INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT) AS A CAREER
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is integral to almost all economic and social activities. Industries across the career spectrum and around the world depend on computer networking to keep employees connected and business flowing.
22 million UK employees use IT in their daily work
1.2 million people are employed in the IT workforce:
• 597,000 in the IT industry itself and
• 650,000 IT professionals work in other industries
IT is a field of tremendous variety, so when considering our training programmes, we have to target particular sectors. Typical job roles available to IT Apprentices as they develop their careers, depend upon the apprenticeship pathway they have selected:
• IT Professional
• IT Application Specialist
IT PROFESSIONAL APPRENTICESHIPS
These apprenticeships suit those candidates who would like to make a career designing, maintaining, upgrading IT systems and supporting users of IT/ICT resources. Typically they would expect to work as part of a professional IT team in a larger organisation or alternatively, for a smaller specialist IT company.
IT APPLICATION SPECIALIST APPRENTICESHIPS
These apprenticeships also have a significant IT content but are primarily aimed at those people who expect to use IT as an everyday tool in a non-technical IT job role. Apprentices will be trained to a high standard of competence and it is envisaged that some will progress into a position where they can give advice on selecting applications for a particular task. An application specialist apprenticeship may also suit someone wanting to move into a service desk role, although in this case we would recommend the IT Professional route.