NEW Professional IT Apprenticeships Launching September 2017

We are partnering with Quanta Training Ltd to introduce four new specialised IT apprenticeships; Software Developer, Software Tester, Network Engineer and Infrastructure Technician. These will be addition to our existing IT, Software, Web and Telecoms apprenticeship.

New IT apprenticeship standards to develop the skills you need

The four new IT apprenticeships will follow standards that have been developed by groups of employers nationally, to ensure the learning matches the requirements of the job. They have been designed to upskill existing staff members, as well as train new recruits.

Software Developer

This apprenticeship is for people in a web development, application development, mobile app development, games development or software development role.

The apprenticeship will develop competences including:

  • Software development lifecycle and methodologies
  • Writing code in at least one language and creating a user interface for at least one channel
  • linking code to databases
  • Problem solving, testing code and analysing results to correct errors
  • Design: creating data models and software designs
  • Analysis: understanding and creating basic analysis artefacts
  • Deployment: building, managing and deploying code into enterprise environments
  • Applying maths (algorithms, logic and data structures) in software development

Apprentices will work towards a BCS System Development Essentials qualification as well as a Microsoft Certified Professional qualification (MCP) or certified qualification in a language such as C++, PHP or Hadoop as part of their apprenticeship.

Once completed successfully the apprentice is recognised for entry on to the register of IT Technicians confirming SFIA Level 3 professional competence.

Software Tester

This apprenticeship is for people in a software tester/ software test analyst role.  Testers typically design and prepare test plans and conduct software testing.  They will have a good understanding of the software lifecycle and software development practices.

The apprenticeship will develop competences including:

  • Implementing software testing procedure
  • Reviewing software requirements and specifications for functionality and security
  • Designing simple test strategies for non-complex projects
  • Analysing test requirements and designing and preparing test plans
  • Developing and collecting represented and realistic test data
  • Conducting a range of different software testing types
  • Accurately recording the outcome of test activities and maintaining accurate records and reports
  • Assessing test results against expected results
  • Presenting and communicating results effectively
  • Operating the organisation’s software testing tools effectively following procedures
  • Complying with relevant legislation
  • Completing allocated tasks in accordance with the organisations reporting and quality systems
  • Operating within service level agreements

Apprentices will work towards an International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB) Tester (Foundation Level) qualification as part of their apprenticeship.

Once completed successfully the apprentice is recognised for entry on to the register of IT Technicians confirming SFIA Level 3 professional competence.

Infrastructure Technician

This apprenticeship is for people in a help desk technician, first or second line support, IT infrastructure technician or network support role.

The apprenticeship will develop competences including:

  • Communications:
  • IT Security
  • Remote infrastructure
  • Data
  • Problem solving
  • Workflow management
  • Health and safety
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive

Apprentices will work towards a Microsoft certified professional (MCP) CompTIA CCNA CISCOITIL qualification as part of their apprenticeship.

Once completed successfully the apprentice is recognised for entry on to the register of IT Technicians confirming SFIA Level 3 professional competence.

Network Engineer

This apprenticeship is for people in a network technician, network engineer, system engineer or network administrator role.

The apprenticeship will develop competences including:

  • Designing simple networks from a well-defined specification
  • Installing and configuring network components
  • Optimising the performance of the network systems and performance
  • Applying diagnostic tools and techniques to identify the causes of network problems
  • Applying structured approaches to troubleshooting network issues
  • Undertaking systems upgrades to network hardware, software and operating system 
  • Integrating network related software into existing systems
  • Interpreting written requirements and technical specifications
  • Logging and responding to network service calls
  • Documenting work done in accordance with agreed procedures
  • Operating within the parameters of service level agreements
  • Operating effectively in the business environment

Apprentices will work towards professional CCNA, CISCO, MCP and CompTIA qualifications as part of their apprenticeship.

Once completed successfully the apprentice is recognised for entry on to the register of IT Technicians confirming SFIA Level 3 professional competence.

We are extremely pleased to be launching these four new apprenticeships. There are some fantastic organisations in the county that need skilled developers and technicians – these apprenticeships will help deliver the skills they need
Angela de Gandy, Head of Business Development, Gloucestershire College

Enquire about our new professional IT apprenticeships today

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Gloucestershire College are the leading provider of apprenticeships in the county, training more than 1000 apprentices at more than 650 organisations each year. We are a career focused college that educates motivated and ambitious students and provides employers with specialised commercial services and support in a nurturing and progressive environment that benefits both the economy and the community.

 

We work in partnership with businesses, helping them to achieve their own commercial objectives by providing exceptional apprenticeship programmes, a comprehensive range of staff training and skills development courses and access to an unrivalled resource of motivated and work ready employees.

 


Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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