This is a broad-based Modern Apprenticeship, allowing some scope for specialisation in structured data processing or multimedia applications. The qualified apprentice will be able to troubleshoot and solve problems using a range of different application software packages as appropriate to the business context in which they are working.
Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6. Their qualification will include:
Mandatory units and optional units
Enhancements: office applications and industry specific units
Diploma in Digital Application Support at SCQF Level 6
There are no specific qualifications required for entry on to the apprenticeship framework, however, many employers require good (A-C) Higher passes in English and Maths in order to directly enter a level 3 Modern Apprenticeship. Prospective apprentices who have achieved a Standard Grade A-C in Maths and English will be exempt from completing the corresponding Core Skills in Numeracy or Communications, if these were gained within 5 years of beginning the MA.
Progression and development
On completion of the MA, candidates may progress into careers in the industry sector in which they are based or choose to specialise further and pursue a career as an IT professional.
Following the completion of the Modern Apprenticeship, candidates should be able to achieve positions in areas such as:
IT application helpdesk and support
Website development or publishing
Candidates may wish to progress to National or Higher Qualifications in a related subject area, such as:
Higher Apprenticeship (SCQF 8) for IT and Telecoms Professionals, with specialism in Web design and development, Digital marketing, Data analytics or Application helpdesk and user support
Full time education at College or University (HND or degree courses)
How does it work?
Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.
Cost and funding
We contribute towards training costs
We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.
The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.
An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 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 your business needs.
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 encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.
How long will it take?
It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.