Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship

Introduction

Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship is a new trailblazer apprenticeship standard designed by employers for employers with guidance from the Tech Partnership and HE providers.

The trailblazer standard is designed by leading employers from the tech sector, such as Accenture, BT, Capgemini, CGI, Fujitsu, HP, HMRC, IBM, John Lewis, Lloyds Banking Group, SSE, Thales, together with Higher Education. The best in the business for your business.

The Degree Apprenticeship develops apprentices with the skills and knowledge to work in a wide range of graduate-level tech roles including:

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Network Engineer and
  • Software Engineer

Specialisms currently in development are:

  • Project Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Business Architect
  • Service Manager

How the programme works

Apprentices learn on the job, whilst studying a BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions Degree. Once an apprentice has successfully completed their apprenticeship, they will achieve a Bachelor's degree and could register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). The degree also provides part of the educational requirements for accredited CEng status.

Fees

£27,000 payable over 3.5 years - this is inclusive of fees for the end-point assessment. For smaller businesses who will not pay the apprenticeship levy, the Government will pay 90% of the fees. Incentives are available for small employers with fewer than 50 employees when they employ an apprentice between the ages of 16-18.

All government contributions are subject to a maximum cap.

Apprenticeship Levy

To fund the increase in apprenticeships, the Government is introducing an apprenticeship levy from April 2017. The levy will amount to a 0.5 per cent tax on the wage bill for employers whose salary costs are £3 million or more each year. It should generate approximately £3 billion a year and levied funds can only be spent on an approved apprenticeship. If your business will be a levy payer, you can draw down the full cost of the apprenticeship from your Digital Apprenticeship Service account from April 2017.

Delivery

We are committed to supporting apprentices to learn whilst they earn and developed a blended learning approach to support this. Apprentices will attend a one-day induction at the beginning of the apprenticeship and 3 x five-day learning blocks at regular intervals at level 4 & 5. Level 6 is delivered via distance learning. Apprentices will also be expected to study approximately 3 hours online per module each week to supplement their face-to-face learning experience. As work-based learners, they will have the opportunity to implement and reflect on learning in the workplace immediately after they have developed the knowledge and skills.

Level 4 Learning Block 1: January Core Skills 1A Maths and Data Analysis (10 credits) Software Fundamentals (15 credits) Computer Systems Development (15 credits)
Learning Block 2: May Core Skills 1B Primary Research and Ethics (10 credits) Business Analysis (15 credits) Data and Databases (15 credits)
Learning Block 3: September Core Skills 1C Reflective Reports (10 credits) Cyber Security Fundamentals (15 credits) Network Fundamentals (15 credits)
Level 5 Learning Block 1: January Core Skills 2A Computer Architecture (10 credits) ROUTE CORE /AWARD OPTION (30 credits or 2 x 15 credits)
Learning Block 2: May Core Skills 2B Workplace Portfolio (10 credits) GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL PROJECT (30 credits)
Learning Block 3: September Core Skills 2C Information and Information Systems (10 credits) ROUTE CORE /AWARD OPTION (30 Credits)
Level 6 Distance Learning Learning Block 1 Management of Digital Resources (15 credits) Good Practice in the Digital Workplace (15 credits)
Learning Block 2 ROUTE CORE (30 credits)
Learning Block 3 PROJECT (60 credits)
Learning Block 4

Who is it for?

The Degree Apprenticeship can benefit those already working in a variety of IT roles who wish to gain a qualification or specialism, or those new to IT who want to choose a career in one of the pathways.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. Most candidates will have either A levels (or equivalent) or existing relevant Level 3 qualifications, and English, Maths and ICT at Level 2. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative.

Register your interest

For more information, contact our team on 0800 169 2148 or email apprenticeships@staffs.ac.uk

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