Digital, developer and IT technician apprenticeships

Building skills for the digital age

Digital, developer and IT technician apprenticeships

Delivered over 13 months via a mix of in-work training and teacher-led morning classes, courses are designed to teach apprentices how to deliver value across a range of platforms and technologies relevant to your business.

Our Learning & Development Specialists work with you to first identify your requirements before tailoring the programme to meet your specific needs.

On completion, Tech City Stars apprentices go on to work in a diverse range of roles including digital and content marketing, web & software development, graphic design, IT networking & help desk support.

How

Assessing your needs

Helping you to understand how an apprentice could compliment your existing team.

Tech City Stars Career Kickstarters

Meet a selection of awesome candidates looking to work for your company. Experience Networking, Elevator Pitches and Speed Interviews before inviting matched candidates to experience a Work Trial at your offices, so that you know your apprentice understands and more importantly enjoys the role!

Specialist ongoing training

Apprentices attend morning classroom sessions with a specialist teacher once a week.

Monthly support visits

Regular in-work visits to discuss progress, set learning objectives and review performance.

Costs

Training

Have a Payroll of less than £3million per year?

Then your training costs per apprentice will start from just £75+VAT per month per apprentice and if you have fewer than 50 employees, apprentices aged 16-18 years old are trained for FREE!

Payroll more than £3million per year?

Talk to us about how to invest your apprenticeship levy in young people looking for their first jobs through the LDN Group.

Salary

£13,000 per annum
No national insurance contributions

Grant

If you hire a 16-18-year-old, you are eligible to apply for a £500 grant at 12-weeks from the apprentice’s induction date and another £500 at 52-weeks (£1000 total).

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  • We know building a successful business is all about nurturing great people. Identifying and developing talent is in our DNA, and we work closely with every client to match them with talented young people eager to learn.
  • We offer 2 industry specific training programmes designed to meet a diverse range of business needs. 
  • We know building a successful business is all about nurturing great people. Identifying and developing talent is in our DNA, and we work closely with every client to match them with talented young people eager to learn.
  • We offer 2 industry specific training programmes designed to meet a diverse range of business needs. 
  • Our unique Tech City Stars programme provides tech apprenticeships.
  • Founded in 2011, we are London’s most exciting apprenticeship provider for tech.
  • Our unique Tech City Stars programme provides tech apprenticeships.
  • Founded in 2011, we are London’s most exciting apprenticeship provider for tech.
  • Our unique Tech City Stars programme provides tech apprenticeships.
  • Founded in 2011, we are London’s most exciting apprenticeship provider for tech.
  • 86% of our apprentices successfully complete their programmes and achieve the qualification.
  • We’re regulated by Ofsted, funded by the Skills Funding Agency and accredited by Pearson Education.
  • Our top quality apprentices come through our rigorous recruitment process to ensure the perfect fit for both the employer and apprentice. 
  • 86% of our apprentices successfully complete their programmes and achieve the qualification.
  • We’re regulated by Ofsted, funded by the Skills Funding Agency and accredited by Pearson Education.
  • Our top quality apprentices come through our rigorous recruitment process to ensure the perfect fit for both the employer and apprentice. 

Programme Overview

LDN Group runs Career Kickstarters every week for Tech City Stars programmes to connect employers with prospective candidates through a series of events including a networking lunch, elevator pitches and speed interviews. Your first opportunity to meet and chat with budding apprentices is over a ‘networking lunch’ provided by us. You’ll also get to ask members of the LDN Group team any questions you have about hiring an apprentice. After lunch, candidates as well as employers deliver their elevator pitches to the whole group. Candidates talk about their strengths, why they want an apprenticeship and more, and employers talking about their company and the roles on offer.

The last activity of the day is the all-important speed interviews where you interview each candidate for 5 minutes. After our candidates have left we complete a comprehensive feedback session on each applicant and their suitability for your roles. Those candidates that catch your eye during the day and are interested in your role, can work trial at your company as soon as the next day. Our Business Development team will be on hand to support and feedback to you throughout the afternoon helping you to understand what candidates we think would make an AWESOME apprentice for your business.

The Process

Who is it for?

Employers looking for energetic & enthusiastic candidates who are willing to learn and eager to develop their skills.
The candidates will be looking to embark on one of the following business apprenticeship pathways: Digital & Creative, IT Support & Networking and Web & Software Development.

What comes before the TCS-CK?

The candidates are shortlisted, have been through our screening process involving face to face interviews and assessment of English and Maths levels to ensure only suitable candidates meet with employers on the day.

The Career Kickstarter schedule

1300-1400

Employer Networking Lunch

Get to know our applicants at a relaxed lunch, start understanding their motivations and enthusiasm for apprenticeships with the LDN Group.


