The curiosity to learn and the conscientiousness to create a better future for IBM business and its customers – above all, these are the qualities IBM are looking for in their business apprentices.

If you want to know how a business works and how to make it better in the future, you’ve probably got what it takes.

What will my apprenticeship look like?

IBM apprenticeships last three years – giving you time to find out what goes on in every area of the business. And since the best way to learn is to get your hands dirty, you'll:

  • Manage projects.
  • Work with the HR team.
  • Find out how the operations people keep everything in sync.
  • Get IT projects up and running with the delivery team.

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What skills will I get?

It won’t be long before you’re boasting a whole new set of skills that will stand you in good stead for your career:

  • The ability to communicate with colleagues, clients and management.
  • The adaptability to change your approach based on what’s going on around you.
  • The planning and organisation skills you need to get stuff done on time, on budget, and with a minimum of fuss.

And what about qualifications?

IBM apprenticeships last for three years, but it will only take you 18-24 months to complete your qualifications. You’ll have the rest of the time to keep on developing and progressing at IBM.

You’ll come out with an OCR level 4 diploma and NVQ in business and administration – that means you’ll have the certificate to prove to all the world that you’re really good at your job.

Your training programme

Whether you follow the technical or the business route, you’ll work with:

  • A task manager to help you organise your workload.
  • An early professional manager to help you develop. They’ll work with you to come up with a direction and a plan that’s right for you, and set objectives and targets to help you get to where you’re going.
  • An IBM buddy, who’ll be an employee from another team you can share any thoughts, problems or worries with. They’ll be there to listen and give you advice.

Being part of the team

You’re new to IBM and new to the world of work. The best way to settle into your new career is to get to know your colleagues and really become part of the team.

With the IBM social club, you can enjoy weekends away and theme park trips with your new colleagues (discounted of course). And if sport is your thing, there are plenty of opportunities to play (and compete!) with your colleagues in work socials. Oh, and don’t forget the student networking events – a great chance not only to meet other apprentices like you, but graduates, more experienced colleagues and even the people in charge.

The nitty gritty

You’ll get paid of course – it’s £18,000 a year. You'll also get a total of 25 days of holiday each year, plus bank holidays.

You can also choose the employee benefits that suit you – and that includes things like a discount bike scheme, travel insurance, and private healthcare. You’ll also get a laptop and make savings at over 1,300 stores, including Apple, Tesco and John Lewis.

There are opportunities all over the country, including in Scotland, Winchester and Portsmouth. Since you'll be working with customers at their own offices, so you'll need to be happy to travel.

You will need…

You don’t need genius-level grades to get onto the IBM apprenticeship scheme, and you don’t need work experience either.

If you’ve got energy, enthusiasm and curiosity, and are willing to travel around the country to clients’ offices, there there are only a couple of academic requirements needed to get a place on the course.

2016 UCAS points and GCSE grades:

  • 5 GCSEs at A*-C, including maths and English.
  • 160 UCAS points from A-level, Scottish highers or equivalent.

2017 UCAS points and GCSE grades:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 5-9, including maths and English.
  • 64 UCAS points from A-level, Scottish highers or equivalent.

How do I apply?

You can apply in two easy steps using the buttons below:

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