Information for employers
Ravensbourne has developed apprenticeship training that provides the skills, knowledge and professional development to suit employers’ needs and ensure that they have new recruits and employees who can deliver against their business needs.
Comprehensive programmes of flexible learning, focusing on practical and professional knowledge and skills acquisition, are delivered on Ravensbourne’s apprenticeship training provision through academic units of study, reflective learning and assessment. Work-based learning is an integral part of this course and takes place at the employer’s work place.
Currently, Ravensbourne provides apprentice training in Digital & Technology Solutions (Network & Software Engineering pathways) leading to a BSc qualification and Digital Media Technology (Network Engineering Trailblazer) leading to a Foundation Degree qualification.
Larger employers (with payroll of £3m+) who wish to offer apprenticeships at their work- place can access funding for the training via the government’s Apprenticeship Levy Digital Voucher scheme. Smaller employers will benefit from Government support to cover their apprenticeship training costs of up to 90%.
More information about Apprenticeship Training Costs and Funding, including the Apprenticeship Levy can be found at gov.uk.
More information on the benefit of recruiting apprentices for your business can be found here.
Employers can recruit their apprentices onto the following courses:
BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions
The BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions is a Higher Apprenticeship Degree approved by the Department of Business, Information & Skills / Skills Funding Agency in collaboration with Tech Partnerships’ network of employers and Higher Education Institutions.
The BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions aims to grow practical technology skills alongside occupational competencies developed in the work place to address the skills demands of technology platforms such as IP TV, the Internet of Things and 5th Generation Mobile Communications and provide hands-on and flexible training to develop and support the range of services, data systems and equipment being deployed in the digital and technology industries.
The programme comprises a common core with elective specialist digital and technology industry modules. Core focus is on the study of IT in business and includes a blend of technology, business, project and transferable skills with the Specialist digital and technology industry modules focusing on the specific employer needs. The core IT competencies give a solid IT business foundation to the apprentice enabling students to become confident, competent and capable independent IT Professionals in a range of roles.
The specialist digital and technology industry focussed modules within the two pathways focus on either network or software engineering and are appropriate for a professional working in either of these areas.
Core units comprises around 60% of the programme covering the following topics:
- Information Systems and Business
- Systems Development
- Data and Security
- Creative Collaboration
- IT Project Management Fundamentals
- Professional Practice
- Dissertation and Final Major Project
Pathway elective specialist units make up the remaining 40% as follows:-
- Networking Fundamentals
- Networking Design and Build
- Advanced Internetworking
- Software Fundamentals
- Software Engineering End to End
- Advanced Software Engineering
This programme of study has been designed to ensure graduates are equipped to make a real business contribution for their employer within a few months of commencing their roles as a network or software engineer and those graduating from this course will also be credited with the SFIA Level 3 Professional Standard Award for Engineering.
FdSc Digital Media Technology
The pace of change in the traditional world of telecommunications has increased alongside the increase in available transmission speeds. This change is driving the industry forwards to deliver ever more content rich user experiences.
To meet these demands, the Foundation Apprenticeship Degree, FdSc Digital Media Technology has been developed out of the E-Skills collaborative Trailblazer qualification awards and is employer-led to fulfill an emerging industry need.
The FdSc Digital Media Technology programme at Ravensbourne provides the student with the knowledge and skills for undertaking higher level technical roles and responsibilities, and/or for supporting a broader range of technology applications in the communications industry.
The two levels of the course programme follow three distinct but related phases:-
Students will build up relevant functional skills through the progression of teaching units linked to work based learning and begin to engage critically with equipment and service issues concerning digital media technology. The Transferable skills unit running alongside other first year units is integral to the first year, building the student’s ability to problem solve and develop core business awareness and communication skills, time and work management proficiency.
Students will develop the potential for undertaking higher level technical roles and responsibilities, and/or for supporting a broader range of technology applications
In the final six months students will complete a final major project which brings together all of the work based and academic learning giving the student the opportunity to apply the theoretical, practical and personal skills that have been learned in a work based portfolio of professional work. This portfolio will be put on display at the final degree show alongside all of the final year students at Ravensbourne.
Students admire one of 3 Enigma machines brought in by Alan Watson
The Enigma talk was delivered as part of the apprenticeship courses by Alan Watson - an authority on the WW2 German Enigma cypher and encoding technology and machines.