Find an apprenticeship: kickstart your career in tech

Discover your potential in the digital and tech sector with a QA apprenticeship. An apprenticeship offers the chance to earn as you learn, acquiring the skills and technologies that employers are seeking today.

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How it works

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a modern, hands-on way to train for a career. It’s a full-time role involving studying and on-the-job training, giving you work-ready skills and an industry recognised qualification (up to degree level).

Apprenticeships are the perfect choice for starting your career with a leading company, a cost-effective alternative to university, or a great way to change your career path or specialise in a different sector.

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Why QA

Why start an apprenticeship with us?

More than just a learning experience

Our apprenticeships are designed to cultivate a mindset of continuous learning, growth, and development.

An apprenticeship state of mind

Get equipped not only with the skills and knowledge to excel in tech, but also with the attitude of a successful apprentice.

Get your foot in the door

Whether you want to work with global giants or local startups, our programmes offer a pathway to a successful and rewarding career.

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Proven success

Apprenticeships by the numbers

70%
feel more confident and better prepared for work-life
90%+
of QA apprentices end up in a permanent role
40k+
careers launched or transformed
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The benefits of apprenticeships

Totally debt-free

You'll be earning a salary with your employer and the training is totally free.

Flexible digital learning

Work at your own pace through a mix of virtual classrooms, online learning, and workplace application.

Hands-on practice

Try out your newfound skills in a safe environment before applying them in the workplace.

Real-time instant support

You’ll receive regular one-on-one sessions from our digital learning team to improve your skills, set objectives, and receive support and challenging learning.

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All you need to know

Is an apprenticeship right for you?

Is an apprenticeship right for you?

Our apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 or over who is eligible to live and work in the UK.

Applicants should not already hold a similar or higher qualification to the apprenticeship they are applying for. Each vacancy has unique entry requirements, so it's important to check if you meet them.

If you're interested in an apprenticeship through your employer, make sure to review their specific requirements. You can find further information about apprenticeship requirements in the FAQs section.

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Scottish apprenticeships

Discover what apprenticeship opportunities are on offer in Scotland.

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Degree apprenticeships

Take your learning to the next level with apprenticeships up to masters degree level in digital, management, and tech.

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How to find an apprenticeship

  • Apply for one of our apprenticeship vacancies – hundreds of new opportunities all across the UK are added every month. You can narrow your search via location or by keywords.
  • Fill in your details and upload a copy of your CV (optional).
  • A career adviser will review your application and give you a call if you are a good match.
  • After completing a document and ID check, you’ll create a personal profile which is an opportunity to tell employers about yourself.
  • We support you all the way. We’ll set up any interviews or assessments and help you prepare for them.
  • We’ll keep in touch about the apprenticeship job you applied for and, if any others come up that we think you’d like, we’ll let you know.
  • If all goes well… you’ll get the job and start your apprenticeship.

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We provide holistic support for apprentices through our dedicated Learner Services Team, including learner support and safeguarding.

 

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Frequently asked questions

What are the entry requirements for an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 or over. There is no upper age limit.

You must be eligible to live and work in the UK and have lived in the UK for 3 years.

You should not already have a qualification in a similar subject at the same level, or a higher level than the apprenticeship you are applying for.

How long do apprenticeships last?

Apprenticeships must last at least one year, but can last up to five, depending on the level of apprenticeship you choose. Most apprenticeships offered by QA last between one and two years.

Do I need to be good at technical subjects like maths, science, and computer studies to consider a career in technology?

No, most employers are looking for a passion for tech, and a willingness to learn. And the even better news is that there is no one type of tech person. In fact, it is an increasingly diverse, vibrant, and in-demand sector.

How many hours a week will I work as an apprentice?

As an apprentice, you will work at least 30 hours per week with your employer and undertake part-time study.

How much time do I get to study?

Apprentices must spend 20% of their working time studying for their qualification. How this is structured is up to the employer, the apprentice, and the training provider to work out.

The two common options are:

  • Four days working and one day of study per week.
  • Block release: You study for one or two weeks at a time and then work for one or two weeks at a time.

For apprentices in Scotland, we suggest that all learners are given a minimum of 2 hours per week to work on their apprenticeship portfolio. As well as this, the learner will likely attend some training courses throughout their apprenticeship programme to complement their job role and support their learning.

Do I get sick pay and holiday pay?

Yes. An apprenticeship is just another route into work and all apprentices are entitled to the same benefits as permanent employees – a salary, annual leave, and sick pay.

Is there a guaranteed job at the end of an apprenticeship?

An employer does not have to offer you permanent employment once the apprenticeship ends. However over 90% of apprentices at QA end up with a permanent role, and of course, a nationally recognised qualification.

Who chooses which training provider I study with?

Your employer will have a specific training provider that they are partnered with to deliver the apprenticeship. QA is the number one training provider for tech and digital apprenticeships in the UK.

Can I move from one employer to another and continue with my apprenticeship?

Yes. You can change jobs and continue the same apprenticeship. You won't have to start your studies all over again. However, your new employer must be providing apprenticeships already and your training provider must agree that the new employer is suitable.

When do apprenticeships start?

QA apprenticeships start throughout the year. Check out our live vacancies at any time.