IT Support Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

Great Baddow High School (Employer)

QA Apprenticeships (Training Provider)

Annual wage £10,400.00
37.5 hours per week TBC upon interview.
15 months (duration)
22 November 2021(start date)
Information communications technician (apprenticeship standard)
12 November 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

The purpose of the role is to provide high quality technical services for staff and pupils/students. You will work proactively and reactively to maintain reliable technical services working hands-on to provide appropriate solutions. All technical staff will contribute to the delivery of an outstanding and robust IT Service across the school.


Opportunities to develop and excel in accountable projects will be reviewed annually via the appraisal procedures of the school. 

The IT Operations & Production Technician will ensure that they deliver work that is efficient, effective, reliable, fit for purpose and can adapt to changing circumstances. All staff are required to work flexibly and in a way that encourages a positive work environment that is solution focused and proactive for all. 

Main responsibilities: 

  • Responding to requests for support either in person, telephone, email or via the electronic service desk, initial problem diagnosis, advise and escalation when a solution is not readily found.
  • Proactive maintenance checks of computer assets, audio visual setups and general IT equipment around the site with an aim to logging and resolving any issues found.
  • Assisting staff with IT equipment in the classrooms and our venue facilities.
  • Maintenance and Support of our Printer Fleet
  • Repair of network cabling infrastructure including sockets, patching and data cabinets
  • Maintaining our digital video library, capturing of TV programs, video conversion and subtitles as required to support the teaching staff.
  • Keeping comprehensive records of all equipment and resources maintained by the department
  • Proactive monitoring and maintenance of whole school technical production equipment ensuring it compliance.
  • Promote adherence to ICT policies, including those relating to safeguarding, internet usage, Data Protection, Information Management, and reporting any concerns.
  • Undertaking continued professional development in line with the IT strategy.

Provide help with: 

  • Installation of images, applications and updates on laptops and desktop PC's.
  • Laptop and desktop replacement projects.
  • Cloud platform management and integration.
  • Installation and upgrades of network equipment and cabling.
  • Installation and upgrades of server infrastructure and services.
  • Installation of various new equipment as well as support other large procurement projects from research to final project delivery.
  • Recovering staff and pupil work from the backup system.
  • Managing and controlling the school internet filters.
  • Support for computer use in examinations.
  • Contribute to IT projects involving the selection, development and implementation of IT systems to enable the academy in line with the IT Strategy Plan. 

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

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

  • Working knowledge of helpdesk processes
  • Effective communication skills both oral and written
  • Demonstrate tact and sensitivity in contentious situations
  • Excellent reading and writing skills
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Consistently maintains confidentiality

Qualities Required

  • Demonstrates an active interest in the development of IT.
  • Work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to prioritise work effectively.
  • Work calmly under pressure, subject to interruption and conflicting demands.
  • Effective time management.
  • Follow instructions accurately.
  • Meeting deadlines.
  • Use own initiative and work independently.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Resolve routine issues independently within general procedural framework.
  • Communicate effectively with adults and children, verbally and in writing.
  • Have high expectations of self.
  • Committed to personal and professional development.
  • Awareness of, and commitment to, equalities issues. 

Qualifications Required

Entry requirements: 

You need to have 5 GCSE’s: 

  • Maths and English (or equivalents) at grades D or above 
  • 3x GCSE’s grade A-C in any other subject 

You must not already have a qualification in a similar subject at the same level, or higher level than this apprenticeship. 

If you hold international equivalents of the above qualifications, at the time of your application you must be able to provide an official document that states how your international qualifications compare to the UK qualifications. 

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Training Provided

  • Level 3 Infrastructure Technician Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills in maths and English if required

Approximately 11% of training takes place in the QA learning centre classroom. 9% is done in the workplace, through online training, face-to-face meetings with your QA Technical Skills Coach, or developing your portfolio. The remaining time will be spent on your workplace activity.

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