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What is an apprenticeship?

To keep it really simple, like we do here at risual, an apprenticeship is employment with training, so a person benefits from both gaining recognised qualifications alongside developing essential work based skills.  Anyone can take on an apprentice – in terms of the basics, you must pay at least the minimum apprenticeship wage, they must work with experienced staff and 20% of their working week must be off the job training for their qualifications, which we deliver and schedule for you at our regional risual academy Microsoft Showcase Classroom.

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Why would I have apprentices in my business?

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Looking to drive digital skills in your business?

risual Apprenticeships give learners the opportunity to achieve industry recognised Microsoft certifications in addition to their core academic qualifications. Industry Standard Assessors provide guidance on qualifications to meet business needs along with training delivered by industry experts.  A risual education apprentice brings access to a wealth of knowledge and digital skills, whilst helping grow the next generation of talented staff for your business.

The apprenticeship standards we provide are industry relevant and include Microsoft qualification such as:

MTA Networking Fundamentals
MTA Software Fundamentals
MTA HTML5 Java Script
MTA Mobility and Devices
MTA Cloud Fundamentals

And also the option for Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) content including the MCP Cloud Fundamentals in our specialist Microsoft Azure Apprenticeship.

As a Microsoft Learning Partner we are also able to provide Microsoft Official Courses On Demand (MOC OD) which are aligned to MCP and MCSA/E pathways to further enhance the skills of your apprentices or existing staff.  Don’t forget apprenticeships are a great way to upskill your existing staff in Microsoft certifications!

Want to know how to utilise your apprenticeship levy to grow your business?

The apprenticeship levy is paid by organisations with wage bills in excess of £3 million at a rate of 0.5% regardless of whether they reclaim funds to purchase apprenticeships.

This money goes into the organisations Digital Apprenticeship Service account and must be used within 24 months.

Non levy paying employers contribute 10% of the apprenticeship cost.

Smaller companies can still take advantage of available Government funding, this may include an employer contribution.

There are exceptions for smaller companies – companies with under 50 employees (but still under £3 million payroll) will contribute 0%.

There are incentive payments available for the recruitment of 16-18 year olds subject to status of the employer and apprentice. It is imperative that employers are engaging with apprenticeships and risual can support companies with how to manage this. Our Employer Engagement Managers can help you profile your levy spend by looking at your projected growth and future recruitment needs and planning degree level progression routes for apprenticeship starts in your organisation.

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The purpose of this apprenticeship is to train Infrastructure Technicians to work effectively within a business environment.
An Infrastructure Technician provides support to internal and external customers, helping them to be productive when using technology to do their own jobs, by using tools to problem solve and trouble shoot non-routine problems. The Infrastructure Technician sets people up on systems and provides support when they need it, rectifying issues to maintain the organisations productivity

Programme Duration

  • Minimum 15 Months
  • 20% off the Job Training
  • Work based assessment

What will I receive?

  • L3 Infrastructure Apprenticeship
  • MTA Network Fundamentals
  • MTA Cloud Fundamentals
  • Mobile and Operating Systems
  • Coding and Logic
  • Business Processes
  • Maths Functional Skills Level 2
  • English Functional Skills Level 2

Possible Employment Outcomes

  • Help Desk Technician
  • First or Second Line Support
  • IT Infrastructure Technician
  • Network Support

Progression
Advanced apprentices could progress onto a Level 4 Digital Skills Apprenticeship or other higher level qualification.

Apprenticeship Overview

The purpose of this apprenticeship is to train Infrastructure Technicians, with as specific focus on Microsoft Azure, to work effectively within a business environment running Microsoft platforms.

An Infrastructure Technician provides support to internal and external customers, helping them to be productive when using technology to do their own jobs, by using tools to problem solve and trouble shoot non-routine problems. The Infrastructure Technician sets people up on systems and provides support when they need it, rectifying issues to maintain the organisations productivity

Programme Duration

  • Minimum 15 Months
  • 20% off the Job Training
  • Work based assessment

What will I receive?

  • L3 Infrastructure Apprenticeship
  • MTA Network Fundamentals
  • MTA Cloud Fundamentals
  • Mobile and Operating Systems
  • Coding and Logic
  • Business Processes
  • Maths Functional Skills Level 2
  • English Functional Skills Level 2
  • Study towards Azure 70-533 qualification/do we give access to the online materials – I think we should – cheaper than taught sessions
  • On completion of exam 70-533 – Microsoft Azure Apprenticeship Badge

Possible Employment Outcomes

  • Help Desk Technician
  • First or Second Line Support
  • IT Infrastructure Technician
  • Network Support

Apprenticeship Overview

The purpose of this apprenticeship is to train IT Technical Salespeople to work effectively within a business environment.
The primary role of an IT Technical Salesperson is to sell a company’s technical products and services. They need a good knowledge and understanding of the portfolio of technologies that are available. They work to maintain good relationships with existing clients, gaining repeat business wherever possible from customers both internal and external, UK or internationally. They also approach potential customers with the aim of winning new business. They maintain a thorough understanding of existing technologies and those that are emerging.

Programme Duration

  • Minimum 15 Months
  • 20% off the Job Training
  • Work based assessment

What will I receive?

  • L3 IT Technical Salesperson Apprenticeship
  • Maths Functional Skills Level 2
  • English Functional Skills Level 2

Possible Employment Outcomes:

  • Sales Associate
  • Sales Consultant
  • Sales Engineer
  • Entry Level Customer Support
  • Technical Retail Assistant
  • Technical Tele Sales
  • Junior Account Manager

Progression
Advanced apprentices could progress onto a Level 4 Digital Skills Apprenticeship or other higher level qualification.

