The National Skills Academy for IT, which is led by e-skills UK, is currently developing the following apprenticeship programmes, in conjunction with employers of all sizes, from SMEs to multinationals companies. Find out more below about the programmes and how to get involved.
Sector-managed apprenticeship programme
Supported by the Government’s Growth and Innovation Fund, we are undertaking a project to put employers at the heart of assuring both the delivery quality and content of the training that Advanced (Level 3) apprentices receive. We want SMEs to be able to benefit from world class apprenticeship programmes.
Working with a wide range of employers, we are defining specifications for apprenticeships in a number of ‘in-demand’ job roles. Complementing this, we are, in partnership with BT, piloting a new approach to delivery where BT, as a leading employer with highly respected apprenticeship programmes, is helping to establish new standards for apprenticeships and overseeing delivery quality. BT has, in turn, carried out a selection process to identify a suitable training delivery partner for the project. NITP was selected and will deliver training through its 10 further education college-based academies.
From this project, and other work e-skills UK is undertaking, we are developing specifications for National Skills Academy for IT Gold Standard Apprenticeships at Advanced Level. These are being piloted through this project and are expected to become available for wider implementation mid 2013.
Higher level apprenticeship programme
Higher apprenticeships combine the academic rigour of university and college education with practical, employer-defined training. They can lead to Foundation and Honours degree level qualifications.
With Higher Apprenticeship Fund support, we are aiming to increase the uptake of higher apprenticeships in the IT sector, creating a viable alternative to traditional graduate recruitment, by enabling employers to attract talented individuals at an early age and train them to suit their business needs.
Value added Apprenticeships
Enabled by the Government’s Employer Investment Fund, e-skills UK is developing a package to add value to existing apprenticeships. This will include activities such as events, learning support materials and lectures from core technology and business role models. There may also be the chance to visit some of the nation’s leading technology centres.
The programme will be designed with sector employers, to identify the enhancements needed to improve apprentices’ personal development, skills and knowledge. Employers can benefit from motivated IT apprentices on their staff with a wider appreciation and understanding of the business sector.
Again enabled by the Government’s Employer Investment Fund, e-skills UK is developing the concept of pre-apprenticeships further – creating an inspiring and practical education course for 16-19 year olds, which leads directly to IT apprenticeships. This will encourage more young people to enter IT through vocational pathways, by giving them the sector knowledge and technical and business skills that employers need from new apprentice recruits.
Working with an employer steering group, we will define the most valuable learning content that supports entry into apprenticeships and is matched to sector-defined employment entry criteria for young people.