Apprenticeships

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Overview

This is an ideal qualification for the budding IT professional and is suitable for those in a wide range of job roles. While you are working you can learn and gain an industry recognised IT qualification. Businesses across the country are increasingly realising the enormous benefits that an apprenticeship provides, not only in terms of creating a highly skilled workforce but also by boosting productivity and staff retention. We know employers directly benefit from these highly trained apprentices.

Am I ready to start?

You must be working in an IT practitioner environment, and be at least 16 years of age. You will also need to undertake an IT skills scan and a basic skills assessment.

How does an Apprenticeship Work?

An apprenticeship programme is delivered via a mixture of on and off the job training, whereby you can apply your skills in real work contexts. The apprenticeship programme usually consists of the following elements:

Diploma
This is the training that you will undertake in college. Through this training you will develop some of you underpinning knowledge as well as have the chance to practice and refine you practical skills.

NVQ
This is the assessment of your competency in the work place. Our team of onsite assessors will observe you in the work place and support you to gain the evidence required to prove your ability to work effectively.

Functional skills
This area covers your English and Mathematics development to the highest possible level.

Transferable skills
These are the skills that help you to develop your Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and your rights as an employee within the workplace.

The duration of the course is dependent on prior attainment and can range from 18 months to 24 months. You will attend College for 1 day a week and you be in the workplace for the remaining 4 days.

At Harlow College we don't believe in aiming for the bare minimum. Whereever possible we will encourage you to go above and beyond the requirements of the framework and achieve your maximum potential.

What does the course involve?

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

 Level 2 Award in ICT Systems and Principles (7540-12) Ref: 500/3475/3

  • Install and configure ICT equipment and operating systems – unit 229 (9)
  • Maintain ICT Equipment and Systems – unit 328 (12)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Level 2 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence (4520-02) Ref: 501/1789/0

  • Health and Safety in ICT – unit 102 (3)
  • Develop own effectiveness and professionalism – unit 204 (6)*
  • Customer care in ICT – unit 201 (9)*
  • Software installation and upgrade – unit 208 (9)
  • ICT System Operation – unit 209 (9)
  • Working with ICT hardware and equipment – unit 214 (9)
  • Presentation Software – unit 275 (4)
  • Microsoft Technology Associate units - Windows Operating System Fundamentals (98-349)
  • Networking Fundamentals (98-366)
  • Server Fundamentals (98-365)

ADVANCED LEVEL

Level 3 Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles (7540-13) Ref: 500/3476/5

  • Install and configure ICT equipment and operating systems – unit 229 (9)
  • Maintain ICT Equipment and Systems – unit 328 (12)
  • Install, configure and upgrade ICT software – unit 362 (7)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Level 3 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence (4520-03) Ref: 501/1788/9

  • Health and Safety in ICT – unit 102 (3)*
  • Develop own effectiveness and professionalism - unit 304 (9)*
  • Customer care in ICT – unit 301 (12)*
  • Software installation and upgrade – unit 308 (12)
  • ICT System Operation – unit 309 (12)
  • Working with ICT hardware and equipment – unit 314 (12)
  • User profile administration – unit 319 (9)
  • Presentation Software – unit 275 (4)
  • Microsoft Technology Associate units - Windows Operating System Fundamentals(98-349)
  • Networking Fundamentals (98-366)
  • Server Fundamentals (98-365)
  • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2

Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?

Starting salaries are between Β£18,000 and Β£22,000 a year, and experienced technicians can earn up to Β£30,000 a year.

Senior staff with management responsibilities can earn over Β£30,000 a year.

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Got a job?

You must have a job to do an apprenticeship. If you already have a job you may be able to do an apprenticeship with your current employer.

If you don’t have a job for your apprenticeship – apply for your place at College by clicking the 'Apply Now' button at the top and bottom of the page.

Once you have applied please check out our apprenticeship job vacancies.

An apprenticeship comprises two parts:

  • Typically 20% study element (at Harlow College or Stansted Airport College).
  • 80% work based element with an employer. It is your responsibility to find an employer.

Great, so what do I do now?

Call 01279 868240 to speak to an Apprenticeships adviser

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