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The Information and Communication Technology Industry is one of the most rapid growing industries in the world. As technology develops, more and more scope is being created for new jobs that haven’t been needed before. The ICT industry covers a huge range of jobs, from CAD Designer to Infrastructure Technicians, Web Developers and more. You have the chance to work in ICT across a huge range of industries, and many ICT specialists are freelance so have the freedom to work from home.

If you’ve found the ideal ICT job for you there’s just a few things you may want to know about how the application process for these roles usually work…

Your pathway into
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Often ICT jobs are very technical so if you don’t have any prior qualifications or experience it’s best to start off applying for level 2 or 3 entry level apprenticeship positions.

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Use our CV Builder and helpful CV guide to create your skills-based CV. Don’t worry too much - we are here to help if need be. If you have a portfolio of any work you’ve done this can be a great way to showcase your talent to future employers.

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Once you have submitted your CV to us, one of our Recruitment Resourcers will be in touch to find out what kinds of roles you are after and help fill in any CV gaps if there are any. If you feel confident there are loads of jobs on our website, you can start applying for straight away!

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Now we know what type of role you’re looking for we’ll help you find a position and conduct a mock interview, so you feel super prepared for that all-important next step.

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If your application is successful and you’re called in for an interview we can provide support in multiple areas, including travel planning, budgeting and more.

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Web Developer Apprentice

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Listing Date:
13.09.2021
Location:
Ipswich
Weekly Wage:
£ 4.30 per hour
Employer:
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Why apply for this role (benefits):Junior Developer Level 3 ApprenticeshipGain experience alongside a fully accredited qualificationOn-going training throughout time with companyAmazing opportunities to grow within the companyFull-time position to the successful candidate on completion of their apprenticeship
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Required Skills & Qualifications

No qualifications are needed to do an ICT apprenticeship at Level 2, but you will need 5 GCSEs grades A* - C or 9 - 4 to start an IT Apprenticeship at Level 3. You will need to be willing to work hard and take on lots of technical information.

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CAD Technician

Myth busting

As a CAD or computer-aided design technician, you'll use software to create design plans for buildings and machinery. You could work in a wide range of industries from engineering and construction to manufacturing. There are two types of CAD Technicians, 2D designers which do surface modelling and 3D designers who do solid modelling. 2D designers draw a flat representation of product, i.e. a car. A 3D designer will create a 3D display of the structure of the product, i.e. the inside of a building. CAD job roles may also be called: Computer aided industrial design (CAID), Computer aided engineering (CAE), Computer aided styling (CAS), Computer aided manufacturing (CAM).

Salary A CAD Technician at the top of their game can earn as much as £50kp/a
Progression Job Role Progression • Assistant/Apprentice CAD Technician
• CAD Technician
• Senior or Chartered CAD Technician

Finer Details

CAD Technician Apprentices typically start off working 37 - 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday based in a design office, at a CAD design workstation or on a PC.

You may be responsible for:
- Working on the start of a construction and engineering project.
- You may also want to look for work in other industries such as vehicle goods, construction, aerospace, railways, electronics or telecommunications and broadcasting.
- If you are an experienced CAD technician, you could register with the Engineering Council to gain EngTech status, which could help your professional development.

There are many options to progress within a CAD Technician Role.

The good points...

Your options for career progression include promotion to team leader, CAD Manager or Director, Project Manager and Site Manager. With further training, you could become a design engineer and even work from home as a freelancer when you’re more experienced.

... and the bad

This job will involve sitting in front of a computer for hours on end and can involve putting in extra work in the evenings when big projects are due.

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Web Developer

Myth busting

As a Web Developer (or Web Designer) you will be the brains behind the implementation of a website based on a clients design, as well as testing and maintaining the system. Web Developers have to think very logically because they have to take a design and translate it into a language a computer understands, i.e. HTML.

There are several types of web developer; front-end, back-end and full-stack. Front-end developers are responsible for the parts of a website that people see and interact with, back-end developers are responsible for the behind the scenes code that controls how a website loads and runs, and full-stack developers do a bit of everything.

Salary A Web Developer at the top of their game can earn £70k + p/a
Progression Job Role Progression: • Assistant/Apprentice Web Developer
• Web Developer
• Senior or Chartered Web Developer

Finer Details

Web Developer Apprentices typically start off working 37-40 hours a week, Monday to Friday based in an office on a PC.

Different Opportunities:
- You will have the opportunity to specialise and continuously develop your skills as you progress in your career.
- You can probably spend some time working from home, so have a degree of flexibility with your hours
- Almost every company in the world has a website so you’re able to work in a range of different industries.

The good points...

Your skills will always be in demand so once you have progressed in your role, you will have the opportunity to work for yourself, set your own working hours and rates.

... and the bad

Sometimes clients will call you in for meetings. This can mean travelling far away from home, if you are really established, meaning late night travelling and staying overnight in hotels.

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Data Entry

Myth busting

Data Entry varies depending on the type of company you are working for because the information you are inputting will be different from company to company. For example, if you work for a sales company you may input data on new clients, if you worked for a research firm it could be market research results. Additionally, the information you enter could be numerical or text based and come from paper-based information or current digital databases that need refining. As you are the ‘data gate-keeper’ you may also be required to help other people find data they are looking for.

Salary A Data Entry Supervisor at the top of their game can earn £30k + p/a
Progression Job Role Progression: • Data Entry Assistant/Apprentice
• Data Entry Associate
• Data Entry Clerk
• Data Entry Specialist
• Data Entry Supervisor

Finer Details

Data Entry job roles are office-based so you can expect to work a 35-40hr week on average, with flexible working shifts often available depending on the company.