Apprenticeship Overview

The purpose of this apprenticeship is to train Software Development Technicians  to work effectively within a business environment.
The primary role of a Software Development Technician is to work as part of a software development team, to build simple software components (whether web, mobile or desktop applications) to be used by other members of the team as part of larger software development projects. They interpret simple design requirements for discrete components of the project under supervision. The approach will typically include implementing code, which other team members have developed, to produce the required component. The Software Development Technician is also involved in testing that the specific component meets its intended functionality.

Programme Duration

  • Minimum 15 Months
  • 20% off the Job Training
  • Work based assessment

What will I receive?

  • L3 Software Development Technician Apprenticeship
  • Software Development Context and Methodologies
  • Programming
  • Maths Functional Skills Level 2
  • English Functional Skills Level 2

Possible Employment Outcomes:

  • Software Development Technician
  • Junior Developer
  • Junior Web Developer
  • Junior Application Developer
  • Junior Mobile App Developer
  • Junior Games Developer
  • Junior Software Developer
  • Junior Application Support Analyst
  • Junior Programmer
  • Assistant Programmer
  • Automated Test Develop

Progression
Advanced apprentices could progress onto a Level 4 Digital Skills Apprenticeship or other higher level qualification

The purpose of this apprenticeship is to train Digital Marketers to work effectively within a business environment.
The primary role of a digital marketer is to define, design, build and implement digital campaigns across a variety of online and social media platforms to drive customer acquisition, customer engagement and customer retention. A digital marketer will typically be working as part of a team, in which they will have responsibility for some of the straightforward elements of the overall marketing plan or campaign.

Programme Duration

  • Minimum 15 Months
  • 20% off the Job Training
  • Work based assessment

What will I receive?

  • L3 Digital Marketer Apprenticeship
  • MTA HTML5
  • Maths Functional Skills Level 2
  • English Functional Skills Level

Possible Employment Outcomes:

  • Digital Marketing Assistant
  • Digital Marketing Executive
  • Digital Marketing Co-ordinator
  • Campaign Executive
  • Social Media Executive
  • Content Co-ordinator
  • Email Marketing Assistant
  • SEO Executive
  • Analytics Executive
  • Digital Marketing Technologist

Progression
Advanced apprentices could progress onto a Level 4 Digital Skills Apprenticeship or other higher level qualification.

If your apprentices does not already have a GCSE at Grade C/4 in English and/or maths they may need to complete L2 Functional Skills in Literacy and/or Numeracy.  A subject specialist at the college and the assessor will support the learner through these qualification and will inform you and your apprentice of required attendance.

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About the Course

This Apprenticeship framework provides the skills, knowledge and competence required to become an IT, Software, Web or Telecoms Professional in a wide range of job roles such as:

  • IT Technical Support
  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Database Administrator
  • Telecoms Engineer Network Planner

The Apprenticeship programme combines skills and knowledge with employment in an IT role, meaning that apprentices are paid throughout the programme. Apprentices can apply and improve their skills in the workplace to complement the instructor-led learning.

Programme Duration 

  • Minimum 12 months
  • 1 day per week in college
  • Work based Assessment  

What will I receive? 

  • Qualifications 
  • L2 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT & Telecoms Professionals 
  • L2 Diploma in IT 
  • ESW Communication L1 
  • ESW Application of Number L1  
  • ESW IT L1 

Possible Employment Outcomes: 

  • Support Technician  
  • Website Administrator 
  • Helpdesk Professional  

Progression 

L2 apprentices could progress onto a Level 3 Digital Skills Apprenticeship or other higher level qualification. 

Programme Duration 

  • Minimum 18 -24 months  
  • 1 day per week in college  
  • Work based Assessment  

What will I receive? 

  • Qualifications 
  • L3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT & Telecoms Professionals 
  • L3 Diploma in IT 
  • ESW Communication L2 
  • ESW Application of Number L2  
  • ESW IT L2 

Possible Employment Outcomes 

  • Software/Web Developer 
  • Desktop Support Engineer 
  • Network Planner 
  • Database Administrator  
  • Network Engineer 
  • Software Tester 

Progression 

L3 apprentices could progress onto a Level 4 Digital Skills Apprenticeship or other higher level qualification. 

L4 IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professional (Wales) Apprenticeship Framework 

Programme Duration 

  • Minimum 36 months  
  • 1 day per week in college  
  • Work based Assessment  

What will I receive? 

  • Qualifications 
  • L4 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT & Telecoms Professionals 
  • L4 Diploma/HND in IT 
  • ESW Communication L2 
  • ESW Application of Number L2  
  • ESW IT L2 

Possible Employment Outcomes 

  • IT Project Manager 
  • Analyst Developer 
  • IT Service Manager 
  • IT Security Analyst  
  • Network/Telecoms Manager 

Progression 

L4 apprentices could progress onto a full degree or other higher level qualification. 

L4 Data Analytics (Wales) Apprenticeship Framework  

 

About the Course 

This Apprenticeship framework at Level 4 provides the skills and knowledge to become a professional in the field of Data Analytics (which includes Big Data). The framework covers jobs in areas such as: 

  • Business Intelligence  
  • Data Warehouse ETL (Extract, Transform and Load)  
  • Data Analysis  
  • Data Modelling  
  • Data Mining  
  • Data(base) Management 

Programme Duration 

  • Minimum 24 – 36 months  
  • 1 day per week in college  
  • Work based Assessment  

What will I receive? 

  • L4 Diploma in Data Analytics 
  • ESW Communication L2 
  • ESW Application of Number L2  
  • ESW IT L2 

Possible Employment Outcomes 

  • Data Analyst  
  • Data Manager 

Progression 

Following the completion of the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship framework, successful apprentices will be able to follow up on their knowledge studies and continue on to complete full Honours degree programmes