If you're looking at a career in IT, an apprenticeship with North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) could be a great way to start.
How do I become an IT apprentice?
IT apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on the NHS Jobs website
Register with website and search for relevant vacancies. You can set up a saved search to receive an alert when a suitable vacancy becomes available.
Once a vacancy becomes available, you can fill in the online application form.
Before filling in the form, stop and think. Ask yourself if you have the the relevant experience and qualifications needed to become an IT apprentice? These are listed in the Person Specification.
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If you meet all the requirements for being an IT apprentice and are selected, you may be asked to come for an interview and attend an assessment day.
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If your interview is successful, you will be offered a one year training contract with the North East Ambulance Service.
You will complete your apprenticeship during your working week, collecting evidence as you work alongside experienced support service staff.
The current IT Apprenticeship program is a one-year training program which is run in conjunction with local colleges and NEAS.
It is a work based qualification where you undertake a support services role whilst working towards your apprenticeship qualification.
The main components of the course are:
- One year quality work experience.
- QCF level 2 in IT – this is obtained via observation of the skills the apprentice is learning during their work experience and the collation of a portfolio of evidence. The qualification is equivalent to 5 GCSE’s (grade A*-C).
- Functional Skills - all students who do not already hold GCSE grade C in maths and/or English on entry to the program work towards Functional Skill Level 2 in English and/or Maths. This equips the students with an accredited qualification which is equivalent to GCSE grade C. This enables the student to meet the essential qualification criteria for substantive posts within NEAS.
Thomas Crowe joined the IT team at NEAS as an apprentice in March 2013. He is now a first line IT Technician.
“I wanted to work at the same time as earning some money and thought this was a good way to get my foot in the door,” he said. “An apprenticeship offered me the chance to get hands on experience as well as a qualification.
“I really enjoy the job. It’s a really nice environment to work in and every day is different, I’m learning every day.”