We have partnered with New Horizons and Highbury College to offer a unique industry and vendor-led Level 3 IT Apprenticeship programme across the UK.  Accredited by City & Guilds and endorsed by The Tech Partnership, the UK’s sector skills council for IT, students will gain 2 full Level 3 Apprenticeship Diploma’s as well as vendor certifications from CompTIA and Microsoft.

The IT Apprenticeship programme turns problem-solvers into skilled PC Engineers, Network Technicians and IT Support Gurus. Designed to give school and college leavers a strong technical grounding combined with professional mentoring and assessment in the workplace, this is the best start to a successful career in IT.

In addition to this, Drift has put together a year’s training package to perfectly complement the apprentice’s studies and qualifications. Working with experienced members of the Drift team, our apprentices gain job-specific skills, specific to the role of an Education IT Technician.

There is a clear progression path to continue their Drift career once the apprenticeship with New Horizons has been completed.

The next intake for apprenticeship applications is January 2018.

Alex’ apprenticeship is being delivered by New Horizons and he started with Drift in January 2016. He says:

“Working in this apprenticeship scheme has taught me how to deal with a school mainly on my own, how to think for myself but at the same time I know I have all the support I need from the Company if I require it. The New Horizons side of this is looking really good. There’s a lot to learn but because you do the course work at the same time as the intense learning weeks, it’s all fresh and means you don’t feel like you are lagging behind on things.”

Our Schools also particularly benefit from on-site apprentices. Georgina Mulhall from Gomer Junior School says:

“Learning alongside us, learning with us, learning school and Drift ways. The apprentice scheme is a cost effective solution to boost your day-to-day IT support in school whilst taking pride in an individual’s development. Each apprentice has their own strengths and interests adding new dimension to school IT and computing development. We are now two years into the scheme and value the extension to our team.”