1400-1430

Elevator Pitches

All applicants and employers present a quick 30 second elevator pitch about their situation / their company, why they want to hire / be an apprentice and an interesting fact about themselves.


1430-1600

Speed Interviews

Interview each applicant for 5 mins highlighting potential hires and drilling down on individual’s goals and ambitions.


1600-1700

Interview Debrief

Working with LDN Group staff, our employer’s feedback on each applicant and their suitability for roles and future pathways. Arrange work trials with Business Development team with your highlighted applicants.

Next Steps

Following a Career Kickstarter our applicants attend a number of Work Trials with businesses to find an employer that meets their expectations and somewhere where they feel they will grow and develop in their roles.

Programme Overview

Tech City Stars Digital & Creative Apprentices develop the skills needed to plan, develop, deliver and evaluate successful digital campaigns. 

Apprentices gain proficiency and practice in business theory, tools and techniques to plan and implement successful campaigns and well as the technical skills to develop and position effective and engaging content.

The training focuses on 4 key areas:

  • Personal Branding 
  • Strategic planning, Trello, Agile, Design, Blogging
  • Digital Marketing 
  • Google Analytics, Ecommerce, Campaign Monitoring, Technical Writing
  • Graphic Design 
  • Design process, Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Web Design & Development
  • HTML, CSS, Javascript, Design, UX

Qualifications in this course

Apprentices work towards their qualifications during their morning classroom sessions, once a week. They receive full support from their dedicated Learning & Development Specialist to review and track progress. At the end of the apprenticeship, they will achieve the following qualifications:

  • Advanced Apprenticeship for IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals
  • Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals
  • Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in IT
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths, English & ICT (if required)

Delivery Model & Duration

  • This Apprenticeship takes 13 months to complete
  • Morning classroom sessions are delivered once a week
  • Monthly Visits & Pastoral Support from LDS

Curriculum Areas

Web Design & Development

At the beginning of this 3 month block the Apprentice, Manager and Learning & Development Specialist will agree a specification for a website. The Apprentice will build the new site from scratch in Sublime text whilst exploring development methods and technologies of their employer. During the project, the apprentice will be responsible for mapping the project lifecycle from initial concept, to production, testing and delivery. As a minimum, sites will contain custom HTML and CSS as well as JavaScript. All sites will have regard for the  relationship between design and development.

Digital Marketing

Apprentices will develop their knowledge of marketing in the digital age. The block will cover managing corporate social media channels and developing analytics skills. Learners will be require to use code snippets to feed a bespoke Google analytics table, and to use Excel to analyse and present this information to stakeholders. Apprentices will develop content production skills, including technical writing skills (blogging format, effective copy, brand profiling). Where possible apprentices will implement graphics-communications theory and it’s application in the workplace as part of a content marketing strategy.

Graphic Design

During this 3-month block apprentices will create a set of comprehensive graphics suitable for use in print and online. To facilitate this the Apprentice, Manager and LDS will identify promotional material that the Apprentice can create. The Apprentice will learn the principles of graphic and media design, and create projects for print and web (including animated gifs) using Photoshop. Where appropriate, other software and online tools will be used.

Personal Branding 

Apprentices will learn about managing their digital footprint and manage a project to raise their professional profile online. Apprentices will learn about establishing themselves as an authoritative voice on social networking sites, building a relevant following and leveraging it to generate interest and  discussion online. They will also use Project Management tools (e.g. Trello), Analytics (google analytics) and Business Intelligence Platforms to plan, implement, monitor and measure the impact of their campaign.

The Process

Who is it for?

The Tech City Stars Digital and Creative Apprenticeship (Level 3) is for young people with a passion for the digital industry. Candidates should be actively seeking work in the sector and be able to demonstrate their energy, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Ideal candidates will be able to present a portfolio of work (this could include school projects, personal blogs and other digital projects). If you’re passionate about getting a job in the digital industry, willing to work hard, and want to carve out a long-lasting career, then an apprenticeship is for you.

What comes before the apprenticeship?

Reboot Camp! Learners attend interviews and complete Functional Skills Level 1 in order to successfully enrol onto Reboot Camp. Successful applicants attend the intensive 4-week Reboot Camp:

Takeaways

Upon completion of this apprenticeship with Tech City Stars, apprentices will receive the following:

  • Advanced Apprenticeship for IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals
  • A year of highly valuable work experience in an industry leading company
  • A network of friends, colleagues and contacts upon which to build a career
  • Dedicated 1 – 2 – 1 support and guidance both in the workplace and out
    Portfolio of work including website, graphic products, campaign planning and analytics

Progression

75% of apprentices who achieve a Tech City Stars apprenticeship go on to be offered a permanent role with their employer. Those who are not offered a permanent role have access to dedicated support to work out their next step. Those who continue to work can expect to start earning more money and to dvelop into roles such as Digital Marketing Assistant/Executive. There are various professional certifications that learners can study on completion, including specialist Level 4 apprenticeships or industry qualifications such as Google Squared.

