire Oliver

Head of HR, Troup Bywaters + Anders

We've always had the culture of growing our people, nurturing talent and developing our leaders for the future, Claire explains.

Read the Troup Bywaters + Anders case study

Rod Plummer

MD at Shoothill

Employing an apprentice has changed the dynamic of our company, says co-founder Rod, helping us to keep our finger on the pulse.

Read the Shoothill case study

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.

Employer case study: Lois Simon, Softcat

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.

Employer case study: Chris Green, Etherlive