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Qualification

Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) or Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) in IT Applications Specialist

Entry requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You will also need 3 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English (grade 4) for the Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2). For the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) you will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A-C including IT, Maths and English (grade 4) or a Level 2 Diploma in an associated subject area and/or at least one year minimum industry experience.

Duration

Each level takes a minimum of one year to complete. Apprentices attend College one half day per week and work for their employer the remainder of the time.

In the future we aim to offer this qualification via distance learning using various modes (video training etc.). There may be an occasion when you will be asked to attend College for a tutorial on a subject which will be discussed in the programme.

Why IT User?

Over 70% of jobs now require IT skills and making the most of technology is the single most important step employers can take to improve productivity and efficiency in their business. One in ten employers consider there to be gaps in the skills of their IT Users, particularly at advanced level, and over the next 5 years employers are anticipating rapid development of new technologies to support business process management.

This Apprenticeship provides the student with the competence, skills and knowledge to work effectively and efficiently with IT systems, communication and productivity tools and software applications.

What will I study?

Intermediate Level 2 NVQ Diploma in IT Applications Specialist

Mandatory units: 

• Improving productivity using IT
• Understanding the potential of IT
• Developing personal and team effectiveness using IT

Optional units include:

• Image software
• Presentation software
• Spreadsheet software
• Word Processing software
• Using the Internet
• Internet safety for IT users


Advanced Level 3 NVQ Diploma in IT Applications Specialist

Mandatory units:

• Improving productivity using IT
• Understanding the potential of IT
• Developing personal and team effectiveness using IT

Optional units include:

• Database software
• Website software
• Spreadsheet software
• Word processing software
• IT security for users

Additional study

• Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT
• Employee Rights & Responsibilities

How will I be assessed?

For the NVQ you will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability, including a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments, projects and written tests.

The Technical Certificates are assessed using both practical and written tests.

The Functional Skills are assessed through online tests.

What could it lead to?

After achieving the Intermediate Apprenticeship in IT User skills, most employees will have the opportunity of further professional development within their company, in some cases leading to promotion.


York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.
To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Unit:
Tel: 01904 770368
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Chloe Proctor

Chloe Proctor joined Scarborough based guitar retailer, Guitar Galleries Ltd, as an apprentice IT specialist, and has gone from strength to strength while there. She tells us her story.

“I’m in charge of making sure all of our guitars and amplifiers have good quality photographs and product descriptions on our website, and I chose the apprenticeship because the subjects and criteria within it will further my knowledge of the role,” says Chloe.

“I want to learn more about website developing, videos and graphics and I also do a lot of administration and accounting, and some social media. This apprenticeship covers all of that too.

“I like the fact that I can work full-time and yet still further my education, and being able to do all of the work from home or the workplace is really convenient. My tutor is really helpful, and only on the other end of an email! It’s nice and relaxed too, I never feel too snowed under with work; I feel like I’m definitely learning a lot from this course.”

Chloe says she intend to complete this Level 3 Apprenticeship then move on to a Level 4 qualification. “I want to gain this qualification so I am properly prepared for future careers, as well as getting better at my current job.”

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Team:

Tel: 01904 770368
Email: employers@yorkcollege.ac.uk

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