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ICT Practitioner: Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship at NESCOT

Course description

Apprenticeships are a popular choice for people aged 16 or above, looking for on the job training and the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst earning a wage.  Most of your training will be directly linked to the career you have chosen, gaining practical experience in the workplace.

Course content

An ICT Professional Apprenticeship will set you on the right track for a successful career in IT and Telecoms. Apprentice’s will cover the fundamentals of installing, maintain and developming  ICT  systems.

Where possible staff from the College will help you find an employer and place of work, although students who are already employed are welcome to apply if sponsored by their employer.  Your offer of Apprenticeship training will be dependent on work places being available.

To gain the full apprenticeship you will work towards the following qualifications:

  • Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals (QCF)
  • Functional Skills qualification in English
  • Functional Skills qualification in mathematics
  • Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles (QCF)
  • Subsidiary Diploma in IT (QCF)
  • Extended Diploma in IT (QCF)
  • Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles (QCF)

Entry requirements

Whilst your technical skills and knowledge will develop over the course of your Apprenticeship you will also need to demonstrate to potential employers that you possess the relevant skills and personal qualities and are willing to work and learn.

Employers will look for:

Good communication skills
Reliable, flexible and good timekeeping
Ability to work in a team as well as on your own initiative
Enthusiastic and willing to learn
You will need a CISCO IT Essentials Certificate.
To begin this course you must be eligible to work within England or the European Economic Area (EEC) and be employed for a minimum of 30 hours in a relevant job role and be able to attend college on a part-time basis. Your employer must commit to supporting you throughout your apprenticeship and provide on-the-job learning as well as your college based off-the-job learning.

If you do not have an employer to support your apprenticeship the college will support you to find an employer through our dedicated employer support team. 

You will also need to have achieved GCSEs at grade A* - C (or comparable qualification) in English, maths and ICT. Under special circumstances, the college could consider a grade D.  Please note, you may also be required to undertake an initial assessment prior to enrolment in order to assess your current level of English, maths and ICT. Your interviewer will discuss with you want minimum level you will need to achieve at initial assessment.  

Additionally, if you have already obtained a level 4 or above qualification then you will not be eligible for apprenticeship funding. Individuals who already have a qualification at level 4 or above are only eligible for funding for a higher apprenticeship at level 5 or above.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this Apprenticeship this course will prepare you for employment as an IT operations technician. You could also progress to onto the HNC In Computing, CCNA3,CCNP or Microsoft MTA.

Whilst your technical skills and knowledge will develop over the course of your Apprenticeship you will also need to demonstrate to potential employers that you possess the relevant skills and personal qualities and are willing to work and learn.

Potential career routes in the Computing industry:

  • Audio visual technology
  • Business administration
  • Business management
  • Consultant
  • Customer service
  • Data analyst
  • Database programmer
  • Games developer
  • Helpdesk
  • Network installation
  • Programmer
  • Security expert
  • Software developer
  • Support technician
  • System analyst
  • Web designer

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact NESCOT directly.

Last updated date: 30 August 2016
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