As an IT Apprentice you will learn first-hand what is required to be a successful professional in a leading organisation.

Assisting with day to day responsibilities as well as taking on longer term projects for your team, you will gain experience in a broad range of activities that will enable you to develop both key employability and industry specific skills.

You will have the chance to earn while you learn, put into practice the theory learned at University and gain 4 years’ worth of work experience, with none of the student debt!

Salary: £17,000

Location: Milton Keynes and Manchester

Start date: Applicants must be available to start from September 2021

Who you are

If you are passionate about IT and want to get practical hands on experience based on the theory you’ve learned so far this is an ideal opportunity.

You will have strong attention to detail and enjoy getting into the nitty gritty of analysing data. You will then be able to interpret this data to offer solutions to real world problems.

You will enjoy working as part of an innovative team and have a flair for problem solving, often coming up with creative solutions.

You are confident presenting your ideas to others using your excellent communication skills.

How long is the scheme?

4 years

Where you’ll be based

Milton Keynes and Manchester

What you’ll be doing

As an alternative route to university. You will study part-time at one of Network Rail’s partnered universities in order to achieve a BSc (Hons) in the relevant discipline, spending the first 12 weeks living and studying on University campus before starting work within the organisation offering.

After that you will return to University once or twice a year for block study weeks returning to the work place to complete University assignments and gaining relevant work experience at the same time.

You’ll be based within a team in the IT department, liaising with colleagues across the organisation on a daily basis. You could be involved in anything from implementing cutting-edge, innovative technologies and applications like digital railway traffic management and accident prevention, to playing a supporting role in the delivery of a significant business change initiative to working in one of our business as usual departments (Information Security, IT Support Services)

You can expect to gain a depth of experience and a variety of challenging situations within the team you will be placed. Typical responsibilities include supporting special projects for senior leaders, preparing and delivering internal presentations or reports, analysing data, reactive work managing risks and issues. You may also be required to lead a small workstreams within larger projects and programmes and be able to learn what it means to be an IT Project Manager, Business/Strategic Analyst, Database Administrator, Information Security Analyst as well as other IT roles.

What’s in it for you? – Pay and Benefits

£17,000 starting salary with 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays. You’ll also get regular study leave.  More benefits can be found at: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/careers/benefits-and-rewards/

Entry requirements

You’ll need to have achieved 5 GCSEs Grade 9-4 (including Mathematics and English) and 3 A Levels in any subjects excluding General Studies. (BCC or 104 UCAS points equivalent). BTEC equivalent qualifications at Distinction or Distinction* are also acceptable.

What professional qualifications could you gain?

You will complete a 4-year degree-apprenticeship in Digital Skills and Technology Solutions (IT Consultancy Pathway). As part of your programme, you will gain a BSc (Hons) degree by studying part time at one of Network Rail’s partnered universities.

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

What opportunities are available at the end of the scheme?

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

Why you should choose this scheme

It’s a structured but flexible scheme that enables you to drive your own learning and gain broad experience within IT. The scheme manager is responsible for setting up your first rotational placement, but thereafter it’s up to you. You choose which functions you’d like to experience and tailor your programme to suit your skills, strengths and interests.

You will be supported throughout your 4 years via your scheme manager and a dedicated point of contact for your studies. Through continuous coaching and regular catch ups you will grow academically, professionally and personally.

Ready to make an epic career choice?

If the above sounds like you, then apply for our graduate scheme now.

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