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Information Technology Qualification (ITQ) at Nextstep Training Limited

Course description

The IT User Apprenticeship offers the opportunity to develop excellent IT user skills that will give a good foundation for any type of role that includes dealing with computers in any type of industry. You will be employed and have regular day release to build your portfolio and access tutor support. Your work will include a range of IT user activities which will enable you to select units relevant to your role, for example, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, creating a web page, preparing a presentation to name a few. A person with good IT skills is essential in most business. IT is an increasingly important area, and whatever role you take you will be part of a fast-moving, ever-changing sector.

Course content

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and you gain practical skills from the workplace.

You will attend classroom for one day to gain the underpinning knowledge that you need to build up your skills in a IT User role.  The classroom based courses are more generic to enable you to gain a general knowledge of this role.  These courses are assessed through formal practical assessments at the end of each unit/subject.

In the workplace you will work with an assessor to gain a work-based qualification. This will enable you to demonstrate your competence in a practical way.  You will gather evidence into a portfolio and your assessor will advise and guide you in this and will then assess that you have met the criteria in each area of competence.

You do need to be employed in a role that requires you to use IT as a main part function (but not necessarily solely) in your work to become an IT Application Specialist apprentice. The apprenticeship is a partnership between you, the employer and NextStep Training as a training provider. The IT Application Specialist apprenticeship has a combined knowledge and competency qualification.



What Will I Study?

The apprenticeship is made up of the following components:

  • Employment in an appropriate job role
  • ITQ IT Users Skills BTEC Diploma – Level 2 or 3 – workplace assessment/classroom based
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities – workplace assessment/classroom based
  • Functional Skills English Level 1 or 2 – classroom based
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 1 or 2 – classroom based
  • Functional Skills ICT Level 1 or 2 – classroom based


Portfolio of evidence

Further information

Staff, are trained to a national Vocational Qualification (NVQ) level 2. Staff, are trained in the specific skills they need to do the job you require. Flexible training can incorporate software systems relevant to your existing business. Better-trained staff means greater efficiency and productivity from your workforce. Better-trained staff are more likely to show loyalty to the growth and development of your business. Independent assessment-training-assessment means the qualification is tailored exactly to your business’ unique needs. It also means you can monitor your employee’ progress at any time.


Apply online, or walk into our Training Centre, click here for details of our locations or phone: 0207 247 5497 and we will organise funding for you. As the course is based at your workplace, there are no fixed start dates and so you can start whenever you are ready.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nextstep Training Limited directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2016

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