This course represents an ideal opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge. It includes using advanced IT application software in creating and amending many types of formatted information such as documents, diagrams, spreadsheets and presentations; maintaining simple websites; using the Internet to find and exchange information; and using social media to disseminate information.
You need GCSE English and Maths grades A - D (Grade 5 or above). You will have an interview prior to your enrolment on this course and you will be required to sit an initial English and maths diagnostic assessment and a skillscan. Your assessor will carry these out at your workplace. In addition to good literacy and numeracy skills, you will need to be well motivated and self-disciplined.
You can choose to take 38 credits from a broad variety of unit options relevant to your job. These will be discussed in detail with your assessor. Mandatory units are: Improving Productivity Using ICT; Understanding the Potential of IT; and Developing Personal and Team Effectiveness Using IT.
Learners are also required to complete Functional Skills - English Level 1, Maths Level 1 and ICT Level 2 - plus Employment Rights and Responsibilities.
A dedicated mentor and assessor will support and guide you towards the qualification, with assessment taking place both on and off the job. Training in Employment Rights and Responsibilities and Functional Skills will be delivered via a flexible approach, depending on your experience.
All materials will be provided by Derby College.
You could progress to the Level 3 IT Application Specialist, job role permitting, or further apprenticeships in fields such as customer service, administration or team leading at Level 2.
Working for prestigious knitwear brand John Smedley has brought marketing apprentice Sam Lavelle lots of exciting opportunities – not least meeting the Prime Minister at London Fashion Week.Sam, who is taking digital marketing qualifications via Derby College as part of his apprenticeship, was among a number of UK fashion apprentices who spoke with Theresa May during the event.The Prime Minister was there to champion the UK's fashion industry – and highlight the vital contribution apprenticeships make in ensuring the sector remains a global leader.Sam, who has been with John Smedley since April, is delighted to have the chance to work alongside highly experienced and knowledgeable people on a daily basis.He is also enjoying working towards an OCR in IT through Derby College which will further his digital marketing skills.Sam said:
It's great. My tutors are supportive and I'm assessed in the workplace so I don't have to go into college. A lot of my learning is done online, which is also very convenient, and my assessors are flexible with meetings.
"Digital marketing is a big part of my role at John Smedley and I'm heavily involved in producing social media and other written website content for the company's central hub.