Apprenticeship in ICT - Intermediate at West Thames College
A 2009 report into the IT and telecoms industry in the UK found that there is a need for more than 100,000 new entrants each year into IT and telecoms occupations over the next 5 years. The sector will require 20,800 new entrants each year from full-time education, but also 57,800 entrants per annum from roles in other sectors and 43,600 per annum from other sources (such as returners to work). The objective of this apprenticeship is to enable an increasing number of well-trained entrants to join the sector over the next 5 years.
Overview of units for BTEC Extended Certificate in IT
You will do the technical certificate at college, which consists of:
- Communicating in the IT industry
- Working in the IT industry
- Setting up an IT network
- IT fault diagnosis and remedy.
You will do the following units at work:
- Technical advice and guidance
- Technical fault diagnosis
- Testing ICT systems
- Working with ICT hardware equipment
- Software installation and upgrade.
For the Intermediate Apprenticeship programme, you should be 16 years or older, working in a junior ICT role within a business organisation, with a strong commitment towards gaining the skills and qualifications you need to help you progress in your career. You are required to have 4 GCSEs at grades A*-D, including English and Maths.
To successfully complete your Apprenticeship you will need to achieve the following elements:
BTEC Extended Certificate in IT. You must achieve a minimum of 30 credits to achieve this qualification. Some of these units are mandatory and some you may choose with the agreement of your employer and assessor. Your assessor will go through these units with you and your employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so you may achieve your qualification successfully. Your assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess you to ensure you meet the minimum national standards.
Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals. Most of the knowledge you will learn in the classroom in college. Some may also be delivered online and in the workplace.
Personal learning and thinking skills
Evidence will be collected to show that you have acquired the following skills: creative thinking, independent enquiry, reflective learning, self-management, teamwork and effective participation.
You do not pay to complete an apprenticeship.
On successful completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you may decide to progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship for IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals, or progress in your career, possibly taking on a more senior role with supervisory responsibilities. You may wish to pursue employment in such areas as IT technical support, software or web development, database administration, telecoms engineering or network planning.
How to apply
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