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Your Questions Answered

  1. 1. Strategic Systems Solutions Advanced IT Apprenticeship Your Questions Answered Author: John Merchant
  2. 2. Advanced IT Apprenticeship – Your Questions Answered Purpose The purpose of this document is to provide further information and answers to expected questions about the Advanced IT Apprenticeship. This is to be run by Strategic Systems Solutions in partnership with Leeds College of Technology. Document Control Revision History Date Issue Description Author 26-Mar-2008 V1.0 Initial version John Merchant Approvals This document requires the approval of the following people. Where approval is given by email, they will be stored in the project files with the relevant document. Name Title Signature Date Distribution This document has been distributed to the following people: Name Title Date Supplements The following supporting documents should be read or referenced with this document: Document Location Disclaimer The information contained within this document is and shall remain the property of Strategic Systems Solutions Ltd. This document is supplied in strict confidence and must not be produced in whole or in part, used in tendering or for manufacturing purposes or given or communicated to any third party without the prior consent of Strategic Systems Solutions Ltd. © Strategic Systems Solutions Ltd, 2008 Strategic Systems Solutions {2} www.sssworldwide.com
  3. 3. Advanced IT Apprenticeship – Your Questions Answered Contents Would You Like... ............................................................................................................4 What are we offering?...................................................................................................................4 What is the Format of the Apprenticeship Program?.....................................................................4 What are the supporting Industry and Professional Qualifications?...............................................4 Interested? Then Read On… ....................................................................................... 5 Who are Strategic Systems Solutions?..........................................................................................5 Who are the Leeds College of Technology?..................................................................................5 Who will be providing the Training?...............................................................................................5 What type of Work Experience will I receive?................................................................................5 What is the future for Mainframe Technology?..............................................................................5 Where and When? ...........................................................................................................6 Where will I be Located?...............................................................................................................6 When would I Start?......................................................................................................................6 What Hours will I Work?................................................................................................................6 What will I Earn?............................................................................................................................6 Are you the Right Person?........................................................................................... 7 What Qualifications do I Need?.....................................................................................................7 What is the Recruitment Process?.................................................................................................7 Contacts.............................................................................................................................8 Strategic Systems Solutions {3} www.sssworldwide.com
  4. 4. Advanced IT Apprenticeship – Your Questions Answered Would You Like... What are we offering? Through the apprenticeship program, Strategic Systems Solutions (SSS) and Leeds College Technology (LCT) are offering the opportunity to:  Start a challenging and interesting career in IT.  Work with the world’s biggest firms.  Complete comprehensive training in IT, business and personal skills.  Gain recognised educational, industry and professional qualifications.  Earn good money whilst doing so. What is the Format of the Apprenticeship Program? There are four elements that need to be achieved to gain an Advanced Apprenticeship:  BTEC National Award Level 3 IT Practitioner – Six classroom based modules covering general IT skills.  NVQ Level 3 IT Professional – Six to eight modules covering general IT skills that are assessed in the workplace.  Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) – Standard element covering Employee and Employer expectations, guidelines and rules.  Key Skills Level 2 Application of Number and Communication – Standard element that can be waived if you have GCSE Grade C or above in English and Mathematics. The program will last two years; split between eight months training and sixteen months work experience. It will start with a four month training block concentrating on the core mainframe skills. For the remaining twenty month, students will study one day per week for the BTEC element and gain work experience for the other four days each week towards their NVQ. What are the supporting Industry and Professional Qualifications? IBM has developed a mainframe training and certification framework that parallels much of the apprenticeship program. The intention is to cover their syllabus and sit the supporting examinations to gain the certification. The British Computing Society (BCS) in conjunction with the Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB) run a series of certifications covering core IT skills at both Foundation and Practitioner level. Testing will be included in the program. This will be progressed through a self–study program using training notes, reference books, CDs and online resources with supporting workshops. Finally the Securities and Investment Institute oversee a wide range of financial training and qualifications. One such program is the Investment Administration Qualification (IAQ) that starts with an ‘Introduction to Securities and Investments’ to give the necessary background to the financial and investment banking world. This continues with ‘IT in Investment Operations’ that covers the use of IT within Investment Banking. You can complete your IAQ by studying a third topic related to the business area that you are assigned to. Each of the three topics will also be on a self-study basis, as above, with supporting workshops. Strategic Systems Solutions {4} www.sssworldwide.com
