QA Apprenticeships, the spark which lights the IT flame

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

You broke my heart, Fredo

Web Applications is proud to announce it will soon be involved with the QA Apprenticeships.

QA is a top IT training provider for the UK and has been working with Microsoft to initiate an Advanced Microsoft IT Apprenticeship programme full of industry-recognised qualifications. The programme lasts nine to ten months, beginning in March, April or May depending on location. The apprenticeship will involve hands-on technical experience in the workplace and extensive training provided at QA’s leading academy. Apprentices will work towards a number of industry recognised qualifications whilst earning a salary of £100 per week. Web Applications will be taking part in this apprenticeship scheme, enrolling at least two apprentices a year.
Application cut-off date for a QA Apprenticeship this year is April 12th. Once they have received applicants’ CVs, QA will conduct the first round of interviews and give the applicants a series of assessments. After these beginning stages are complete, QA will refer a number of candidates to Web Applications (among many others) to interview personally, selections are made and the programme begins shortly after. Apprenticeships involve both training and hands-on work experience, and so the first three weeks of the apprenticeship are spent in training to provide a foundation of knowledge. Training is done at the QA Academy in Manchester, though there are a number of other sites in London, Slough, Leeds and Birmingham. The training provided by QA is fully funded by the government for 16-18 year olds. Applicants must have a C in at least five GCSEs to be considered.

We are really excited to gain these apprenticeships and the plan is to have the apprentices graduate into full time work with us once they’ve completed their programme. These apprenticeships are not going to impact our involvement with work experience participants; rather it will be in addition to them. The timeline for QA involves a whirlwind process, with only about two weeks between the last day to submit a CV and the beginning of the programme, which suggests that QA has a phenomenal recruitment team. From the start date the students begin in-depth technical training and then ease into a training/work alternating schedule. The training will be held on site at the QA Academy in Manchester. It is really a great programme for the apprentices; upon successful completion of the programme each participant will have six highly valued IT qualifications and a good chance to be offered a transition into full-time employment. Web Applications fully expects this to be an ongoing partnership, continuing long after this first year.

The qualifications that apprentices earn include:

  • Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS)

  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)

  • CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications

  • City & Guilds Diploma and Certificate

  • Essential Skills for Apprentices

  • Business and IT Sales Certificate

 

So if you or someone you know is considering an apprenticeship in IT, make sure to get in touch with QA for more information. You can find out some more about Web Application’s involvement and how to apply in our