Digital Technology

Modern Apprenticeship



This apprenticeship supports digital technology roles across different sectors. It contains 5 incorporated specialist pathways:

  • Cyber Security

  • Data Analytics

  • Infrastructure

  • IT Support

  • Software Development

It aims to enable learners to be competent users of existing, evolving and emerging digital technologies. This allows them to develop and apply practice and principles in their chosen pathway.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6.

Select Level 6 to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

Entry requirements

Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have the numeracy skills to meet the learning outcomes.

However, an employer can also consider existing workplace skills and experience, for example if someone is changing careers or upskilling. That way employers can help to open up the opportunities to more potential applicants.

Progression and development

When they complete the apprenticeship, there are many opportunities in work and further learning.

Career advancement 

Successful apprentices may progress to roles such as:

  • software developer

  • information security analyst

  • cyber security engineer

  • junior data analyst

  • service desk technician

  • infrastructure engineer

  • cloud infrastructure engineer

If they'd like to pursue further professional learning and development in a specialist pathway, this could include:

Technical Apprenticeship

Technical Apprenticeship in Digital Technology at SCQF Level 8

Graduate Apprenticeships

Undergraduate programmes 

Successful apprentices may progress to undergraduate study in Software Development, Cyber Security or Data Science.

Important information  

Please read the Occupation Profiles for:

These gives a detailed description of the work situations routinely carried out in engineering roles at this level. 

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?

We expect this apprenticeship to take 12 to 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

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

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