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IT and Business Services Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship Scheme

Becoming an IT professional matters 

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If learning first-hand what it takes to become a successful professional in a leading organisation matters to you. You matter to us. On our IT Apprenticeship, you’ll gain experience across a broad range of activities that will develop your key employability and industry specific skills. You’ll earn while you learn, on this structured yet flexible scheme, that allows you to set the pace and drive your own development and gain broad experience within IT.  


You need to be aged 18 or over to apply for this scheme.  

Your starting salary is £17,000 

The scheme lasts for 3 years. 

You’ll be based in: Milton Keynes. 

Start date: September 2022. 

Who you are

Fascinated by Data Analysis and Data Science and passionate about IT, you’ll be keen to get practical hands-on experience based on the theory you’ve learned so far. Possessing strong attention to detail, you’ll enjoy working as part of an innovative team and getting into the nitty gritty of analysing and interpreting data, to find solutions to real world problems. With a flair for coming up with creative solutions, you’ll be highly organised, a logical thinker and confident communicating and presenting your ideas to others.

What you’ll be doing

This is an alternative route to university. You’ll study part-time at one of Network Rail’s partnered Universities in towards a BSc (Hons). Putting your university-learned theory into practice, you’ll hone your current analytical skills and learn new ones. Part of our IT Apprentice Academy, you’ll gain vast and varied exposure. From implementing cutting-edge, innovative technologies and applications in our Digital Factory, to supporting the delivery of a significant business change initiative or working in IT Operations or Information Security. You’ll be able to learn what it means to be an IT Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Project Manager, Business/Strategic Analyst, Database Administrator or Information Security Analyst.

What you’ll get out of it

You can choose which functions you’d like to experience and tailor your programme to suit your skills, strengths and interests as well as match your study modules. Plus, your scheme manager will support you throughout your 3 years, while continuous coaching, regular progress reviews and catch ups will help you to grow academically, professionally, and personally.

At the end of the scheme, you’ll achieve an apprenticeship in Digital Skills and Technology Solutions (Data Analyst Pathway) and gain a BSc (Hons) degree.

Some of the module units of study will include: Systems Analysis & Design, Hardware & Networks, Programming Fundamentals, Introduction to Computers & Information Security, Database Administration, Planning and Project Management, Working within People & Teams, Business Analysis.

Your benefits matter

  • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays.
  • 5 volunteer days to contribute to your favourite causes.
  • Access to our employee assistance program, to help you with any finance, family, health or wellbeing issues you have.
  • Up to 75% discount on rail and underground season tickets.
  • Discounted online shopping.
  • Healthcare club membership discount.
  • Childcare vouchers.
  • Access to a range of pension and insurance schemes.
  • Two weeks paid reserve leave for members of our Armed Forces community.

The opportunities it leads to

Whilst there’s no guarantee, we expect you’ll move into roles such as IT Business Analytics, Data Analyst, Junior Business roles, covering areas from IT Project Management to IT Business Analytics.

The entry requirements

You’ll need to have achieved 5 GCSEs Grade 9-5 (including Mathematics and English) and 3 A Levels which should include 1 STEM subject. (BCC or 104 UCAS points equivalent). BTEC equivalent qualifications at Distinction* are also acceptable. General Studies A Level is not accepted for this opportunity. 

We matter to millions. You could too.

Applications are now closed

Due to the high interest in this programme, we have received enough applications for this intake . We will be accepting applications for our 2023 schemes in October 2022. To be the first to find out please register your interest below.

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