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What courses are available with the Apprenticeship Levy?

February 06 2018  ·  4 min read

As part of the Government's overhaul of apprenticeships, the old programmes called frameworks were scrapped and replaced with Apprenticeship Standards. These standards are set out to be more relevant to real job roles and the skills gaps that employers are facing, as they are no longer created by awarding bodies but by employers themselves.

There are currently 225 standards that are approved for delivery now, however, there are hundreds of new ones still being developed. One of the major benefits of Apprenticeship Standards for employers is that if you find that there isn't a programme for a job you're looking for, then once you've found other employers who also want to develop that apprenticeship then you can come together to become a trailblazer group and set out to develop the standard yourself!

Here is the full list of apprenticeship courses that are available to us now:

Digital & Media

Level 3 Digital Marketer – 15 months

Job roles: Digital Marketing Executive, Social Media Executive, Content Co-ordinator etc.

The primary role of a digital marketer is to define, design, build and implement digital campaigns across a variety of online and social media platforms to drive customer acquisition, customer engagement and customer retention of online and social media platforms to drive customer acquisition, customer engagement and customer retention.

Knowledge modules: Principles of Coding, Marketing and Digital Marketing Business Principles (CIM Level 4 Award in Digital Marketing)

Level 3 Junior Content Producer - 15 months

Job roles: Trainee Art Director, Content Creator/Producer, Videographer, Digital Content Strategist, Content Writer, Social Media Blogger etc.

 A Junior Content Producer (also referred to as a Creative Content Assistant) is responsible for developing and creating content that can be used across a variety of media including digital, social media, broadcast or in print. Working to the customer/client brief, they research, prepare and develop the media messaging to maximise audience engagement, capturing the strategy and objectives of the brand and needs of the customer they are representing.

Knowledge modules: industry awareness; content planning; content development; content creation and evaluation


Level 3 Infrastructure Technician – 15 months

Job roles: Help Desk Technician, IT Infrastructure Technician, Technical Support Analyst etc.

An Infrastructure Technician provides support to internal and external customers, helping them to be productive when using technology to do their own jobs, by using tools to problem solve and troubleshoot non-routine problems. The Infrastructure Technician sets people up on systems and provides support when they need it, rectifying issues to maintain the organisation's productivity.

Knowledge modules: Networking and Architecture (CompTIA A+ qualification), Mobile and Operating Systems, Cloud Services, Coding and Logic, Business Processes

Level 4 Data Analyst – 18 months

Job roles: Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Data Engineer etc.

The primary role of a Data Analyst is to collect, organise and study data to provide business insight. Data analysts are typically involved with managing, cleansing, abstracting and aggregating data, and conducting a range of analytical studies on that data. They document and report the results of data analysis activities making recommendations to improve business performance. They have a good understanding of data structures, database systems and procedures and the range of analytical tools used to undertake a range of different types of analyses.

Knowledge modules: CIW Analytics, Data Analysis Tools, Data Analysis Concepts.

Level 4 Software Developer – 18 months

Job roles: Software Developer, Games Developer, Application Developer etc.

The primary role of a software developer is to build and test simple, high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers. A developer will typically be working as part of a larger team, in which they will have responsibility for some of the straightforward elements of the overall project. The developer will need to be able to interpret design documentation and specifications. The customer requirements will typically be defined and agreed by more experienced or specialist members of the team, such as a business analyst or technical architect.

Knowledge modules: Software Design and Testing, Software Development Methodologies (BCS diploma), Software Language Training, Software Language,

Level 4 Network Engineer – 18 months

Job roles: Network Technician, Systems Engineer, Network Administrator etc.

The primary role of a network engineer is to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Network engineers need to maintain high levels of operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers. They will understand network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance.

Knowledge modules: Network Principles (CompTIA Network+), Network Systems and Architecture, Network Security

Human Resources

Level 3 HR Support - 16 months

Jobs roles: HR Administrator, Operations Assistant, HR Support etc.

HR Professionals in this role are typically either working in a medium to a large organisation as part of the HR function delivering front-line support to managers and employees or are an HR Manager in a small organisation. Their work is likely to include handling day to day queries and providing HR advice; working on a range of HR processes, ranging from transactional to relatively complex, from recruitment through to retirement; using HR systems to keep records; providing relevant HR information to the business; working with the business on HR changes.

Knowledge modules: Understanding organisations and the role of HR; understand the knowledge, skills and behaviour of a professional; resourcing talent; recording, analysing and using HR information; supporting good practice in performance and reward management; supporting good practice in managing employment relationships

Level 5 HR Consultant/Partner - 18 months

Job roles: Operations Managers, Regional Managers, Divisional Managers, Specialist Managers, Leaders and Managers

An operations/departmental manager is someone who manages teams and/or projects and achieving operational or departmental goals and objectives, as part of the delivery of the organisations strategy. They are accountable to a more senior manager or business owner. Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation, specific responsibilities and job titles will vary, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same.

Knowledge modules: developing professional practice; business issues and the context of HR; resourcing and talent planning; using information in HR; managing and coordinating the human resources function; employment law

Level 5 Digital Leadership - 24 months

Job roles: HR Consultant, HR Business Partner

This role could be called an HR Consultant or an HR Business Partner in different organisations. Individuals in this role will use their HR expertise to provide and lead the delivery of HR solutions to business challenges, together with tailored advice to the business in a number of HR areas, typically to mid-level and senior managers.

Knowledge modules: personal development as a manager and leader; information-based decision making; managing teams and individual performance; organisational financial management; management recruitment, selection and induction


Level 3 Assistant Accountant - 18 months

Job roles: Assistant Accountant, Trainee Accounting Technician, Accounts Clerk, Cashier, Finance Assistant, Purchase Ledger Clerk, Sales Ledge Clerk

An Assistant Accountant provides support to internal and external customers and will work predominately either as an assistant accountant within practice or alternatively within the finance function of an organisation. Part of their role will involve assisting in the day to day financial activities such as data entry to month end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements.

Knowledge modules: advanced bookkeeping; financial accounts preparation; indirect tax; management accounting: costing; ethics for accountants; spreadsheets for accounting

Level 4 Accounting Technician - 15 months

Job roles: Assistant Auditor, Assistant Management Accountant, Assistant Financial Accountant, Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor, Commercial Analyst, Payroll Manager

Individuals in the role of a Professional Accounting/Tax Technician will have responsibility for creating, and/or verifying and reviewing, accurate and timely financial information within the organisation in which they are employed or on behalf of another organisation.

Knowledge modules: accountant in business; management accounting; financial accounting; foundations in professionalism

If you would like to find out more information about apprenticeships and how they work, contact one of our team today.

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