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This Technical Apprenticeship is suitable for employees who have completed the SCQF level 5 or 6 SVQ Modern Apprenticeship in IT and Telecommunications, or who have equivalent qualifications or experience. It provides the skills and knowledge required to become an IT or telecoms professional across a number of areas.

The qualification

SCQF level 8

Your apprentice will study for the Diploma for Information Technology and Telecommunications Professionals at SCQF Level 8.

Entry requirements

Candidates for this Technical Apprenticeship don’t need any prior experience or qualifications, but extensive previous experience or relevant industry training or certification is strongly recommended.

Progression and development

On completion, your employees can progress to management, consultancy or other senior positions across the following areas:

  • IT consultancy
  • System operation
  • System management
  • Software developer
  • Web developer
  • Database architect
  • Telecoms engineer
  • Network planning and control
  • Systems architecture

Apprentices could also choose to take up further study — such as an honours or master’s degree — that could lead to membership and recognition by a professional body.

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

See training contribution calculator below to determine funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

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Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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