KICK-START YOUR CAREER
If you’re trying to decide between getting a job or continuing your education, an Apprenticeship can give you the best of both worlds. With a range of apprenticeships in digital technologies, it’s a great way to kick-start your career.
Scotland is home to some of the most innovative tech companies in the world.
Billion dollar businesses like SkyScanner and FanDuel are based right here in Scotland alongside a huge range of smaller sized companies and innovative start-ups. Global tech players like Microsoft and Amazon have major tech hubs here too.
Many other types of businesses also require people with tech skills including those operating in Business, Financial, Creative, Media, Energy and Health.
Scotland needs around 12,800 new people to work in technology roles every year, so there’s never been a better time to start your career in digital technologies.
There’s a wide range of apprentice jobs in the tech sector and these can lead into exciting careers role from app design, game development, cyber security to data analytics, technical engineering to social media management!
An apprenticeship gives you the unique chance to work, earn and learn. You'll get on the job training and vital experience to give your career a head start, plus you'll receive an industry recognised qualification.
SO WHERE CAN AN APPRENTICESHIP TAKE YOU?
Jobs in tech could be anything from:
Software Design and Development - Design, build, test and launch software like computer programmes, websites, mobile applications and games for people and businesses to use.
Hardware, Networks and Cloud Infrastructure - Design, set up and repair computer systems and technology networks like internet, mobile and satellite, for people to use at home and work.
Systems Management and Support - Find and fix problems with computers, systems and software to help people use them at work and home.
Cyber and Information Security - Protect computer networks and websites from attack by cyber criminals so people and businesses can keep their money and data secure.
Project and Product Management - Work with customers and business teams to manage and deliver technology projects or products to ensure they meet their needs.
Data, Analytics and Data Management - Design, develop and look after systems to store and analyse data for use by businesses, charities and public services like the NHS.
Digital Marketing - Use your creativity to help promote products, services and information to customers via the internet, mobile phones and social media.
So what are your waiting for? Find out more about apprenticeships and explore opportunities below.
Apprenticeships help you build the experience and skills that employers want and need. No matter what stage you’re at, they’ll help you get set for a bright future. And now, there are three different routes to consider.
For more information about Scottish Apprenticeships, visit www.apprenticeships.scot.
Foundation Apprenticeships (FA) are open to high school pupils in S5 and S6 and are available in 12 different subject areas as it’s the same level of learning as a Higher, you pick it as one of your subject choices. You’ll undertake college-style learning, and go out on a significant work placement with a technology employer – making it a great introduction to the world of work and apprenticeships.
Foundation Apprenticeships are available in a range of industries that have excellent job prospects. You could do a digital Foundation Apprenticeship in three different subjects:
- Creative and Digital Media
- Hardware and System Support
- Software Development
You can use your FA to apply for college or uni, you can apply for a related Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship, or you could go straight into the world of work – the choice is yours.
A Modern Apprenticeship (MA) is all about learning while you work – gaining skills and hands-on experience that employers value. With an MA, you have a full-time job, you’ll work towards an industry-recognised qualification – and you get paid too!
There are over 80 different types of Modern Apprenticeships available. These are in:
- Information and Cyber Security
- IT and Telecommunications
- Digital Marketing
- Data Analytics
- Digital Applications
To get into an MA, you apply for a job through the employer – you can check out current vacancies at www.apprenticeships.scot.
Graduate Apprenticeships (GA) are a new way for you to gain degree-level qualifications while working in a paid job. You can achieve qualifications ranging from DipHE up to Master’s degree level. The work you do for your employer counts towards your qualification, and you also spend time during your working week with a university or college.
GAs are aligned with the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, and range from level 8 up to level 11, across 9 different subjects. Currently, you could do a Graduate Apprenticeship in the following digital subjects:
- Cyber Security
- IT Management for Business
- Software Development