If you’re the sort of person who knows what cloud computing is – and we mean, really know – then this could be the apprenticeship for you.

It’s all about learning to build and fix the IT systems used by IBM’s customers all over the world.

What will my IBM apprenticeship look like?

As with everything at IBM, you won’t just follow one narrow route. You could go in a number of directions:

  • You could be building, testing and putting new IT systems into action.
  • Maybe you’ll be a field engineer, constantly on the move, fixing customers’ equipment when something goes wrong.
  • Or perhaps you're a software architect, helping clients save money through the latest developments in cloud technology.

The point is, it’s up to you! As an IBM apprentice, you’ll work with your very own “early professional manager” to come up with a plan as you progress through the course. This is about finding the direction you want to travel in, and setting the targets and objectives that will help you excel.

We think the best way to get a feel for what your IBM apprenticeship will be like is to hear from some of today’s apprentices:

What skills will I get?

Whatever path you follow, your training programme will give you the technical skills (that’s the IT stuff) – and the personal skills (like being able to communicate and work in a team) – to do your job to the very highest standard.

And what about qualifications?

IBM apprenticeships last three years, but you’ll have your qualifications within a year and a half to two years, and use the rest of the time to carry on developing.

You’ll come out with an OCR level 4 higher apprenticeship for IT, software, telecoms and web professionals. Bit of a mouthful? Well, it’s made up of two other qualifications:

  • Diploma of professional competence for IT and telecoms professionals.
  • OCR level 4 Cambridge technical diploma.

In other words, you’ll have the paperwork that proves you can do your job to the highest standard, and you’ll carry this with you for the rest of your career.

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?

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