Unveiling data trends as a Data Analyst

Coding the future as a Software Developer

Safeguarding systems as an IT Specialist

Shaping digital strategies in Digital Marketing

Whichever path you choose, our apprenticeship programmes will equip you with the skills and knowledge to excel in the ever-evolving world of technology, and provide support to get your foot in the door with big names like Capita, Capgemini, Lidl, Cognizant, Sopra Steria or Costa Coffee.

Discover the endless possibilities of a career in Data, Digital and Tech. Apply for one of the following QA apprenticeship programmes today and embark on your journey to becoming a tech pioneer.

Data, Analytics and AI

Have you ever wondered why some apps go viral? Data Analysts are the ones who decode trends and drive tech success. They are the detectives of the digital age who uncover insights that shape the next big product or app launch.

If you’re curious, analytical, a good communicator, love maths and getting into the detail – then this is the path for you.

Our Data apprenticeships equip you with the skills to decode complex data sets, identify trends, and extract valuable insights. Become a trend explorer, driving informed decisions with data-driven precision.

Digital Marketing

Discover the secrets behind viral campaigns! Our Digital Marketing apprenticeships will help you prepare for the dynamic and fast-paced world of marketing.

Know your customers and influence their behaviour – by mastering digital campaigns.

Our apprenticeships focus on the art of strategic thinking and audience engagement. Learn how to create captivating campaigns, analyse market trends, and develop impactful digital strategies that drive results.

IT

Ever wondered how gamers stay connected? IT experts work behind the scenes as architects to ensure seamless multiplayer experiences that keep the gaming community buzzing.

You can also explore the world of IT with our apprenticeship programmes. Learn the essential skills to become an IT Specialist, safeguarding systems, and driving innovation in the digital realm.

Develop your skills in the world’s most popular technologies. From cyber security to system optimisation, become the guardian of tech excellence.

Software Development

Get behind the scenes of your favourite app, game or website – become a code creator.

Our Software Development apprenticeships turn you into a coding expert. Use your logic and creative flair to create apps, websites, games – you name it.

Learn the programming languages and frameworks that are crucial to developing cutting-edge applications. From backend systems to user-facing interfaces, become the guardian of tech excellence by coding the future.

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What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a paid job that involves studying and on-the-job training. Designed to give you work-ready skills and a nationally recognised qualification, it’s a great opportunity to learn while you earn. Plus, if a degree is your end goal, that’s perfectly achievable your degree will be debt-free, with all costs covered between us and your employer.

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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 have lived in the UK and/or EU/EEA and/or British overseas territories for at least 3 years prior to the start date of the apprenticeship.
  • 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 much do I get paid as an apprentice?

Apprenticeships pay at the very least the apprenticeship minimum wage (£6.40 per hour for 16–18-year olds; and those aged 19 or over and in their first year; and £11.44 per hour for those aged 19 or over and have completed their first year).

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 and 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.

Can I move from one employer to another but 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 any time.