You probably remember when just about every computer had the letters “IBM” in blue on the side. Not any more. And why not? Because IBM don’t make PCs any more.
There is no other company like IBM and there is no business professional like the IBMer. We are experts in nearly every technical, scientific and business field. We are citizens of,
and apply our expertise in, more than 170 countries. Yet we are united by a single purpose: to be essential. We do that by creating the most advanced technology to change how our clients work and run their businesses. And through them, IBMers change how the world works.
If you want to know who IBM are today and you’ve got 98 seconds to spare, take a look at this video:
Begin your journey at IBM with skills, not degrees! Whether you have decided to go straight into work, take a gap year before University, or are exploring your options post-education, our IBM School Leaver programmes will enable you to gain the experience, skills and contacts you need to start building a bright future. If you have the right skills, there’s a career for you at IBM. From predicting the weather to artificial intelligence in Healthcare. Our School Leaver Schemes offer a world of opportunities.
You’ll work on real projects, with real clients and real bottom-line deliverables. IBMers have the support of over 380,000 colleagues worldwide and work for leaders who reward diverse thinking and bold ideas. Our opportunities for School Leavers will give you everything you need to build a successful career.
You will need…
You will get…
- Valuable skills
To see how you could begin a career in technology or business straight from school, take a look at the IBM apprenticeships tab above – or the Gap Year tab if you like the sound of it but are not quite sure where you’re headed yet.
Oh, and don’t forget to check out IBM UK’s careers Facebook page to hear more about today’s apprentices to find out where you could be tomorrow.
Apprenticeships have changed. IBM has changed. It’s not all about bits & bytes, cloud and cognitive. Did you know you can now achieve a management accountant CIMA qualification as an IBM Apprentice? Or become a HR Consultant? Or even become a Graduate with a degree qualification? All through the Apprenticeship route.
Apprenticeships at IBM are all about picking up skills for the workplace and embarking on a long and successful career. We have your professional development in mind from the day you join us as a permanent employee. You will get lots of exposure and an experience you simply can’t get anywhere else. In addition to the day job there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in social activities and volunteering with other Apprentices, Students and Graduates.
Sound good? Here's the lowdown
- IBM apprenticeships take 3 years.
- You'll complete your qualifications in 18 months to 2 years – giving you up to 18 months to hone your newfound pro skills!
- You'll have a task manager to help you balance your workload, an early professional manager to help develop your skills, and an IBM buddy a few years ahead of you to show you the ropes.
- You'll have bags of fun at the IBM social club, which organises weekends away, theme park trips and other cool outings.
- Special networking events will help you meet and learn from other apprentices, more experienced colleagues, and even top managers.
- An IBM apprenticeship is a real job, and you'll earn £18,000 per year, and get 25 days off.
- To say thanks, IBM will reward you with benefits like a laptop, discounts and high-street stores, and travel insurance and private healthcare.
What do apprentices say?
Chris is loving his IBM apprenticeship, and his story is truly inspirational. Check out the movie:
You will need...
- 5 GCSEs A*-C / grades 5-9, including English and maths.
- 160 / 64 UCAS points from A-levels, Scottish highers or equivalent.
- To be willing to travel, as you may spend a lot of time with customers.
How do I apply?
If you’re itching to start your IBM apprenticeship application, click the button below to pick an IBM apprenticeship and apply now:
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You might be uncertain about whether to start work, complete an Apprenticeship or go to University, if that’s you and you are unsure of what to do next, the IBM Futures scheme is for you. This gap year scheme offers you an invaluable opportunity to work with a world-leading company for 12-months, broadening your horizons and giving you a head start in your career.
We offer roles in both Business and Technology and which-ever you choose we’ll give you everything you need to build the career you want, including fantastic support, training and development.
Wow! 12 months of work experience – tell me more!
There are two paths you can go down – technical or business. Whichever way you go, there’s plenty of scope to pursue your interests and get plenty of work experience – and you’ll talk about what gets you up in the morning during the application process. Whatever that may be, the focus will be on equipping you with the business and personal skills you need to excel at IBM – and in any career path.
