With IT and digital apprenticeships now a popular starting point for careers in the industry, we take a look at leader provider, Arch Apprenticeships.
Want to be part of the IT and digital workforce of the future?
Arch Apprenticeships is one of the biggest providers of young digital and IT talent into industries in the UK. Launched in August 2012, its apprenticeship scheme has helped over 1000 school leavers start their careers in companies such as Google, Facebook, The Guardian, Barclays, John Lewis and Waitrose, as well as agencies, IT firms, charities and public bodies.
What could you do?
Would you like to come up with creative ideas for social media campaigns? Keep servers running smoothly? Look at how people use websites to improve future design? Design databases? Produce digital content? Manage projects or support customers? Then a digital and IT apprenticeship could be for you. Choose from:
- Digital marketing
- Web design
- Web development
- IT and business
- Business admin
- Customer service
Each apprenticeship lasts 13 months and combines on-the-job training with five weeks’ study – either remote learning or in one of the Birmingham, Manchester or London classrooms, depending on the course.
Apprentices are each assigned an adviser who liaises with the apprentice’s line manager and visits the apprentice in the workplace.
Recently awarded Ofsted Outstanding in all areas, Arch apprenticeships partner with organisations and provide qualifications from Microsoft, CompTIA and Squared Online (the digital marketing qualification developed with Google) to deliver training of the highest quality.
And with 94% of its apprentices going on to a destination of their choice on finishing their training, it’s an apprenticeship with a future.
What makes a good apprentice?
“Employers constantly tell us that a great apprentice is someone who shows passion and enthusiasm for what they are doing,” says Arch co-founder Ben Rowland, and this is particularly important when the pace of change is so fast, “The ability to learn on the job is an essential skill for anyone who wants to work in IT or digital, so an apprenticeship – where you get stuck in straight away – provides excellent grounding for a career in the industry.”
Who’s behind it all?
Arch itself is a success story – set up by IT and business software and services provider Agilisys to deliver its own apprenticeships, they soon recognised the demand in the market, so extended the scheme to include other companies. Arch remains an employer-provider, with many of its staff having started out on its apprenticeship scheme.
Sounds good – how can I get involved?
Arch posts around 100 live apprenticeship jobs each month – keep a look out and apply directly through their website.
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