Different Opportunities:
- There are a lot of varied data entry roles available because many companies in different industries have huge databases which need to be kept up-to-date.
- As your experience grows there are opportunities to move into management positions.
- You may have the opportunity to move into ICT or Customer Service based roles if the training is provided for you.

The good points...

There are jobs for data entry across all sectors from medical administration to marketing, education, public sector, sales and more!

... and the bad

Because the information you are recording will be used throughout the company it is essential it is accurate and recorded in a way that is easy to understand and use, particularly when you are dealing with sensitive information.

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Network Analyst

Myth busting

A Network Analysts main job is to tailor-make computer systems for large businesses. Unlike other ICT jobs you will be involved in both the technical aspect of the business as well as a people-facing role - you will need to be able to identify problems and translate them into technical terms, then find a suitable business solution. The types of projects you can expect to work on are integrating phone and internet systems together or restructuring accounts like bank accounts to make the business run more efficiently and improve security. Network Analyst are also sometimes called systems analyst and business analysts.

Salary A Principal Network Analyst/Supervisor at the top of their game can earn £50k + p/a
Progression Job Role Progression: • Network Analyst Assistant/Apprentice
• Network Analyst
• Principal Analyst
• Project/Network Manager

Finer Details

On a usual week you can expect to work a standard 35-40hr week but there will be times when you are expected to stay late or even work weekends to meet deadlines for big projects.

Different Opportunities
- You may want to specialise in a field like security or banking to grow a certain client base and work on specific projects.
- There are opportunities to progress, or even move into entirely different roles like ICT Systems Architecture.

The good points...

There are often lots of job vacancies available for Network Analysts as there are lots of job sectors to work in. Additionally, you may have opportunities to work overseas.

... and the bad

Due to the nature of the role, even with programming experience most jobs will put you through an extensive period of training throughout your career each time you start somewhere new.

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IT Sales/Service Desk

Myth busting

IT Sales and Service Desk Representatives require different traits to other IT roles due to the customer facing nature of their jobs. You will often work for a large company providing CRM, CMS or other IT-related solutions for businesses selling the best fit of the product to clients. You will then be expected to manage their account and handle any complaints, ensuring that the system is the best one available for their business requirements.

Salary An IT Account Manager at the top of their game can earn £50k + p/a
Progression Job Role Progression • IT Sales/Service Desk Assistant/Apprentice
• IT Sales/Service Desk Technician
• Senior IT Sales/Service Desk Technician
• IT Account Manager

Finer Details

Because of the nature of your job you will be interacting with clients during usual business hours, so you can expect to work within these hours, except when larger projects are due. In this case you may need to work in the evening to meet deadlines. You will often be expected to visit new clients when you set up their accounts, so you will need to have a driver's license and be comfortable interacting with people.

Different Opportunities
- There are lots of jobs available in this field due to the number of businesses using external IT systems.
- You will have the opportunity when you are established to go freelance, or manage a team in an office-based environment.

The good points...

Due to technological advances happening all the time and more businesses moving into new realms of technology to run their businesses more efficiently, you should always be able to find work.

... and the bad

You will be talking to people with little or no technical knowledge about comprehensive IT systems so it’s importance you have lots of patience and great communication skills.

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SEO Analyst

Myth busting

An SEO Analyst has one of the most unique jobs on the market. You will need to be able to cover a wide range of skills and no day will look the same in an SEO-based role. Some of your duties will include researching changes in SEO, interacting with clients, needing to be able to think in marketing terms for content implementation and also having a logical mind to be able to understand and make changes to HTML from an SEO perspective. SEO Analysts or SEO Specialists really have to be able to take on a diverse range of challenges and be able to come up with solutions.

Salary An SEO Analyst at the top of their game can earn £50k + p/a
Progression Job Role Progression: • Assistant/Apprentice SEO Analyst
• SEO Analyst
• Senior SEO Analyst
• SEO Manager

Finer Details

To be a successful SEO Analyst/Specialist you will need to have the following:
- A passion for internet marketing and the ever-changing SEO landscape.
- Both a creative and a logical mind-set
- Excellent analytical and time-management skills

Different Opportunities
- Because SEO Analysts have such a wide-range of knowledge from marketing to HTML there are opportunities to branch out and move into other job roles with the right training and support.

The good points...

SEO covers a whole range of fields from marketing to technical aspects, so you are able to learn a lot and create a vast skill-set throughout your career.

... and the bad

You will need to be ultra-organised and put in time outside of work to be successful at SEO so it’s important you are really passionate about the role.

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Infrastructure Technician

Myth busting

IT Infrastructure Technicians have to know a great deal of technical knowledge as they are responsible for maintaining and fixing the whole computer network of a business if it goes down. This can include setting up computers for new starters, trouble-shooting technical problems, ensuring business servers are running properly and also running regular virus and security checks for the network.

Salary An IT Infrastructure Technician at the top of their game can earn £50k + p/a
Progression Job Role Progression: • Assistant/Apprentice IT Infrastructure Technician • IT Infrastructure Technician • Senior IT Infrastructure Technician • IT Infrastructure Manager

Finer Details

IT Infrastructure Technicians, also known as network support technicians need the following qualities:
- Great communication skills - you will need to be able to explain IT issues to colleagues who may not be technically minded.
- The ability to do multiple things at once - there may be more than one technical issue at any one time that you need to resolve.

Different Opportunities
- You will be able to work in a wide range of sectors because most large business HQs require at least one IT Infrastructure Technician on-site - often more.
- You will have a chance to learn a multitude of IT skills, enabling you to move into different job roles in the industry with the right training and support.

The good points...

You will have the chance to work in different departments of the business and take on many technical skills and develop as the business grows and needs change.

... and the bad

You may be the only IT Infrastructure Technician on-site which can mean you can be isolated. Additionally, you will have to help people who are not technically minded so will need to be very patient.