Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships at IBM are all about picking up skills for the workplace and embarking on a long and successful career. We have your professional development in mind from the day you join us as a permanent employee. Our apprenticeships range from Level 3 to Level 6 and each pathway gives you everything you need to start your career in the industry! You will get lots of exposure and an experience you simply can’t get anywhere else. In addition to the day job there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in social activities and volunteering with other Apprentices, Students and Graduates.

Opportunities are located across England and salaries start at £18,000/annum.

Applicants can only apply to one apprentice role at a time – don’t worry if you change your mind, you can change you choice throughout the application process

Level 3

Infrastructure Technician

Level 4

Software Developer

Software Tester

Associate Project Manager

Junior Management Consultant

Software Developer

Software Tester

Associate Project Manager

Junior Management Consultant

Level 6 - Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships allow you to work and achieve a Bachelors Honours degree at the same time. You will be doing a real role at IBM and using what you learn in the workplace as part of your degree. 

IBM Business degree apprentices are currently studying at Pearson College, London and Technology degree apprentices are currently studying at University of Exeter, Queen Mary University of London and Manchester Metropolitan University. Choice of University is made in response to the needs of our IBM businesses. Time at University is typically one day a week either on site or via online education and you will be required to work during University vacations.

Chartered Business Management Degree

Digital & Technology Solutions Degree

Futures 12 Month Placement Scheme

The Futures Placement scheme offers you an invaluable opportunity to work with a world-leading company for 12-months, broadening your horizons and giving you a head start in your career. You’ll be deployed onto a challenging work placement, where you’ll support and learn from experienced professionals across IBM. At the end of your placement, it’s in your hands. IBM offer both Business and Technical Placements, with both taking place over a year!

You will benefit from a £15,000 starting salary, a £1,000 bonus and much more!

Business Placements

Technical Placements

Infrastructure Technician


Level: 3
Duration: 3 years
Salary: £18,000
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs grade 5-9

Do you enjoy taking on a challenge, being analytical and working with the latest technology? Then the Infrastructure Technician Apprenticeship is for you!

Infrastructure Technicians provide support to internal and external clients, helping them to be productive when using technologies to meet their needs, by using cutting-edge tools to problem solve.

This role is very rewarding, but also challenging, as you keep up to date with the latest technologies to meet the continuously evolving requirements of IBM!

Software Developer


Level: 4
Duration: 3 years
Salary: £18,000
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs grade 5-9, 64 UCAS points

Are you interested in the opportunity to become an Application Developer, a Blue Mix App Developer or a Web Developer? Then the Software Developer Apprenticeship is for you!

In this role you will learn how to write, build and test high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers whilst also developing effective user interfaces, link code to data sources and analyse test results to correct errors!

At IBM you’ll be given the chance to work with ground-breaking technologies and be continually making a difference!

Software Tester


Level: 4
Duration: 3 years
Salary: £18,000
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs grade 5-9, 64 UCAS points

At IBM Software Testers are essential in the development of client solutions! You will become an expert at finding and fixing problems, before they become issues!

In this role, you will be assisting our key clients as they introduce new technologies and software into their businesses. You’ll also be responsible for designing and preparing test plans, reporting test activity results and most importantly, playing a vital role in your team!

If you are enthusiastic, curious, have the desire to be analytical and creatively solve problems! You’ll also enjoy being a part of an integrated team!

Associate Project Manager


Level: 4
Duration: 3 years
Salary: £18,000
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs grade 5-9, 64 UCAS points

As an Associate Project Manager, you’ll receive the exposure and opportunities you need to learn what it takes to be a project manager. You will work closely with experienced IBMers in an interactive and collaborative environment.

In this role, you’ll be continuously implementing and developing your problem solving skills, building relationships and interacting with clients. You will also be responsible for understanding what needs to be achieved on projects, as well as organising how it will be achieved by implementing time-scales and discussing costs.

This role is a fantastic opportunity for you to develop fundamental skills that you can utilize throughout your career as well as networking with IBMers and clients from around the world!

Junior Management Consultant


Level: 4
Duration: 3 years
Salary: £18,000
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs grade 5-9, 64 UCAS points

Do you want to learn the fundamentals of consulting, as well as develop your skills to kick-start your career? This role is for you!

As a Junior Management Consultant, you will combine cutting edge methodologies and knowledge of the industry with the latest technologies to deliver the best projects for a diverse range of clients.

You’ll be responsible for understanding and interpreting clients’ needs, using evidence to support recommendations and supporting proposals and the creation of solutions to help our clients improve their business outcomes!

