- Each apprenticeship programme will have certain entry criteria for GCSE or A-Level grades but industry experience is also taken into consideration
- Complete a pre-screen interview at Gloucestershire College
- Pass BKSM Maths and English assessment
- Employers will have the final decision for which apprentice they employ so you may have to take part in an interview or applicant selection day
- Reference from your computer science teacher / work experience placement
- Work Experience, click here to find work experience opportunities
- CyberFirst Schools Industry E-mentoring, click here to find opportunities
Step 1 – Write your CVThe purpose of your CV is to summarise yourself to a potential employer, therefore there is certain key information that you need to include following a similar structure as below.
- Name, address and contact details
- Personal Profile
- Work experience/skills and hobbies
Step 2 – Register for an apprenticeship programme with Gloucestershire CollegeGloucestershire College has a fantastic range of apprenticeships on offer. Explore the programmes available and apply online via their website so their apprenticeship team has your details and can support you to find an employer. Click here to apply for your programme of choice, or get in touch with their friendly apprenticeship team if you aren’t sure which pathway is right for you via:[email protected]. Once you have applied for a programme with Gloucestershire College, you can then start to look for an employer.
Step 3 – Pre Screen interview at Gloucestershire College and BKSB maths and English assessmentThe apprenticeship team at Gloucestershire College will invite you for an interview – either in person or online, to make sure an apprenticeship is the right fit for your career ambitions. It’s also a great opportunity to ask any questions and get top-tips for finding an employer. Your maths and English assessments can be completed online once you have completed your pre-screen interview.
Step 4 – View the apprenticeship opportunities avaliableThe apprenticeship opportunities tab details a range of companies that are currently offering apprenticeships in the region. Gloucestershire College has a live apprenticeship vacancies section on their website, or you can search the government website for all apprenticeship opportunities in the country.
Step 5 – Think about creating a Linkedin Account to connected with the local community!The minimum age is 16 to create a Linkedin account. But if you’re over 16 it is a great way to start connecting with business leaders and see what exciting developments and opportunities organisations have.
Step 6 – Research the company / companies you are interested inBefore you apply for an apprenticeship, it’s important to do your research. This will help you to understand more about the company you are applying to and will allow you to ask important questions during your interview to make sure you choose the right opportunities for your career. The more research you do before your apprenticeship starts, the more you’ll be able to engage in conversation with the people you will be working with. It will also help you create a good first impression. In many cases, apprenticeships often end up resulting in successful careers, so if you enjoy your time there, bear in mind that your efforts could help you secure a permeant full-time job with the company in the future. If you have a dream company in mind to work for but they currently don’t have any apprenticeship vacancies advertised, try contacting them with your CV and a stand out cover letter!
Step 7 – Write your cover letterWriting a cover letter is an essential part of almost every job application. A cover letter is necessary even when applying for an apprenticeship. It is an opportunity to sell your skills and abilities. The cover letter needs to detail why you are interested in this specific placement and how it will support your future studies and career. Do not create a generic cover letter and send to multiple companies. Spend time making it applicable to the company you are applying for.
Step 8 – Ask your teacher /employer for a referenceYour teacher / employer will be able to provide a reference to support your application.
Step 9 – Apply to the apprenticeship placementBefore you apply for the apprenticeship vacancy you want, make sure to check your CV and cover letter – asking a teacher or family member is always a good idea.
Step 10 – Selection processSome companies might ask you to attend an interview to get to know you more and to ensure you will be getting the best experience, perhaps even tailor the experience more to your interests or skills. This is a good opportunity to ask any questions as well. If it’s your first interview, it’s normal to feel nervous but don’t worry, we can help you feel prepared. Check out Gloucestershire Colleges Apprenticeship Guide for more information.
Step 11 – You got it!Congratulations, you got the job! The company will be in contact with you and your training provider to discuss next steps. Well done! Well done!
“Our apprentices have gradually taken on responsibility of core business functions that has enabled us to do more. They help us fill skills gaps with their enthusiasm and willingness to learn and provide a fresh, new perspective on work and undertake exciting projects that get the whole team interested!”Ben Griffin, Director Infrastar
“Being a Degree Apprentice is hard work, but is also fulfilling. Helping to expand my opportunities now and in the future.”Liam Wrenne, Infrastar Apprentice
“Life as an apprentice for me has changed over the few years I have been one; in the sense that it’s made me get better as a person each, and, every day. Constant engagement between College and Work has made me to develop skills today that I never I would have yesterday.”Jay Dare, Infrastar Apprentice
Here are the current opportunities available:
A CyberFirst Degree Apprenticeship allows undergraduates to earn whilst they learn, ready for a job with GCHQ.
The CyberFirst Degree Level Apprenticeship is a three-year apprenticeship where you’ll get exposure to some of the world’s most cutting-edge technologies along with practical insights into the innovative ways we use them to provide cyber security to the UK government, industry and our citizens.
Successful applicants will earn while they learn with a starting salary of circa £20K and gain a recognised degree over the three-year programme.
Applications for the September 2021 intake are now open.Find out more and apply
BT Apprenticeships – 2021 programme
At BT Security, We Are The Protectors, with the expertise to deal with up to 4,000 cyber-attacks every day, We’ve been keeping the UK safely connected for generations, we’re trusted and relied upon by millions of individuals, government departments, public services, and thousands of businesses. Every day our dedicated Security team deals with over 4,000 cybersecurity attacks. Join our award-winning apprentice programme starting in September 2021 and you’ll be at the cutting edge of the fight against cybercrime. You’ll gain hands-on work experience, personal development, professional qualifications, and/or a degree. We offer a starting salary of c. £16,500 (plus London weighting and a great range of other benefits including discounts on a range of BT products, free broadband and paid study. We’re a diverse and friendly team, why not find out more about the roles below?
- Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeships – Birmingham, Manchester
- Software Engineer Degree Apprenticeships (Digital Technology Solutions) – Cheltenham, Ipswich, London
- Data Analyst Apprenticeships (Level 4) – Birmingham
CGI – Find out more about our apprenticeship opportunities
You can take control of your career from day one. We are growing and we’re financially strong. We have the capability to support the most ambitious careers, in whichever direction you wish to go. You will have the opportunity to experience a number of roles within CGI, which lets you shape your career around your own professional interests.
Our degree apprenticeships give you the opportunity to pursue a range of BSc (Hons) degree courses covering IT and Business Management.
You’ll either study virtually, or attend university once a week, to get the best experiences from both student life and a great working environment.
Find out more and apply
Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6) with Gloucestershire College – Applications are open for September 2021 start!
Apply now for Gloucestershire College’s flagship Degree Apprenticeship programme in collaboration with the University of the West of England, accredited with Tech Industry Gold. Apprentices can earn a UWE Bristol BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Technical Professional Degree right here in Gloucestershire, in our new world-class £3million cyber facilities in Cheltenham, within easy reach of work or home.
Apply online today to become an apprentice and our expert Business Hub team can help you find a local employer. Our degree apprenticeship programme is also open to employees working within cyber or IT who are looking to advance their career and study towards a degree.
Apply online today.Find out more and apply
Cyber Security Technician Apprenticeship (Level 3) with Gloucestershire College – Apply now to become an apprentice
If you’re looking for your way into the cyber industry, we’ve got the key. Open to anyone aged 16 or over, Gloucestershire College’s Cyber Security Technician Apprenticeship Level 3 covers detecting threats, maintaining and managing security within an organisation, configuring firewalls and much more to provide the essential skills you’ll need for a career in cyber. Our Level 3 apprenticeship is a great pathway for our degree programme too.
Apply online today to become an apprentice and our expert Business Hub team can help you find a local employer. Our next apprenticeship cohorts are starting in March and July 2021.
Apply online today.Find out more and apply
EDF Energy – Cyber Security Apprenticeship – Barnwood, Gloucestershire
During your apprenticeship you’ll develop your skills within Information Security, such as: building networks and digital systems, writing programs, analysing malware, identifying threats, undertaking risk assessments, designing secure systems and managing intrusion responses.
When not studying, you’ll have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of work-based activities to build up your cyber security skills:
Support Security Incident and Event Management activities
Support Architectural reviews of proposed changes to our IT environment including service, process and platform changes, outline and detailed requirements validation, analysing key design decision points and giving opinion on design recommendations
Support Development Operations to ensure proposed changes are secure by design
Support Network / Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Security and Security Enablement activities, e.g. Data Loss Prevention, Email, Endpoint Security, etc.
Support Governance, Risk and Compliance activities across the organisation, including our Enterprise Information Security Management System, Risk Assessment and Management, Supply Chain Security and Security Audits and Assessments.
Maintain and develop awareness of current information security technology and threats to help protect our IT systems
Learn about other areas of the business through short projects and secondments
You’ll get plenty of support along the way. We’ll create a professional development plan with you and your assessor to ensure that all the required components of your training are completed and demonstrated in a final portfolio of work-based projects. You’ll also be backed by your EDF mentor, line manager and buddy throughout the apprenticeship.
IT and digital apprenticeships with Gloucestershire College – Find the right path to start your career
Awarded ‘Gloucestershire’s Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year 2020,’ Gloucestershire College can provide fantastic apprenticeship opportunities thanks to our great links with employers and wide variety of programmes on offer. If you are 16 or over, explore our IT and digital apprenticeships below and apply online today. Our Business Hub team can support you to find an employer to kickstart your career:
- Infrastructure Technician Apprenticeship Level 3
- Digital Marketing Apprenticeship Level 3
- Software Developer Technician Apprenticeship Level 3
- Software Developer Apprenticeship Level 4
- Software Tester Apprenticeship Level 4
- Network Engineer Apprenticeship Level 4
Apply online today.Find out more and apply
Lockheed Martin – Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship (Gloucester)
Lockheed Martin’s Cyber Works Centre, in Gloucester, is undertaking a period of growth with multiple programmes in the Cyber & Intelligence and Spectrum Convergence domains delivering everything from secure software – our core business – to integrated cyber and electronic warfare solutions.
This period of growth offers new and exciting challenges for the team, offering opportunities to embrace new technologies and different software development practices. Lockheed Martin’s apprenticeship scheme offers the ability to earn a salary whilst you are studying for nationally recognised qualifications.
You’ll get to work alongside our experts who have a wide range of knowledge and experiences to share with you, with a programme designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills for a highly successful career with us. We understand and value individuality, therefore your training and development will be tailored specifically to help you achieve your goals.Find out more and apply
National Security (Software Engineering) Apprenticeship (London/Gloucester) – BAE Systems
Our National Security Academy is unique. Designed to develop individuals with the confidence and technical capability to support a safer future, you will be provided with the tools, training and support you need to become a rounded Software Engineer in the National Security sector whilst gaining a Level 4 Apprenticeship in Software Engineering.
You may have some work experience within IT, or you might be a Graduate or non-Graduate who has a passion for IT – if so, the National Security Academy could be for you. The programme will provide you with the technical knowledge and interpersonal skills to work with confidence in a wide variety of challenging business environments.
Whilst you progress through our National Security Academy we will support you through the UK Security clearance process up to DV level which will allow you to work with our more sensitive projects in support of the UK Government.Find out more and apply