Higher Level ICT Apprenticeship Pilot

The Apprenticeship…

South West College is delighted to launch this innovative higher level ICT apprenticeship pilot which will run for two years. This Department for Employment and Learning funded initiative has been developed in conjunction with Microsoft providing employers with the opportunity to up skill their employees. This two year programme gives participants the opportunity to achieve Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist Training alongside a Foundation Degree in Computing and a Level 4 diploma in ICT Professional competence whilst being in paid employment from day one.

“It is through innovative initiatives like South West College’s Pilot Higher Level Apprenticeship in ICT that companies can partner with educational organisations to meet the skills shortage that hinder growth and innovation: Microsoft is proud to be working with South West College to ensure every participant has the opportunity to enhance their specialist skills in ICT that will surely lead to gainful and exciting career opportunities”  – Tom Jackson Microsoft Education Business and Programme Manager NI.


This innovative higher level ICT apprenticeship pilot programme provides opportunities for training and career development in the following pathways…

  • Desktop Support
  • Infrastructure Support
  • Server Support
  • Software/ Web developer
  • Software Programmer
  • Cloud developer

Employer Benefits?

  • Funded training to include a Foundation Degree in Computing, NVQ Level 4 in ICT Professional Competence and a Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist
  • Effective method of developing the skills, knowledge and experience required to meet your business needs.
  • An employer incentive of up to £750 is available on the successful achievement of the full Higher Level ICT Apprenticeship framework.


For further information on the higher level ICT apprenticeship pilot programme and for application forms please contact…

Laura at South West College on…
0845 603 1881 ext.3703 or



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