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IT Apprenticeships

We partner with QA training to offer award-winning IT Apprenticeships to young adults interested in a career in IT. Since 2012, nineteen apprentices have joined our team and learned from highly experienced professionals.

What does the IT apprenticeship offer?

  • a 2 year fixed term contract
  • an 'earn as you learn' experience
  • development and training opportunities
  • mentors to guide you through your apprenticeship
  • learning on the job

We support our IT apprentices by putting them through their paces in mock interview scenarios, ask them to carry out presentations to build their confidence in public speaking and provide guidance with job applications and CVs.

Why choose an IT apprenticeship at the University of St Andrews?

  • Multi award-winning scheme
  • 100% employment success rate – all our apprentices so far have secured 
    full-time jobs at the end of their contract 
  • Earn while you learn from experienced IT professionals
  • Opportunities to follow your desired IT career path

Our apprentices are also offered weekly placements in other departments or IT organisations to expand their skills and experience. By the end of the 2-year contract, they have an enviable CV ready to apply for the jobs they wish to pursue.

To celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018 (March 5-9), we ran a television’s Apprentice-style challenge aimed at raising awareness of the success and benefits of running such schemes. You can view a short film of the event at:

Our scheme is recognised by the IT industry. Our achievements so far are:

  • 100% employment success rate
  • Microsoft Apprentice Employer of the Year 2016
  • Microsoft Apprentice of the Year 2014 — Sam Foster
  • Microsoft Apprentice of the Year 2016 finalist — Greg Jennings
  • UCISA Award for Excellence 2016 for our IT apprenticeships scheme
  • SDS Public Sector Employer of the Year 2015 finalist
  • BCS Most Promising Young IT Professional 2015 - Dhani McDiarmid

What roles are available?

Since 2012, we have recruited apprentices in various roles such as:

  • IT Service Desk Analyst
  • Desktop Technician
  • Audiovisual (AV) Technician
  • Telecommunications Officer
  • Web Developer
  • Office 365 Technician

What do I need to apply?

You need to meet QA's entry requirements to be considered for our roles. We look for:

  • a minimum of 5 CfE Level 4 or above, to include English and Maths
  • a good general knowledge and interest in computing/computers
  • enthusiasm, commitment and a customer care approach

How do I apply?

Our applicant shortlisting is carried out by QA, therefore you need to register on the QA website should you wish to apply for any of our vacancies.

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Contact the IT Service Desk

Log a call using IT Self-Service
(01334 46) 3333
 Message us on Skype for Business
(Mon - Fri, 09:00 - 17:00)

Level 2
University Library
North Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9TR

Opening Hours
Mon - Fri
: 08:30-18:00
(front desk support
from 09:00)

Sat: 10:00-17:00
Sun: 11:00-18:00

The IT Service Desk is closed
for staff training on Fridays
between 09:30 and 10:30