Microsoft Apprenticeships - UK
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Microsoft Apprenticeships


Microsoft Apprenticeships are a core strand of Microsoft UK's Youth Initiative Get on; Microsoft's programme to help 300,000 young people Get Inspired, Get Skilled and Get a Job.

They are designed for and developed by Microsoft Partners to help bring new talent into the industry. Comprising Advanced and Higher Apprenticeship versions, the programme currently covers 5 areas: Infrastructure Support, Database Support, Developer, Technical Sales and IT Applications/ Business Administration. It is delivered by 8 core learning partners in England: QA, Baltic Training, Remit IT Academy, IT Skillsman, Firebrand, YouTrain (Scotland), Global Knowledge and Tech City Stars.

The programme was rolled out nationally in 2010 and since then has grown from strength to strength. Over 2,100 apprentices started their careers in Microsoft Partners and Customers in 2013/14 and we are expect a further to start 3,500 in 2014/15.

92% of apprentices stay with the company with which they started their apprenticeship and are statistically more loyal to the business so if you are interested in developing your next generation workforce then find out more form the links below.

Training partners


QA Apprenticeships, the first Ofsted 'Outstanding' IT apprenticeships business, is a multi-award winning provider of IT, developer, digital marketing and business services apprenticeships. QA's programme has won Apprenticeship Programme of the Year three years running and 94% of QA Apprentices secure permanent jobs at the end of their apprenticeship.


Our programmes and delivery models are tailored to meet individual needs. We are committed to changing and shaping the lives of young people providing them with the best training, qualifications and learning experience possible in order to ensure they have the skills and knowledge required to be the IT specialists of the future.

IT Skillsman

IT Skillsman offers a remote IT apprenticeship using Microsoft Lync as a virtual classroom and assessment tool. We enable businesses and young people based anywhere in the country to participate in the Microsoft Apprenticeship whilst maximising apprentice productivity ensuring your apprentice spends more time as an active member of the team.


Remit IT Academy offer Apprenticeships in IT Technical Sales, Technical Support, Software Developer and Application Specialist. The latter apprenticeships can be delivered via distance learning in addition to academy attendance which means 1:1 tuition for learners either in work time or outside work hours, thereby minimising employer costs.


Get more from your apprenticeship. Unlike normal programmes, Firebrand apprentices aren't on day release - they're a full-time employee. The programme includes five weeks of intense, residential training throughout the year. Between these training weeks, the employer can focus on giving the apprentice the best work experience possible.

PDS Group

PDS Group, a division of Global Knowledge, is a leading apprenticeship consultancy in the UK. Its expertise includes Human Resources, Learning and Development, IT, Telecommunications, Sales, Service Management and Project Management. Founded in 2005, it has a highly skilled team of specialist consultants who work with large blue chip corporate clients.

Delivery methods range from traditional face-to-face classroom and residential 'bootcamps' as well fully remote using Microsoft Technology (Lync) as a virtual classroom and assessment tool. The programme is split between training and applying the knowledge in the workplace. Learning is front-loaded to build the apprentices usable skillset as quickly as possible whilst maintaining time in the workplace with all apprentices working towards relevant Microsoft Certifications.


  • Apprentice of the Year
    Microsoft held its annual Apprentice of the Year reception at the Houses of Parliament on 23 June. Now in its 3rd year, the event is designed to celebrate the successes of the programme, both apprentices and employers.
  • Company case study (by City & Guilds)
    City & Guilds has worked closely with Microsoft to develop remote assessments for their apprenticeships. Bryn, an apprentice at ADM Computing, talks about how remote assessment works in practice and his own experiences.
  • Apprentice case study
    Joshua grew up in a "dog eat dog" part of town and dreamed of being a gangster. Fortunately for him and his family, Joshua was able to divert from that path, all for the better.