Modern Apprenticeship in Information Technology and Telecommunications

The business services sector has been identified in Scotland's economic strategy as a growth sector.


Level SCQF 6

Delivery Work Based

START Rolling Entry

Duration 1-2 Years



How it works...

A Modern Apprenticeship is a work-based qualification for people employed in the industry. The programme is a combination of work-based and college training and provides the dual benefit of students gaining a nationally recognised qualification while being paid as they work.


Employer benefits...

  • Instil your company’s values whilst training
  • Motivate existing staff by investing in the workforce and providing supervisory opportunities
  • Develop up to date and relevant skills and qualifications
  • Cost effective training supported by funding from Skills Development Scotland (up to 100% funding depending on age and eligibility criteria)
  • Create and retain a modern skilled workforce

Apprentice benefits...

  • Debt-free learning
  • Nationally recognised qualifications
  • A route to great pay
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Significant experience to enhance your CV
  • Possible support with travel costs if coming to college

Course content...

The Information Technology Modern Apprenticeship is a 12-24 month programme at SCQF level 6 for candidates already in employment. The registration and certification of this qualification is through the awarding body Instructus.

The IT industry covers a wide range of careers such as IT Technical Support, Software Developer, Web Developer, Database Administrator, Cyber Security. An apprenticeship is a great route into an Information Technology career as it provides valuable work experience through paid employment and opportunities to gain new skills and qualifications on the job. Working alongside a wide range of professionals is also a valuable means of improving team working performance and communication skills.

Further details...

The programme is delivered in partnership with the student, employer and training provider. Comprising of a SVQ 2, Core Skills and National Progression Awards, including:

  • NPA Professional Computing Fundamentals (Networks/Security/Servers)
  • NPA Cyber Security (Forensics/Ethical Hacking/Data Security)

The SVQ 2 will be delivered in the workplace and supported by college assessors. The NPA will be delivered at Inverness College UHI.


What you need... 

It is recommended that candidates should have Scottish National Grades 4 (or equivalent) in English, Maths.

Experience gained during work placements whilst at school or at out of school clubs in a relevant subject will also be useful.

Where you can go... 

This Apprenticeship framework provides the skills, knowledge and competence required to become an IT or Telecoms Professional in a wide range of job roles such as:

  • IT Technical Support
  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Database Administrator
  • Telecoms Engineer
  • Network Planner