Chartered Business Management Degree


Level: 6
Duration: 4 years
Salary: £18,000
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs grade 5-9, minimum 120 UCAS points (subject to change dependent on university requirements)

In this role you will get Chartered Manager status from the Chartered Manager Institute. Our degree apprentices work in a variety of roles including Project Management, Sales, Business Analysis and Operations Management.

Degree apprentices develop a broad range of management skills including: operational strategy, project management, finance, sales & marketing, digital business & new technologies, stakeholder, customer & supplier management, communication, leadership and personal effectiveness. 

There's an opportunity to experience University life and meet apprentices from other organisations. On our Pearson College rotational degree apprenticeship, some of our apprentices have the opportunity to experience a work placement at a different organisation.

Digital & Technology Solutions Degree


Level: 6
Duration: 4 years
Salary: £18,000
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs grade 5-9, minimum 120 UCAS points (subject to change dependent on university requirements)

Our technology degree apprentices work in a variety of roles including Cyber Security and Technical Specialists, Project Managers, Prototype Developers, Service Managers, IT Architects, Business Analysts and Application Support. You will develop a broad range of technical and business skills, including: information systems, systems development, data, cyber security, business organisations, project management and computer & network infrastructure.  You will also take modules to develop your skills in a technical specialism.  There's an opportunity to experience University life and meet apprentices from other organisations during days at University and interactive learning sessions.

You might be uncertain about whether to start work, complete an apprenticeship or go to university, if that's you and you are unsure about what to do next, the IBM's Futures Scheme is for you. The Futures Scheme is our Gap Year program offering a years internship - a try before you commit scheme. We offer you an invaluable opportunity to work with a world-leading company, broadening your horizons and giving you a head start in your career.

What will you do? You’ll be deployed onto a challenging work placement, where you’ll support and learn from experienced professionals from across IBM. That could be in any area across the company, we currently have Business Futures working in Recruitment, supporting Clients and working internally to make us more effective - all of which are making a difference at IBM. Then, at the end of the placement, it’s in your hands. If you would like to consider IBM as a long term career then you could apply for our Apprenticeship scheme or you could go to university - the choice is yours! 

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply for the Futures Scheme if you are studying for or have already completed an undergraduate degree. Those eligible to work in the UK without sponsorship are eligible for this scheme.

Applications are currently closed and will be opening in the Autumn.

You might be uncertain about whether to start work, complete an apprenticeship or go to university, if that's you and you are unsure about what to do next, the IBM's Futures Scheme is for you. The Futures Scheme is our Gap Year program offering a years internship - a try before you commit scheme. We offer you an invaluable opportunity to work with a world-leading company, broadening your horizons and giving you a head start in your career.

What will you do? You’ll be deployed onto a challenging work placement, where you’ll support and learn from experienced professionals from across IBM. That could be in any area across the company, we currently have Technical Futures working in Software Development, Internet of Things and Hybrid Cloud - all of which are making a difference at IBM. Then, at the end of the placement, it’s in your hands. If you would like to consider IBM as a long term career then you could apply for our Apprenticeship scheme or you could go to university - the choice is yours! 

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply for the Futures Scheme if you are studying for or have already completed an undergraduate degree. Those eligible to work in the UK without sponsorship are eligible for this scheme.

Applications are currently closed and will be opening in the Autumn.

Why IBM?

Dependent on your role you may get a company phone to keep in touch with your clients and colleagues if you go off-site…

There’s a huge community of young people at IBM meaning you can carry on the fun outside of work!

You will be assigned an Early Professional Manager to oversee your personal and professional development…

You’ll also be given a company laptop so that you can work on the go…

You will also benefit from IBM rewards – offering discounted cinema tickets, high street store discounts and more!

Online Training

At IBM we have many training opportunities to support you in your role. IBM Skills Gateway is a free online learning portal that you can access to obtain widely recognised Digital Certifications by completing virtual learning journeys - you don’t have to be part of IBM to complete them! This is a great way to enhance your CV, so have a go! ibm.com/training

Application Process for School Leavers

You do not need to have any prior work experience; instead we’re looking for enthusiastic, driven and innovative individuals, with a passion for business and technology.

All Apprenticeships

 

Futures Scheme

The IPAT is IBM's specially created online aptitude test. The test assesses you on two different categories of numerical reasoning: numerical series and numerical reasoning. 

The WSI is a Work Style Inventory Test.

The IPAT is IBM's specially created online aptitude test. The test assesses you on two different categories of numerical reasoning: numerical series and numerical reasoning. 

IBM Assessment Centres will typically require candidates to complete two group exercises, one being based on logical reasoning and the other being on based on discussion.
Candidates will also complete an individual interview where they will show a pre-prepared presentation.

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