Keep everyone connected, protected and updated

Trained digital professionals ensure that devices and systems run smoothly, are protected from cyber threats, and can be utilised to connect users and businesses

Technology is fast becoming the biggest career opportunity for young people. At a time when companies such as Amazon and Apple are being valued at $1 trillion, and everyone has access to the web through their smartphones and other devices, there is an increased need for highly trained professionals to ensure that devices and systems run smoothly, are protected from cyber threats, and can be utilised to connect users and businesses.

There are apprenticeships that cover the creation, implementation and use of hardware and software, giving you an array of choices if you want to focus on a career in this ever important sector. If you’re handy with computers and know your USB ports from your WiFI connections, there are various technician apprenticeships available to develop your skills. Those with a creative streak can train in software coding and testing, to create video games, mobile apps and so much more in the digital age. This sector also covers apprenticeships in cyber security, as organisations in the public and private spheres become high-value targets for technology savvy criminals.

Opportunities exist for data enthusiasts, who are required to find information in diverse datasets to address complex problems and improve organisational processes, while the next generation of digital marketers are needed to power the growing online marketing space.

It’s worth remembering that digital and ICT roles are in need across businesses, from support staff to chief technology officers, and the regions are in fierce competition with London to secure the best and brightest talent, so don’t be surprised if offers are extremely competitive and varied in this exciting area.

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The Apprenticeship Guide sector head