Programme Overview

Tech City Stars Web & Software Development Apprentices develop the skills needed to implement the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). As part of this, they learn to undertake an information management system analysis, and produce a web application, database, and website, producing required documentation.

The Apprentice will be involved in Front and Back End Development with focus on the fundamentals of languages, IDE, database design, graphics and development methodologies:

The training focuses on 4 key areas: 

  • Web Design & Development
  • HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, Agile vs Waterfall, Adobe Suite
  • Project Planning & Database Design
  • MySQL (DMLDDL), Schemas, Trello, SDLC Documentation
  • App Development
  • UML, Algorithms, Java, C++, C#, NetBeans, Eclipse/Visual Studio
  • Information System Development
  • Business Processes, Investigation Methods, Data Flow Diagrams, Development Methodologies

Qualifications in this course

Apprentices work towards their qualifications during their morning classroom sessions, once a week. During this time, apprentices will sit a range of exams, complete assignments and compile a portfolio of work. They receive full support from their dedicated Learning & Development Specialist to review and track progress. At the end of the apprenticeship, they will achieve the following qualifications:

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals
  • Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence, IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals
  • Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in IT
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths, English & ICT (if required by eligibility rules)

Delivery Model & Duration

  • This Apprenticeship takes 13 months to complete
  • Morning classroom sessions are delivered once a week
  • 5 hours per week of self directed study time
  • Monthly Visits & Pastoral Support from LDS

Curriculum

Project Planning & Database Design

During this 3-month block apprentices will concentrate on designing and developing a working database with defined specifications, using suitable development methodologies. Apprentices look in-depth at the concepts, logic and functionality of databases. They will use Entity Relationship Diagrams and Schemas to design the database using MySQL (DDL & DML) or any other preferred database. The Apprentice monitors the progress of the Project using relevant project management tools such as Trello and will be required to implement changes working within a team of developers.

Web Design & Development

At the start of this 3 month block the Apprentice, Manager and Learning & Development Specialist will agree a specification for a Website. The Apprentice will conduct a full investigation of the requirements and as a result will produce a specification document & list of resources required for the project. The Apprentice will design and develop the website with all the required documentation using HTML and CSS, adding interactivity using Javascript.

Detailed Content Blocks

App Development

The Apprentice, Manager & Learning & Development Specialist will meet to see if there is an opportunity for the Apprentice to develop a relevant and useful application for the company. During the project planning stage, the apprentice will follow a development methodology used in the workplace. The Apprentice will learn about writing algorithms and various programming paradigms, such as procedural & object oriented programming. Development work will be completed in Java/C++/C# using NetBeans/Eclipse or Visual Studio as the IDE.

Information System Development

Apprentices will complete an investigation of requirements for an IT System in the workplace. Apprentices will be able to evaluate the current system, recognise problems, & produce a requirements specification for the proposed solution. Apprentices will produce the designs for the solution using data flow diagrams where system entities, processes, data flow, and data storage will be represented.

The Process

Who is it for?

The Tech City Stars Web and Software Apprenticeship (Level 3) is for young people with a passion for the tech industry. Candidates should be actively seeking work in the sector and be able to demonstrate their energy, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Ideal candidates will be able to present a portfolio of work (this could include personal or education-related software development projects) and be able to demonstrate an element of self-taught knowledge. If you’re technically minded and have a desire to make some of the software that drives the modern world, then this apprenticeship is a great option for you!

What comes before the apprenticeship? 

Reboot Camp! This is in immersive, 4-week course during which you’ll gain new skills, develop your confidence, build your network and get to meet and impress Tech City Stars employers. You’ll also gain at least 3 qualifications related to the Tech City Stars apprenticeship pathways.

Takeaways

Upon completion of this apprenticeship with Tech City Stars, apprentices will receive the following:

  • A year of highly valuable work experience in an industry leading company
  • A network of friends, colleagues and contacts upon which to build a career
  • Dedicated 1 – 2 – 1 support and guidance both in the workplace and out
  • Portfolio of work including website, application, database, project management techniques and business analysis documentation.

Progression

75% of apprentices who achieve a Tech City Stars apprenticeship go on to be offered a permanent role with their employer. Apprentices can progress onto the Tech City Stars Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship. Those who are not offered a permanent role have access to dedicated support to work out their next step. Those who continue to work can expect to start earning more money and to develop into roles such as Web Developer/ Junior Software Developer.

