Who is an apprenticeship suitable for?

There's no age limit for taking an apprenticeship. You can even become an apprentice if you’ve been working for a company for a while, as long as you have a genuine training need. It’s a real job, where you are paid to train and at the same time gain hands-on experience, receiving industry recognised qualifications aligned to industry standards and professional registration.

Why take a digital IT apprenticeship?

  • Increase your potential for higher future earnings
  • Gain skills that employers are recruiting for now and in the future
  • Progress quicker and to a higher level
  • Receive full support, training and mentoring from your employer and training provider
  • Achieve professional RITTech registration with letters after your name
  • Follow a progression route to degree level and Chartered IT Professional (CITP)

Apprenticeship FAQs

How do I apply?

Your first step is to find the apprenticeship that's right for you. We recommend using gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship - you can complete your application form here too.

What are the entry requirements?

There are different entry requirements depending on your industry, job role and apprenticeship level. Take a look at your chosen apprenticeship standard for information about the entry criteria.

How much will I earn?

For information on the minimum you'll be paid as an apprentice, visit gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide/pay-and-conditions

How long does an apprenticeship last?

Most apprenticeships are 12-24 months in duration.

What happens after I finish my apprenticeship?

As soon as you’ve passed your apprenticeship, you’re eligible to apply for professional RITTech registration - confirming the level of competence and professionalism you now bring to the workplace.

Many apprentices remain working with their same employer. You might use your new status to look for a more senior position, or begin searching for a role in another organisation.

Alternatively, you could move onto your next phase of learning, perhaps at degree level.

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Start your career journey

We recommend using the GOV.uk apprenticeship website to find the latest apprenticeship roles.

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Find a provider near you

If you're already decided on your chosen apprenticeship, use our approved providers to get started.

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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

Vishal Patel - Assistant Technical Engineer

Infrastructure Technician, Level 3

At 42 years old Vishal has changed his career through an IT apprenticeship. From collecting glasses to configuring routers and switches, Vishal proves that you are only limited by your ambition.

Kimberley Noel - Operations Support/ Marketing, ECO Printers

Graduated Digital Marketing Apprentice

Kimberly gained an interest in technology using creative media at school, she found a digital marketing apprenticeship that supported her aspirations. 

Robin Bradford - Software Engineer, Sainsburys

BCS Software Developer, Level 4

Robin started a physics degree, the subject choice wasn’t right for him, and he dropped out. Through his personal determination and hard work, Robin is now a software engineer.

Arrianne O’Shea - Junior Developer at Gene Commerce

Software Developer, Level 4

Working alongside research scientists and engineers inspired me to change the direction of my career and throw myself into coding.

Alex Burns - Network Engineer at PCM Stack

BCS Network Engineer, Level 4

At the age of 23 I’ve accomplished so much more than I ever expected. I’m extremely proud to be the first person in England to complete the Digital IT Apprenticeship standards, and with a distinction.

Communications Apprentice, Brighton Dome

Digital Marketer, Level 3

Make sure you choose the route that you want, rather than the route that everyone else is taking. University isn’t perfect for everyone and people need to stop looking at apprenticeships as a secondary option.