This Foundation Apprenticeship is designed to provide opportunities for pupils to develop the right skills and knowledge to enter into a career in IT.
The Foundation Apprenticeship in IT: Software development includes:
Example of course units include:
Pupils should have a good level of English and maths, and having taken a science subject would be an advantage. Roles in software development are suitable for pupils with an interest in design and creativity with good problem solving skills and attention to detail.
Potential apprentices are selected by their school and will undertake a recruitment process arranged by the learning provider. Employers are encouraged to get involved in this process.
Pupils will have the right skills to move from this to a Modern Apprenticeship in a digital or ICT subject; or may decide to move on to further or higher education. If you look to hire, the Foundation Apprenticeship offers you an opportunity to spot talented pupils, and assess their skills on a longer term than a regular interview process would allow.
As an employer, you can decide what level of involvement you have in the apprenticeship You can discuss this with the college or local authority you’re working with.
There’s no financial cost to you as an employer because the learner is still at school. However, the investment of your time - great or small - can bring you lasting rewards with access to talented and driven young people for your workplace.
Pupils study a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their school subjects usually over fifth and sixth year.
During this apprenticeship each pupil must complete a work placement of approximately one day a week in S6 to help them build the evidence needed to complete the units from the SVQ. It is important that pupils commence employer contact during S5 to be introduced to the employer context of digital roles and how digital skills are used in the workplace.
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