Digital and Technology solutions is the most established apprenticeship at Aston. It was the first in the UK and is developing professionals at Virgin Media, Capgemini and Payara Services Ltd.
Apprentices on the course develop applied competence in the interpretation and application of IT, business awareness and an understanding of the theoretical and conceptual issues central to the practice of technology solutions. The course lasts four and a half years and has exactly the same status as Aston’s traditional on-campus degrees.
Apprentices will be immersed in a wide range of programming tools, methods and techniques. The course covers the application of digital solutions, promotes business awareness and delivers understanding of the issues central to IT for your business.
Apprentices can range from new employees with no previous IT experience to existing professionals who have grown into their role, but lack a formal degree qualification. It is intended for IT professionals in the private, public or third sector.
Roles can include anything with a significant consultative or development focus. To this end, there are two routes your apprentice can take:
- Business Analytics Stream
- software Engineering Stream
The apprenticeship is delivered through three stages. The first stage is common to both streams and starts with technical training in Foundations of Technology Solutions. This is followed by work-based learning tailored to the individual role in your business and blended learning providing a foundation for further university study.
The degree apprenticeship begins with a seven-week technical training block held on campus, delivering core computing and business skills to enable apprentices to become an effective team member in the workplace.
Following this the remainder of the programme is delivered through blended learning. Most teaching is delivered through a virtual learning environment. In this way teaching is delivered to students who are working on a client site, have irregular working patterns, and are dispersed across the country (and, potentially, in different time zones).
Each six month block of modules requires attendance at four on-campus teaching days and an additional two days for examinations.