Study, qualify & work in IT
The companies we work with love ex Armed Forces staff as they know you are smartly presented, committed and disciplined.
Many organisations also require security cleared staff and you tick that box too.
You have an opportunity to build a career in IT and Cyber Security through us by using your ELCAS funding for your studies and us placing you in an IT Field Technician role with our partner company that provides IT services to organisations across the UK.
The process is easy…
First, you use your ELCAS funding to pay for your studies and exams. Next you start studying and we place you in an IT Field Technician role. You gain practical experience and build your portfolio of professional skills.
While working in your new job, you continue your studies and taking exams. You progress your studies from IT technical to Networking and then onto Cyber Security.
At the end of the first part of the programme you are working in IT, have studied 3 courses and passed 4 official exams. In the second part of your programme you have the option to use further ELCAS funding if available to you, study further and specialise in Cyber Security.
Throughout your studies you are supported by a student care team that consists of mentors, tutors and recruitment consultants.
Recruitment, training and building careers is what we excel at. We are an approved learning provider for the MoD (Ministry of Defence) and a member of their Enhanced Learning Credit Provider List: ELCAS Provider ID: 6447.
No previous experience is necessary, however if you enjoy learning about technology and helping people, then you are ideally suited.
As most of the job opportunities are field based, there are a greater number of opportunities that require a UK driver’s license and a car.
Some organisations are not easily accessible with public transport and field engineers are sometimes required to transport equipment.
A travel allowance is available with most opportunities (details do differ).
Start working while you are studying…
ALL YOU NEED TO SUCCEED
From the moment you register with us, you will have expert support throughout your journey with us.
Our specialist recruitment consultants support you each step of the way in your job placement. While our qualified tutors and mentors provide you with all the support you need to learn new skills and qualify.
ALL THE SUPPORT AND HELP YOU NEED, YOU WILL HAVE:
- Official, accredited ELCAS approved courses
- A qualified tutor to provide support with course questions
- Your own mentor to pro-actively support and motivate you
- A personalised study plan to help make studying easier
- Labs to get practical experience
- Heaps of revision questions and quizzes
- Exam revision support
- Official Exams
PLUS, YOU GET THE FOLLOWING CAREER SERVICES AND SUPPORT:
- Your own specialist recruitment consultant
- A professional CV review and rewrite
- An updated LinkedIn profile
- Access to a job in IT with our partner company
- Access to our recruitment team if our job opportunity is not suitable for you
- Interview support
- Job seeking support
- Job/ Money-back guarantee
ELCAS approved Courses:
Below are the core courses of this package, other courses could be added to help you gain extra knowledge and skills.
Stage 1 (use ELCAS funding to help you with Stage 1 studies):
CompTIA A+ (2 exams)
A+ is the starting point for a career in IT, certifying foundation IT skills.
We help you start working in your first IT job straight after completing the CompTIA A+ course, passing an internal assessment and attending an assessment day/workshop. You can then carry on with your studies.
CompTIA Network+ (1 exam)
Network+ certifies the essential skills needed to confidently, design, configure, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless devices.
CompTIA Security+ (1 exam)
Security+ provides the global benchmark for best practices in IT network and operational security.
Stage 2 (use ELCAS funding again in year 2 to help you with your intermediate studies):
CompTIA CySA+ (1 exam)
Cybersecurity Analyst applies behavioural analytics to improve the overall state of IT Security.
CompTIA Pentest+ (1 exam)
Pentest+ is an intermediate course focusing on penetration testing to manage vulnerabilities on a network
Certified Ethical Hacker (1 exams)
The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), is the most comprehensive ethical hacking course for IT Security professionals to master the fundamentals of ethical hacking.
Career Path and Possible Annual Salaries
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
These are some of our most frequently asked questions. Please fill out the form below for one of our Career Advisors to call you to answer any further questions you have and to help you get your new career journey started.
Are your courses ELCAS approved?
Yes, they must be, each course in this study package is approved by ELCAS.
Use your ELCAS funding to help pay for your courses and exams so you can start a rewarding career. Typically, you will pay a 20% contribution. We are a member of the Enhanced Learning Credit Provider list: ELCAS Provider ID: 6447. You can find further information about your level of funding on the ELCAS website. Our Advisors can advise where needed.
Are exams and live labs included?
4 official CompTIA exams are included in addition to cutting-edge live labs for each course. Exams include both CompTIA A+ exams, the CompTIA Network+ exam and the CompTIA Security+ exam.
In addition to the 5-day practical workshop after studying the A+, you have access to official labs for each course to get practical experience. These are official CompTIA practice labs.
How long before I can start working?
That depends on how long it takes you to complete your first course, pass our internal assessment and attend a one-day assessment/ 5-day workshop with our partner company. Typically, as you are security cleared, your first role will start within 4 weeks of you having completed the 5-day practical workshop. Having a UK driver's license, and a car open more opportunities and enable us to get you placed sooner.
Where are your jobs located?
The IT Field Technician opportunities are found across the UK. In some geographical areas and closer to main cities in England there are more opportunities. We do not have opportunities in Northern Ireland. If you are from Northern Ireland or other remote parts of the UK, please talk to our advisors about other opportunities like our IT Support placement programme.
Why will I benefit working for your partner company?
Our partner company is a technical services company established over 30 years ago that provides technical services to some of the biggest private and public sector organisations across the UK. You will benefit from hands on practical experience in a professional IT environment which will enable you to grow your professional portfolio of skills.
How does your job guarantee work?
There is a growing skills shortage in IT and especially IT Security in the UK. In addition, there is always a shortage of security cleared IT professionals. We work with one of the largest IT services companies in the UK to continually supply them with entry level security cleared staff. If their opportunities are not suitable for you, we also have an experienced recruitment team that work with you to get you a role in a professional IT environment. In the unlikely event that you have gained your first 3 certifications, have worked with our recruitment team and you have not secured a job placement within 1year of passing your final exam, we will refund you your 20% contribution you paid towards your studies. This is subject to you working proactively with our recruitment team. It is also subject to our Terms and Conditions / Terms of Learning.
I’m already working, can I study around my current job?
Yes, this study and placement programme is designed for HM Forces personnel looking to start a new career in civvy street in addition to ex HM Forces personnel that may be working in jobs not aligned to their career goals.
Once I complete my studies, can I study further?
Yes, there is a second tier of intermediate ELCAS approved courses you can study after completing the stage 1 courses in this package. That includes the CompTIA CySA+ that applies behavioural analytics to networks and devices to combat security threats, followed by the CompTIA PenTest+ which focuses on penetration testing and vulnerability management. In addition, the CEH Certified Ethical Hacker is an option to consider.
Can you tailor a study package for me?
Yes, we can tailor an ELCAS approved study package for you based on your experience level or taking into consideration studies you have already completed.
What if I have other questions?
Please chat to us and we will help answer any questions you have.