Cisco Systems Inc

IT Degree Apprentice - 19533


Cisco Systems Inc

Training Provider:


Annual wage £17,500.00
37.5 hours per week Monday - Friday, hours TBC with the employer.
duration: 3 years
start: 27 July 2020
Degree(level 6)
Digital and technology solutions professional (apprenticeship standard)
30 positions available
27 March 2020 (application closing date)
You will work on a 3-year Program where you will build your professional experience, whilst completing a degree alongside. You’ll be given support and guidance to understand how your passion and skills best fit within Cisco. You’ll be advised by your Manager to pursue relevant rotations in the business areas available that play to your strengths.


Key Responsibilities of the Apprentice:

  • You’ll be at the cutting edge of our exciting technology; watching things evolve and new things created
  • Get to meet hundreds of Cisco employees from all over the world; building contacts, working with the best and learning from the experts
  • Partner with international brands to deliver solutions to their business problems.
  • Manage projects that ensure we deliver on our contracts with customers, communicating with stakeholders and hitting deadlines
  • Design, test, and deploy our technology and understand the engineering behind it in order to break and fix it
  • Analyse and unpick what our data means to inform what and how we do our work
  • Help local communities by ‘giving back’ to fundraise, volunteer time and raise awareness of local causes

Future Prospects

92% of QA Apprentices secure permanent employment after finishing their apprenticeship.  Additionally there may be opportunities to undertake further apprenticeship training as many of our programs offer on-going development tracks. 

Reality Check


  • At Cisco, we love to give back to the Community, and we encourage staff to do so by giving employees 5 days off (in addition to their Paid Time off) to give back to a cause that they care about. 
  • For your birthday, you get a duvet day off which you can take off either 5 days before or after the day.
  • Voted World’s No. 1 Employer to work for
  • Salary increases each year of the 3-year program 
  • Opportunity to progress onto a Master’s Degree Apprenticeship 
  • Gateway to Graduate opportunities at Cisco 
  • Attractive bonus package 
  • Life Assurance
  • Cisco Perks Program (i.e. discounts at national shops / reduced cinema tickets)
  • Health & Dental care

Important Information: 
QA’s apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education.
To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years.

Skills Required

Someone who:

  • Has a passion for technology
  • Is motivated to learn and has the ambition & drive to succeed
  • Uses a methodical approach, has good organisational skills and takes responsibility for their work 
  • Is focused on achieving results
  • Communicates well and shows enthusiasm for what they work on 

Qualities Required

  • Has the ability to persevere and remain resilient and patient
  • Can work independently, once shown what to do

Qualifications Required

  • A-Levels in ICT/Business/Computing
  • Or an Apprenticeship in a similar subject (this must be at least the level below the planned programme) 
  • Or an International Baccalaureate at level 3 in ICT 
  • Or a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (180 credits) 

Training Provided

  • Level 6 - Digital and technology solutions professional standard
  • Functional Skills if required 

The pattern of study is designed to fit around full-time employment and uses a blended learning approach, which mixes distance learning, work-based study and attendance at on-campus study days. 

Further details of training will be discussed upon interview. 

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