IT User

Twenty years ago computers were rare, oversized things. Today, we could not live without them. They're the backbone of our society and they're in almost every home and office. Some of them are even small enough to carry around with us every day.

In fact, there are now very few industries where you won't need IT skills to some level. In fact, your IT abilities could be the difference between getting a job and being rejected. But don't worry. Whatever level you're at right now, we can help you.

Using IT Qualifications

If the mere mention of the word 'computer' scares you stiff then this Information Technology (IT) qualification is probably a good place to start.

You can also learn while you earn with an IT apprenticeship.

For more information, browse for a qualification using the qualifications finder.

Where to study

Search for a centre that offers your chosen qualification by using the Find a Centre search box (on the top right of each page).

KEY INFO

Type of work:
Office-based, using computers.

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Who you could work for:
As a systems support specialist, practically any company you can name. Software developers would work for specialist IT firms or manufacturers of products that use software.

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Likely hours:
Probably 9-5, although some weekend work for systems support specialists when new systems are being installed.

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Starting salary*:
Entry-level jobs in IT begin at around £18,000 to £25,000. The average salary for the IT sector in the UK is around £37,000. An experienced IT manager can earn £80,000 or more.

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Perfect for you if you are:
Good with computers, analytical.

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You could even go on to:
Design computer games, run IT systems for large corporations, start your own business, or become a specialist consultant.

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*Remember

Salaries are only a guide. We've quoted average figures and there will be some variation around the country and from employer to employer.

Apprenticeships at City and Guilds

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