What are digital apprenticeship standards?


A digital apprenticeship standard is an apprenticeship training programme that covers a range of specialist areas within the IT and tech industry. This includes working with IT hardware, software, network, cloud and infrastructure in IT support specific roles such as help desk support or as a Network Engineer. Other programmes include Cyber Security to train as a Cyber Security Technician or Technologist to provide first line cyber security support and protect the organisation from attacks as well as unauthorised access. Another area covered is Digital Marketing for roles utilising website and social media platforms to design, build and implement effective online campaigns.


What types of IT and Cyber Apprenticeship do you offer?


Learn more about the IT and Cyber apprenticeships we offer in this article.

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What is the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS)?


The Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) provides employers with access to the government portal to set up an account to be able to access funding, choose which apprenticeships they would like to offer, pick their apprentices and pick the training provider which suits their needs the best. By using this service, they can offer new positions whilst focussing on quality and encouraging diversity and mobility.


What is the apprenticeship levy?


The apprenticeship Levy is something which large employers who have a payroll of over £3 million will pay into and then these funds will be able to be used to train new apprentices.


Who qualifies as an apprentice?


Anyone who has the ambition and motivation to learn new skills whilst also gaining real-life work experience at the same time can qualify as an apprentice. They can be of any age over 16, so long as they are learning a specific role / trade from a skilled employer and have agreed to work for a fixed period at an agreed apprentice wage. Apprentices can be recruited as new members of staff or can be existing employees where the apprenticeships can be used to upskill and retrain the existing workforce.


Can I train current employees on an apprenticeship?


Yes, many companies use the apprenticeship scheme to upskill current employees. You can access funding and tailor the apprenticeship to suit your requirements. Use the contact form to talk to one of our expert advisors.


Who can deliver apprenticeship training?


Dedicated and specialist training providers which have entered into an ESFA apprenticeship agreement will be able to provide funded apprenticeship training. The main providers will need to ensure that the training meets local, regional and national priorities.


How much should an apprentice be paid?


This is dependent on the age of the apprentice and the type of contract the employer gives the apprentice. If they are currently employed full time, then they would continue to receive their normal wage. If they are hired as a new apprentice, then for the first 12 months they will be paid the national minimum rate for an apprentice wage and then after this move up to national minimum wage for their age group. For information regarding the current rate, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/become-apprentice/pay-and-conditions


How do I recruit an apprentice?


The employer will first choose an apprenticeship and find an appropriate apprenticeship training organisation who offers this. They would then need to check what funding is available for this training before advertising the apprenticeship. Once this has been done the employer can then recruit and select their apprentice from the list of candidates on the government website.


How many hours a week does an apprentice work?


Apprentices can work for a minimum of 30 hours a week and a maximum of 40 hours a week.


Do apprentices qualify for holiday and sick pay?


Yes, apprentices are entitled to holiday pay and other employee rights as part of their employment.


Can I bring in more than one apprentice?


Yes, there is no specific limit to the number of apprentices an employer can take on as long as the employer has identified a specific need for such roles within the business.


What support do I get?


You will receive support from start to finish throughout the whole process. We can assist with finding and matching up the candidates to the offered apprenticeship role you choose, and we will also understand your individual needs well enough to advise which apprenticeship may benefit your business the best. We can support and advise on funding as well as the apprentice’s progress throughout the course length. On completion, we can also provide information and support regarding potential progression opportunities.