Technical author apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university courseapplying directlycompleting specialised training courses
You'll usually need a degree or postgraduate qualification in a subject like:
You can do technical communication and writing courses at postgraduate level. You'll usually need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree. You'll need a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study.
You can apply to companies directly. Employers will expect you to have in-depth industry knowledge and experience of writing and editing in their sector.
You'll need to show you can research and interpret complex information and communicate it clearly. You'll also need to know about:
- content planning and strategy
- writing to brand style or other guidelines
- user behaviour - how people read and absorb information
- project management
You may be able to find work after doing short, specialised training courses in:
The Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators may have details of short courses like these and how to find them.
Technical author apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of English language
- excellent written communication skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- knowledge of media production and communication
- thinking and reasoning skills
- administration skills
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Technical author apprenticeships - what you'll do
In your day-to-day duties you could:
- collect and edit complex information
- produce new documents like manuals and instructions
- update or rewrite existing documents
- commission photographs or illustrations
- work on digital or multi-channel content like blogs, e-learning or podcasts
- test what you've written with content users
You could work in an office or from home.
Career path and progression - Technical author apprenticeships
With experience, you could become a technical author for a larger organisation, or move into technical editing.