Best IT apprenticeships in the UK

Are you thinking about starting a career in the IT sector? An apprenticeship could be a great way for you to gain valuable experience, learn key skills and benefit from the support of professional peers. But with so many apprenticeships to choose from how do you know which one will be the right fit?

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To help make your decision easier we have rounded up a selection of the best IT apprenticeships.

The list contains three different types of IT apprenticeship from entry-level and higher IT apprenticeship schemes, to degree-level apprenticeships to suit all skill bases.

Here are the ones you need to know about.

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Facebook

Would you like to work for one of the biggest tech giants in the world? Facebook runs an impressive software engineering apprenticeship scheme.

Based in London, the programme lasts two years and is offered as part of the UK Government Apprenticeship Programme in partnership with Ada.

If this sounds like the right fit for you then you will need to have two A levels (or equivalent) at grade C or above, preferably one in technology, mathematics, engineering or science.

Get more information here.

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Ford

Ford runs an impressive IT Degree Apprenticeship that allows members to pursue practical work experience alongside academic learning.

The programme includes placements in major global teams across the Ford Information Technology organisation.

Applicants need to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B or above including maths, English and double science or have three A Levels at minimum grades BCC or their equivalent.

Get more information here.

EY

EY

EY is currently taking applications for their BSc Apprenticeship Degree in Digital Innovation.

The apprenticeship lasts three years and during this time EY will fund your tuition. On top of that, they will also pay you a competitive salary from day one.

As well as your technical training, you'll develop essential know-how through a range of activities. On the EY apprenticeship, you will be assigned a career counsellor who will work closely with you to help you to grow in your career.

Get more information here.

Accenture

Accenture

Global management consulting firm Accenture provides IT apprenticeships in Manchester, London, Warwick, Edinburgh and Newcastle. Whether you're a school leaver, undergraduate or graduate, you should be able to find a course for you in a whole host of subjects.

For example, if you have an undergraduate degree you can apply for one of their graduate schemes in software, strategy or consulting.

If you’re an undergrad they have plenty of summer placements and internships while school leavers can avail of engineering apprenticeships.

Get more information here.

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Civil Service

The civil service runs a Level 4 Digital, Data and Technology Fast Track Apprenticeship. This two-year programme is a permanent position within a government department paying a salary of between £19,500 and £27,000.

It’s a great stepping stone for a career in software development, data analysis, software testing or engineering. Entry requirements include 5 GCSEs at a minimum grade C or 4 including English Language and maths, and 2 A-levels, at grade C and above.

Get more information here.

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KPMG

The KPMG360° apprenticeships last four years. They combine academic study at BPP University alongside practical work experience at KPMG offices around the UK. Apprentices will gain work experience in data analytics, cyber security and forensic technology.

Applicants will need 5 GCSEs at A* – C or at 4 – 9 GCSE (including English Language and maths) and a minimum of 104 UCAS points.

Get more information here.

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Airbus

Airbus - a global leader in aeronautics - offers a range of degree apprenticeships, both here in the UK and in most major European cities.

In terms of IT-focused courses, you'll be able to apply for a Digital and Technical Solutions degree apprenticeship which runs over four years and results in a BSc Honors degree.

You'll need three A-levels at B or above and six GCSEs at grade C or above to apply.

More information here.

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BBC

The BBC has a myriad of apprenticeship schemes focusing on journalism, production, business support and of course, technology.

Within the technology umbrella itself, the BBC houses three apprenticeship schemes and five placements or graduate schemes.

You can choose between its Cyber Security Apprenticeship, Engineering Sponsored Degree Apprenticeship, and a Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship.

Find out information on all BBC apprenticeships here.

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National Grid

The National Grid's apprenticeship scheme comes in three forms, offering advanced, higher and engineer apprenticeship schemes. The National Grid provides competitive salaries, and an opportunity to get real hands-on experience.

Most programmes offer full-board accommodation and some will provide money towards a company car and mobile phone.

You can either take the 12-month course or an advanced course which is 18 months and a higher course which is 2/3 years long.

Get more information here

Royal Mail

Royal Mail

Royal Mail has a number of different technology apprenticeships which include Data Analyst, Software Developer, Junior Digital Project Manager and Business Analyst. Most of their programmes last three years and all held in various cities around the UK.

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above (including maths and English) and have achieved or expect to achieve two A levels (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

Get more information here.

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Lloyds

Lloyds Banking Group provides IT-related apprenticeships under its 'Tech Marvel' scheme. Some of the programmes on offer include Software Engineer, Software Tester, Data Analyst and Cyber Security Risk Analyst.

The application process included online assessments, interviews and an assessment centre.

You can find out more information here.

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Microsoft

Microsoft offers higher, advanced and also degree apprenticeships, and you could gain qualifications in MCTS, MCSA, MTA and MOS (to name a few) via its network of partners.

Technical apprenticeships will centre on Microsoft Windows, Windows Server, networking, fault diagnosis, IT security fundamentals, unit testing, SQL and data layer web application development (using ASP.NET MVC).

More information here.

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BT

BT offers advanced, higher and full degree-level IT apprenticeships across many different sites in the UK. The information technology apprentice scheme equips successful applicants to develop, implement, test and support BT's software applications.

BT also offers a cybersecurity apprenticeship which requires students to go to college for two weeks out of every six.

More information here.

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IBM

IBM apprenticeships range from Level 3 to Level 6 and cover a broad range of IT careers from Software Developer to Software Tester. Opportunities are located across England and salaries start at £18,000/annum.

However, you should note that you can only apply to one role at a time. Find out more information here.

Virgin Media

Virgin Media

Virgin Media offers five technology-based apprenticeship schemes; network engineer, service and install field technician, planning, legal and data analyst.

All are around 1-2 years long, salaries can range between £12,500 and £19,000 p.a.

More information here.

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