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Gap Years & Apprentices

Gap Years & Apprentices



University isn’t for everyone and here at IBM we have a fantastic alternative. Apprenticeships at IBM are all about picking up new skills and lots of them. It’s three year’s of brilliant training, loads of exposure and the an experience you simply couldn’t get anywhere else. If you’ve decided to dive straight into the world of work after college we believe our apprenticeship is one of the best learning experience out there.

We offer Apprenticeships in both Business and Technology and with a variety of different roles available we’re bound to have something to suit you.

And that's not all

When you join IBM as an apprentice it is not just about training and qualifications. We have your long-term professional career in mind, so from the day you join us you’ll be considered a permanent employee.

So what are you waiting for? Apply now and see what you can make with IBM.

Winner target jobs. Best apprenticeship programme 2013. National graduate recruitments awards.

Winner target jobs. Best apprenticeship programme 2013. National graduate recruitments awards.


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Technical Solution Specialist

You will develop proof of concepts and design, develop, build, test and implement systems to solve our clients' business and IT problems. As a Technical Solution Specialist, you will be a hands-on professional and you will have the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of our products, offerings and services.

Business Specialist

You will provide specific and comprehensive operational support to maximise the functionality and effectiveness of the business. Understanding key business priorities, process and organisational implications, you will plan, track, co-ordinate and implement process change, business plans, and financial reporting. You will develop skills in spreadsheet, word processing and presentation systems, which gives an ideal spring board to progress to project management, service delivery, and business operations career paths.

Great salary and benefits

  • As well as £15,000 a year (pro rata), you’ll get a flexible benefits package too, which lets you change the benefits you get to suit your lifestyle and personal circumstances. So it could include anything from the following:

  • We have a 'vacation marketplace' where employees buy and sell holiday – which means you could potentially have up to 35 days’ holiday a year.

  • Through the IBM Rewards programme, you can save money and earn cash-back at more than 1300 stores, including Apple, Tesco and John Lewis.

A ready-made social life

  • Before you join, you’ll meet and chat with other future apprentices on our Facebook group. It’s even better when you get here. There’s


Support & Training


"IBM has a strong track record in developing the next big thing. This year, I'll make sure it's me."

How we support you

Your training and development

The IBM Apprenticeship scheme lasts for 3 years. We’ll give you the opportunity to continue your learning to achieve the Advanced Apprenticeship for IT Professionals qualification in the first 18 months, leading up to Higher Apprenticeship qualifications and more. Our technical apprentices will achieve qualifications consisting of: OCR Level 3 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence and in ICT Systems & Principles followed by a Level 4 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT & Telecoms Professionals and in Computing & Systems Development. For our business apprentices, you will also achieve OCR Level 3 & 4 Diplomas, but in Business & Administration, and a Certificate in Principles of Business & Administration.

Your training starts with a two week induction which will help you understand how IBM works and how we operate. Don’t worry, you’ll be in good company, taking part in valuable team building exercises with other apprentices - so this is a great chance to get to know each other!

After that, it’s all about 2 areas:

What we look for


"It might have started with the microchip. But from what I've seen, it's like they invented the Apprehenticeship Scheme tool."

To be eligible to apply, you must have at least 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above including Maths and English and either have obtained or be predicted at least 160 UCAS points from A-levels or equivalent. You must also be authorised to work in the UK.

Whichever career path you choose to follow at IBM, we can offer you incredible, memorable times. You will have a great social network, gain invaluable experience in the field of your choice, learn new skills and develop expert knowledge – at one of the most successful companies in history.