Technical architect apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university course
working towards this role
You'll normally need a degree or postgraduate qualification. Relevant subjects include:
computer science or computer engineering, information management systems, business information systems, software development or mathematics.
You'll usually need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree. For postgraduate study you'll need a degree in a relevant subject.
You could get into this job through a degree apprenticeship, training as a digital and technology solutions professional. You could then move on to a digital and technology solution specialist degree apprenticeship, which is at postgraduate level.
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship/
You could start with a company in a job like programming and work your way up through internal training and promotion.
You could apply to companies directly if you've got relevant skills and knowledge.
You'll need a broad understanding of available technologies and what they can do for the client. Employers will look for a background in systems development, analysis, programming or testing.
Employers will also want to see strengths in non-technical areas like client management, communication and leadership.
Employers place importance on the ability to communicate the client's requirements to technical teams, and to manage demands on time and resources. Experience of project management methods like PRINCE2 will be helpful along with a working knowledge of project development and information management practices like Agile and ITIL.
Technical architect apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- analytical thinking skills
- maths knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- excellent verbal communication skills
- operations analysis skills
- persistence and determination
- to be flexible and open to change
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
Technical architect apprenticeships - what you'll do
In this job, you will:
- create an overall technical strategy to meet the client's requirements
- break down requirements into manageable pieces of work
- compare 'off-the-shelf' solutions with building a new IT system
- assess the risks related to different approaches
- act as a link between technical teams and project delivery managers
- explain the structure to product or service designers and developers
- make sure systems meet quality and security standards
- work with technical teams to overcome problems at each stage of development
- keep accurate records of steps and decisions taken
- advise senior managers on how to plan for their future IT needs
You could work in an office or at a client's business.
Career path and progression - Technical architect apprenticeships
With experience, you could become a senior technical architect, or specialise in a particular field, like finance or IT security.
You could also move into broader IT project management roles, strategy business planning or consultancy work.