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We found the way apprentices think is different from university graduates. Apprentices have a more practical way of approaching things. They also come with a lot of passion and enthusiasm to learn.
Alex Douglas-Mann
Senior SEO Director, 
iCrossing
Find out how to hire an apprentice and how DSS can assist you in the process. If you’d like support with the levy, see our range of B2B solutions in DSS Business.   

> Hire an apprentice

We can get you working with people aged 16 and over.

Their statuses vary from school leavers, graduates and experienced professionals looking for a career change.

Registration

The organisation registers interest with DSS

Consultation

BDC (Business Development Consultant) completes initial meeting

Vacancy

The vacancy is uploaded to job boards and the screening takes place

Interviews

Telephone, face to face interviews. Assessment day & work trial

Selection

The successful candidate starts the apprenticeship with the organisation

> Upskill your current workforce

Look no further than the Digital Skills Solutions bespoke apprenticeships for existing staff. At DSS, we understand the importance of your time, and we spend it wisely. We also understand the requirement for staff development, which will enable them to keep up to date with the ever-changing trends, rules and regulations in the industry. 

Our apprenticeships could benefit any of your staff who wish to be upskilled or have a potential job role change. Whatever the request, we can cater for. 

At DSS, we work with the employers’ internal Learning and Development teams to design a bespoke apprenticeship for all existing staff members. 

We truly thrive on the results we see when employers decide to take this significant and positive step with their employees. Expect to see and feel a brand new confidence in your team.

> Apprenticeship offer

Data Analyst - Level 4

The Data Analyst Apprenticeship teaches learners or existing staff how to collect, organise and study data, to provide essential business insights to organisations. 

This course has been specifically designed to help the apprentice adopt an analytical mindset; which will provide a professional understanding of data and can then be used to improve the performance of the business and productivity of the workplace. 

- A minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grades D - E
- Entry-level 3 in English or Maths, or progression from ESOL
- Aged between 16 -18
- Completed college assessment
- Successful interview

IS Business Analyst - Level 4

The IS (Information Systems) Business Analyst will determine and present solutions on how information systems can be used to improve operational efficiency. The role embodies early and regular investigation and analysis that ensures the right IS solution is chosen to meet the required business need.

Through a delivery of blended learning, the apprentice is able to gain an understanding into business processes; facilitating and coordinating business requirements regarding the business change agenda.

- A minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grades D - E
- Entry-level 3 in English or Maths, or progression from ESOL
- Aged between 16 -18
- Completed college assessment
- Successful interview

Digital Engineering Technician - Level 3

This exciting Level 3 Apprenticeship enables learners to produce detailed solutions achieving an optimum performance of built environment projects via digital models and presentations using software, sketches and electronic visualisations. 

Through developing a knowledge of complex engineering principles, an integration of construction data and digital information, the apprentice will support digital engineers or other functional specialists. 

- A minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grades D - E
- Entry-evel 3 in English or Maths, or progression from ESOL
- Aged between 16 -18
- Completed college assessment
- Successful interview

Junior Content Producer - Level 2

The Junior Content Producer Apprenticeship focuses on developing and creating content which can be used across a variety of media including digital, social, broadcast and print. It will teach apprentices how to prepare and create content to express a brand’s visualisation or message to maximise engagement. 

- A minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grades D - E
- Entry-level 3 in English or Maths, or progression from ESOL
- Aged between 16 -18
- Completed college assessment
- Successful interview

IT Support and Networking - Level 3

Each unit provides apprentices insight into the skills and knowledge needed for success - handpicked to align with current industry requirements in the workplace. Some of the optional units demonstrate a deeper understanding of networking fundamentals, remote support, software Installation and much more, giving apprentices a broad knowledge and the opportunity to pursue individual pathways. 

- A minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grades D - E
- Entry-level 3 in English or Maths, or progression from ESOL
- Aged between 16 -18
- Completed college assessment
- Successful interview

Digital Marketer - Level 3

The Digital Marketer Apprenticeship offers a mix of digital marketing skills, web optimisation and social networking management. The course has been specifically designed to build a strong foundation for success - providing apprentices with the key knowledge and valuable skills needed to become a professional digital marketer. 

- A minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grades D - E
- Entry-level 3 in English or Maths, or progression from ESOL
- Aged between 16 -18
- Completed college assessment
- Successful interview

Business Analyst - Level 3

The Business Analyst Apprenticeship is suitable for individuals seeking a business analyst, junior project manager or business support role. The course is delivered through a series of practical workshops and classroom-based learning where apprentices gain the valuable knowledge and skills needed to progress within their chosen vocation and to grow into new and challenging roles. 

- A minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grades D - E
- Entry-level 3 in English or Maths, or progression from ESOL
- Aged between 16 -18
- Completed college assessment
- Successful interview

Software Development - Level 3

The Software Development Apprenticeship offers hands-on coding experience. It’s the first step into software development, providing the fundamentals for any future coder or software engineer. The units provided help build the foundation for a successful career, focusing on fundamentals, health and safety in ICT and the design and creation of advanced websites. 

- A minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grades D - E
- Entry-level 3 in English or Maths, or progression from ESOL
- Aged between 16 -18
- Completed college assessment
- Successful interview

Infrastructure Technician - Level 3

The Infrastructure Technician provides support to internal and external customers, helping them to be productive when using technology to do their jobs. By using tools to problem solve and troubleshoot non-routine issues, this role sets people up on systems, providing support when needed and rectifying issues to maintain the organisations' productivity. 

- A minimum of 4 GCSE passes at grades D - E
- Entry-level 3 in English or Maths, or progression from ESOL
- Aged between 16 -18
- Completed college assessment
- Successful interview

> Our delivery methods


20% off the job through block release or weekly delivery


On-the-job mentoring and developing professional competencies


Gateway and end-point assessment


Online delivery supported with scheduled 'touchpoints' and 'deep dive' residents


On the job coaching and mentoring developing technical knowledge


Gateway, supported revision exercises and end-point assessment


Predominately online delivery with virtual meetings and support available online and by telephone


Gateway, self-led revision exercises and end-point assessment


Gateway, self-led revision exercises and end-point assessment

> Progress tracking

OFF-THE-JOB TRAINING

Apprentices are required to spend 20% of their time in off-the-job training.

Smart Assessor

We use an online platform called Smart Assessor to make this easy; our dashboard keeps both you and your apprentices fully updated on the learning progress.

Provide Support

Our trainers will always be available to answer questions and provide support.

> Support for your apprentices

Additional learning

Additional learning support through one to one working.

Individual support

For apprentices at risk of not making the planned progress to achieve successfully.

Personal support

We support apprentices with any personal issues or concerns.

Line managers

We support apprentices in their relationship with line managers.

> Support for you and line managers

Account manager

We provide a dedicated account manager for support that will be available for employers at all times.

Line managers

A DSS email account specifically set up for employers can be used by line managers.

Touchpoints

Touchpoints are set at week 1, 2, and 5 at the start of the programme, and then once a month.

Welcome pack

Employers receive a welcome pack with all the necessary information and paperwork.

Train and support

DSS can train and support line managers who will be mentoring apprentices.

> Case studies

We specialise in progressive and seamless learning pathways from school to the workplace; it is our goal to close the skills gap in the UK. Digital Skills Solutions have placed learners in the workplace, workshops, and seminars throughout the nation. Below is a selection of some of our success stories. 

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