‘Whilst we have been building the IT apprenticeship market, we have noticed the accelerated growth of the UK technology sector has created demand for graduate level skills within the workplace,’ said Ben Pike, director, QA Apprenticeships. ‘Since we already have a high level of employer engagement, we believe our new degree programmes are a compelling offer for businesses as a real alternative to traditional computer science degrees.’
Working in collaboration with The University of Roehampton and The Tech Partnership, QA Apprenticeships has constructed the comprehensive BSc Digital & Technology Solutions degree that addresses the real needs of today’s technology employers by offering three flexible specialism:
• Network Engineering
• Software Engineering
• Data Analytics
Each apprentice receives one-to-one technical skills coaching in the workplace, while the formal taught content is delivered through a blended learning approach of multimedia, practical exercises and intensive workshops. The programme includes modules based upon QA’s detailed knowledge of subjects such as Big Data, DevOps, The Internet of Things (IoT), cloud technologies and bring-your-own-device (BYOD).
Apprentices from Bath based systems integrator IPL are among the first intake to learn real world IT skills on the QA apprenticeship degree programme.
Matt Hann (pictured), one of IPL’s apprentices, commented, ‘The attraction of the apprenticeship scheme was to combine a recognised degree with real workplace experience. Combining the two can be challenging, as you’re doing a full time job alongside study, but it’s incredibly rewarding and I’ve learned a huge amount from being immersed in a workplace environment every day.’
In the last five years QA Apprenticeships has kick started over 5,000 careers, and the company plans to reach the milestone of 10,000 by summer 2016.