Programme Overview

Tech City Stars IT Support & Networking Apprentices develop the skills needed to provide IT support & troubleshoot to serve both internal & external customers. Apprentices gain proficiency and confidence in computer networking and communication, including set up & maintenance of PC’s & networks, suggesting & providing IT solutions.

The training focuses on 4 key areas:

  • Computer Networking
  • Communication Principles, Network Security, Implement Own Network, MTA: Networking Fundamentals
  • Help Desk
  • Information Management Systems, Fault Remedies, Identify Actionable Trends
  • IT Systems Security
  • Network Security, Windows Firewall, WPA2 Technologies, Kali Linux, MTA: Security Fundamentals
  • PC Maintenance
  • Computer System Components, Windows Operating Systems, System Performance

Qualifications in this course

Apprentices work towards their qualifications during their morning classroom sessions, once a week. During this time, apprentices will sit a range of exams, complete assignments and compile a portfolio of work. They receive full support from their dedicated Learning & Development Specialist to review and track progress. At the end of the apprenticeship, they will achieve the following qualifications:

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals
  • Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals
  • Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in IT
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths, English & ICT (If required)
  • MTA Networking Fundamentals
  • MTA Security Fundamentals

Delivery Model & Duration

  • This Apprenticeship takes 13 months to complete
  • Morning classroom sessions are delivered once a week
  • 5 hours per week of self directed study time
  • Monthly Visits & Pastoral Support from LDS

Curriculum Areas

Computer Networking

The aim of this block is for Apprentices to understand the communication principles of computer networks, know the elements of data communications systems, investigate the OSI/TCP IP model and develop the skills to be able to make and test cat 5 UTP cables. Apprentices will then implement their own network using a switch, a direct connection method and a Wireless Access Point. Learners will also understand the key components of networked systems, know about network protocols and the services provided by network systems. Finally, apprentices will develop the skills required to ensure network security using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Active Directory Domain Services and Group Policy object

Help Desk

In this block apprentices will be inducted into a mock help desk support role using simulated work processes and escalation policies along with an information management system to store and log fault calls. Apprentices will be required to gather the information required to provide advice and guidance and will then select and apply fault remedies to IT systems by communicating advice and guidance to clients. Finally Apprentices will use IT tools to produce management information that will then be used to identify actionable trends and make suggestions to improve a help desk service.

ICT Systems Security

Apprentices will spend this part of their course learning about the organisational aspects of network security, the types and sources of network attacks and the impact of potential threats to IT systems. Apprentices will also learn about how organisations can keep systems and data secure. In the second half of the block, apprentices will configure Windows firewall rules and will be taught to apply system security in a wired and wireless environment using file encryption and WPA 2 technologies. In the final part of this block, apprentices will install and configure Kali Linux in virtual environment and attempt to hack a WEP protected WAP.

PC Maintenance

During this block, each apprentice will come to understand the components of computer systems and be able to make hardware changes to a system using safe practices. They will understand why software needs installing or upgrading, be able to install Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Operating Systems. Following this they will plan and deliver a routine ICT maintenance schedule and monitor and improve system performance using Task Manager, Performance Monitor and Microsoft Baseline Security Analyser.

The Process

Who is it for?

The Tech City Stars IT Support & Networks Apprenticeship (Level 3) is for young people with a passion for the IT industry. Candidates should be actively seeking work in the sector and be able to demonstrate their energy, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Ideal candidates will be able to talk through their experience of building computers and understanding how they work. If you’re passionate about getting a job in the IT industry, willing to work hard, and want to carve out a long-lasting career, then an apprenticeship is for you.

What comes before the apprenticeship?

Reboot Camp! This is in immersive, 4-week course during which you’ll gain new skills, develop your confidence, build your network and get to meet and impress Tech City Stars employers. You’ll also gain at least 3 qualifications related to the Tech City Stars apprenticeship pathways.

Takeaways

Upon completion of this apprenticeship with Tech City Stars, apprentices will receive the following:

  • Advanced Apprenticeship for IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals
  • A year of highly valuable work experience in an industry leading company
  • A network of friends, colleagues and contacts upon which to build a career
  • A thorough understanding of current networking & security systems
  • Dedicated 1 – 2 – 1 support and guidance both in the workplace and out
  • MTA Networking Fundamentals
  • MTA Security Fundamentals

Progression

75% of apprentices who achieve a Tech City Stars apprenticeship go on to be offered a permanent role with their employer. Apprentices can progress onto the Tech City Stars Level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship. Those who are not offered a permanent role have access to dedicated support to work out their next step. Those who continue to work can expect to start earning more money and to develop into roles such as IT Technician, First Line Support Technician, Second Line Support Technician.