  5. 5. Advanced IT Apprenticeship – Your Questions Answered Interested? Then Read On… Who are Strategic Systems Solutions? SSS is a global IT services and consultancy focused on the Financial Services sector. We have offices across the UK and in the US, China, Singapore and the Philippines. Our business is responsible for the development, maintenance, testing and support of computer systems for many of the world’s leading Investment Banks. Please visit the SSS website to find out more: www.sssworldwide.com Who are the Leeds College of Technology? LCT is based in and around Leeds city centre. They are recognised by the government as one of the country’s best vocational training centres providing qualifications that are nationally recognised and approved. Students have access to state of the art technology and equipment, the ‘Learning Base’ library, computers and internet. Please visit the LCT website to find out more: www.lct.ac.uk Who will be providing the Training? The core elements: Key Skills, BTEC, NVQ and ERR will be provided by LCT through their standard course program, tutors and facilities. The specific mainframe skills will be delivered by experienced SSS trainers following a tried and tested development program. Other elements such as IT and financial qualification will be delivered through a mixture of self-study using resources such as notes, text books, CDs and the internet, and SSS led mentoring and workshops. What type of Work Experience will I receive? All students will be assigned to SSS client teams and projects or internal projects when not studying. During these periods you will be expected to build up your portfolio of evidence that will be assessed to meet the NVQ element of the program. The project or team leader and other team members supported by the Training Group will ensure you receive the necessary support and mentoring to learn about the clients systems and deliver the actual work required. Initially you will be assigned simple tasks to build your skill and understanding with appropriate supervision. As your ability, confidence and experience grows you will get the opportunity to take more responsibility and independence for specific work; tackling bigger requirements, right the way through the development process and working more closely with the client. What is the future for Mainframe Technology? Despite the rising influence of the Internet and the PC mainframe technology still underpins many of the world’s business systems and will continue to do so; especially within our clients. Most IT training concentrates on ‘newer’ languages such as Java or C#. As a result no youngsters are coming through to provide mainframe developers and the team or project leaders of the future. This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable and much needed skills in the market place. In addition you will receive a solid grounding in general IT skills such as analysis, development and testing coupled with supporting business and financial skills to start your IT career. Strategic Systems Solutions {5} www.sssworldwide.com
  6. 6. Advanced IT Apprenticeship – Your Questions Answered Where and When? Where will I be Located? All apprentices will be based in the SSS Leeds Office in the City Centre on Queen Street off Wellington Street. Training will be split between this office and the Leeds College of Technology. Depending on the requirements of your work experience assignments you may need to travel to other SSS offices or client sites. If so travel, accommodation and expenses will be arranged by your Office Administrator. When would I Start? The start date will be in Sep2008; possibly Mon01Sep. What Hours will I Work? Like all SSS UK staff you will be expected to work a standard 38 hour week from Monday to Friday. SSS operates a flexitime system that does not specify particular start and finish times or core hours. You will however be expected to be in the office to attend timetabled training activities and meet the needs of your team and project when on internal or client assignments. A good proportion of your training and work will require you to manage your own time in a professional manner to meet your needs and those of your colleagues or assigned teams and projects. You will also receive time off for all UK Bank Holidays and 23 days additional annual paid holiday. Again these holidays will need to be arranged and agreed around the training timetable or your team and project. What will I Earn? Your starting salary will be £10K / year. This will be paid in equal amounts on the last working day on or before the 26th of each month to your specified bank account. Dependent on meeting certain performance requirements your salary will increase by £500 every six months during the training program. The performance criteria will cover general areas such as attendance, timekeeping and effort and the successfully completion of SSS, LCT and external projects, assignments, tests and assessments. Strategic Systems Solutions {6} www.sssworldwide.com
  7. 7. Advanced IT Apprenticeship – Your Questions Answered Are you the Right Person? What Qualifications do I Need? We require a minimum of 5 GCSEs, at grade C or above, including English and Maths. In addition you will currently be studying for, or already passed, at least 2 ‘A/S’ or ‘A’ Levels or their equivalent. GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above will automatically exempt you from the need to pass Key Skills Level 2 Application of Number and Communication. This is a standard element of every apprenticeship. Ideally you will have an interest in IT but it is not necessary that you already have or are looking to get a specific IT qualification. As the program planned is intensive, it is more important that you have a committed and hard working attitude to ensure that you complete it successfully. What is the Recruitment Process? The first step is to complete the Leeds College of Technology standard application form for apprenticeships. In the appropriate sections, note in Section 2 that you are specifically interested in the SSS apprenticeship and tailor your answers accordingly where appropriate. The form can be downloaded from:  www.sssworldwide.comcareersapprentices The college will then review the forms, select candidates and conduct initial interviews with guidance and support from SSS. A short list of candidates will then undergo a second interview with both the LCT and SSS. Successful applicants will then be offered a place on the program. Strategic Systems Solutions {7} www.sssworldwide.com
  8. 8. Advanced IT Apprenticeship – Your Questions Answered Contacts If you have any further questions or want to know more please contact: John Merchant Delivery Manager – Leeds Strategic Systems Solutions Coronet House Queen Street Leeds LS1 2TW Office: +44 (0) 113 389 2622 Mobile: +44 (0) 7968 471502 Email: john.merchant@sssworldwide.com Web: www.sssworldwide.com Theresa Backhouse Employer Liaison Officer Leeds College of Technology Cookridge Street Leeds LS2 8BL Office: +44 (0) 113 2976483 Mobile: +44 (0) 7766 070294 Email: t.backhoue@lct.ac.uk Web: www.lct.ac.uk Strategic Systems Solutions {8} www.sssworldwide.com

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