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
  • 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?

Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship there are many options, you may look to continue working with your current employer if they offer you a role, or to begin looking for roles in other organisations or you may wish to move onto the next level of study.

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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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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 confguring 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

I wasn’t the best in school, left with no GCSE’s and found myself in limbo. I knew I was good at IT, but without qualifications how was I going to progress onto where I wanted to be?

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.