So what will my Gap Year look like?
At the beginning of the year, you’ll spend a week with 20-30 other Gap Year students learning about the business and getting to know your new colleagues.
You’ll have your very own task manager to help you prioritise your workload, and your early professional manager will help you decide what you want to achieve during your Gap Year, and set the objectives and targets you need to get the most out of your work experience.
If you go down the technical route, you could be helping to design websites, helping to manage technical projects, diagnosing problems for customers, or developing new software or databases.
What support will I get?
The IBM Futures Gap Year is about real work experience. It's designed to give you responsibility, and the chance to use your creativity and ideas to make a difference. That doesn’t mean throwing in at the deep-end with no one to help you out!
Meeting the team
Before you even start, you’ll meet apprentices and other Gap Year students on the Facebook page for your office. And when you arrive, you’ll take part in a five-day induction, giving you the chance to meet other new starters and learn the ropes.
Keeping on track
When you start, you’ll meet your "early professional manager", who’s a bit like an IBM "mum or dad", and your task manager, who will work with you day to day.
Together, you’ll put together a personal development plan so you can get the most from your year. Every few months, you’ll sit down and review your progress with your early professional manager to make sure you’re getting valuable experience, building your skills, and taking things at the right pace.
You’ll also get ongoing feedback on your work so you can do more of what you’re doing well, and focus on areas where there’s room for improvement.
Take the business route, and you could be helping to manage projects, finding out what’s going on in the industry with market research, figuring out how to sell to new customers in marketing and sales, or keeping every part of the business joined up in the operations team.
But it's not just about work experience.
If you choose to go on to university at the end of the year, you’ll be paired up with an IBM mentor, who’ll support you throughout your academic career. And IBM will do what they can to get you into holiday placements if that’s what you want to do.
What else do I need to know?
As if all that amazing work experience isn’t enough, you’ll get paid a salary equivalent to £15,000 a year, 25 days off and your own work laptop. Do well, and you’ll receive a bursary of up to £1,000 at the end of the year to spend on whatever you want.
You’ll also get discounted theatre trips, theme park trips and trips away with your colleagues, as well as access to exclusive discounts in more than 1,200 stores. That’s not to mention all the sports and networking events you’ll be able to take part in!
How do I get onto the course?
Of course, you need heaps of passion, curiosity and energy. And there are a few academic requirements too...
2017 UCAS points / GCSE grades
You'll need 5 GCSEs at grades 5-9, including English and maths, and you'll need to have completed your two-year A-level, Scottish higher or equivalent course.
2018 UCAS points / GCSE grades
You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 5-9 or Grade C and above (including Maths and English Language) and must have completed at least 2 years in higher education (A-Levels or Equivalent), achieving at least 64 UCAS points.
Raring to go? Check out IBM's Gap Year opportunities on our site today:
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If you love the sound of what’s on offer from IBM but are going to university straight from school or college, IBM’s graduate scheme could be a great stepping stone from university to your career.
IBM’s graduate scheme catapults you into your chosen area of the business, with opportunities available in a wide range of roles:
- Business: You'll support customers in new and better ways, and help new clients benefit from IBM's services. You'll get to work in different areas of the business to see the impact of what you do from the inside.
- Consulting: IBM is all about change and improvement, and in this role you'll be at the forefront, talking to clients and figuring out ways to use new technology – like cloud computing – to solve problems better.
- Technology: If software, programming or IT is your thing, the technology grad scheme is an amazing way to stretch yourself in an environment where the only boundary is your imagination.
- Design: IBM is led by its clients, not the other way round, so its technology not only has to work, it has work seamlessly, so users feel right at home.
Visit IBM’s graduate scheme pages to find out whether this could be the right path for you.
By the way, if you’re undecided about university, check out the Gap Year tab – you could use a year’s work experience with IBM to decide whether work or university is the right step for you.
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