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Who are risual Education?

After developing our own risual academy scheme to create our own skilled workforce, we identified a need for a comprehensive IT apprenticeship scheme across the UK for other employers. risual invested in a Solutions Team of both educators to work with risual, Microsoft’s UK Partner of the Year 2015, to bridge the gap between industry and education.  risual understand what the IT sector needs from an apprentice, and along with the benefits of academic experts in our team an at our partner colleges we can offer the unique scheme we deliver to our own apprentices to employers across the UK.

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Our Pledge

We drive innovation in technology and work alongside Microsoft to enhance teaching and learning, enabling students to develop the digital literacy skills they need to be effective members of the workforce. The risual academies strategic vision has been designed using the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers and focuses on Technology Literacy, Knowledge Deepening and Knowledge Creation.

risual academy is exactly the sort of co-ordination that is bringing great benefits to the economy and to local people.

– William Hague, Former First Secretary of State

 

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For Apprentices

risual education first and foremost deliver an apprenticeship scheme with substantial training, the development of transferable skills and real long term career prospects. By working with risual education and our partner college to hire apprentices, employers will grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce, from level 2 to graduate level. We offer a way for people of all ages to earn while they learn, gaining real skills, Microsoft relevant qualifications, knowledge and a real future.

risual education apprenticeships are designed to support employers to improve the skills within their workforce and reduce the impact on their business from the growing shortage of digital skills. Working in partnership with Microsoft, risual Apprenticeships give learners the opportunity to achieve industry recognised Microsoft qualifications supported by outstanding, industry qualified assessors. The key priority of the risual Apprenticeship scheme is to support the IT Industry with skills and meeting strategic priorities by creating an aspirational and innovative enterprise culture.

Our Employer Engagement Manager will work with you to identify your training needs, support the recruitment of your apprentices and guide you through as aspects of your training package. Typically apprentices will attend college one day per week and our assessors will visit apprentices in the workplace every 4 -6 weeks and work with you to support their progression.

Apprenticeship frameworks

Level 2 - IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals

Through this apprenticeship, your apprentice will learn the skills, knowledge and competence required to become an IT professional in a wide range of job roles.
Our programme combines skills and knowledge with employment in an IT role, meaning that apprentices are gaining both the knowledge and practical experience required to add value to the business.
Apprentices undertake a relevant L2 knowledge diploma through classroom delivery, a L2 QCF diploma in their workplace and upskill in ICT, Maths and English with the support of an academic expert where required. Our delivery model ensures that apprentices receive a high level of academic training combined with industry relevant training and development.

Level 3 - IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals

Through this advanced apprenticeship, your apprentice will learn the skills, knowledge and competence required to become an IT professional in a wide range of job roles.
Our programme combines skills and knowledge with employment in an IT role, meaning that apprentices are gaining both the knowledge and practical experience required to add value to the business.
Apprentices undertake a relevant L3 knowledge diploma through classroom delivery, a L3 QCF diploma in their workplace and upskill in ICT, Maths and English with the support of an academic expert where required. Our delivery model ensures that apprentices receive a high level of academic training combined with industry relevant training and development.

Level 4 - IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals

Through this higher apprenticeship, your apprentice will learn the skills, knowledge and competence required to become an IT professional in a wide range of job roles.
Our programme combines skills and knowledge with employment in an IT role, meaning that apprentices are gaining both the knowledge and practical experience required to add value to the business.
Apprentices undertake a relevant L4 knowledge diploma through classroom delivery and a L4 QCF diploma in their workplace. Our delivery model ensures that apprentices receive a high level of academic training combined with industry relevant training and support. 

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Apprenticeship Standards

 

Level 3

Digital Marketer

Through this apprenticeship, your apprentice will gain the technical skills, knowledge and competence required in their role.

We will support them as they prepare for independent end-point assessment by producing a portfolio of workplace evidence and completing a synoptic project. We will support you in identifying when your apprentice meets the standard required to receive an employer reference. Apprentices will also be supported to upskill in Maths and English by academic experts.

This apprenticeship contains 3 knowledge modules that can include individual professional qualifications, eg. MTA HTML 5.

Our delivery model ensures that apprentices receive a high level of academic training combined with industry relevant training and development.

Infrastructure Technician

Through this apprenticeship, your apprentice will learn the technical skills, knowledge and competence required in their role.

We support them as they prepare for independent end-point assessment by producing a portfolio of workplace evidence and completing a synoptic project. We support you in identifying when your apprentice meets the standard required to receive an employer reference. They will also be supported to upskill in Maths and English by academic experts.

This programme includes 5 knowledge modules that can include professional qualifications. E.g. MTA Network fundamentals and MTA Server Administration.

This delivery ensures that apprentices receive a high level of academic training combined with industry relevant training.

Software Development Technician

Through this apprenticeship, your apprentice will gain the technical skills, knowledge and competence required to work in an IT role and add value to the business.

We will support them as they prepare for independent end-point assessment by producing a portfolio of workplace evidence and completing a synoptic project. We will support you in identifying when your apprentice meets the standard required to receive an employer reference. Apprentices will also be supported to upskill in Maths and English by academic experts.

Our delivery model ensures that apprentices receive a high level of academic training combined with industry relevant training and development.

IT Technical Salesperson

Through this apprenticeship, your apprentice will gain the technical skills, knowledge and competence required to work in an IT Sales role and add value to the business.

We will support them as they prepare for independent end-point assessment by producing a portfolio of workplace evidence and completing a synoptic project. We will support you in identifying when your apprentice meets the standard required to receive an employer reference. Apprentices will also be supported to upskill in Maths and English by academic experts.

Our delivery model ensures that apprentices receive a high level of academic training combined with industry relevant training and development.

Unified Communications Technician

Through this apprenticeship, your apprentice will gain the technical skills, knowledge and competence required to work in their job role and add value to the business.

We will support them as they prepare for independent end-point assessment by producing a portfolio of workplace evidence and completing a synoptic project. We will support you in identifying when your apprentice meets the standard required to receive an employer reference. Apprentices will also be supported to upskill in Maths and English by academic experts.

Our delivery model ensures that apprentices receive a high level of academic training combined with industry relevant training and development

Level 4

Cyber Intrusion Analyst

Through this apprenticeship, your apprentice will gain the technical skills, knowledge and competence required for a range of job roles.

We will support your apprentices as they prepare for independent end-point assessment by producing a portfolio of workplace evidence and completing a synoptic project. We will support you in identifying when your apprentice meets the standard required to receive an employer reference. Apprentices will also be supported to upskill in Maths and English by academic experts.

Through this programme your apprentices will also achieve 5 Ofqual regulated knowledge modules.

Our delivery model ensures that apprentices receive a high level of academic training combined with industry relevant training and development.

 

Cyber Intrusion Technologist

Through this apprenticeship, your apprentice will learn the technical skills, knowledge and competence required for a range of job roles.

We will support your apprentices as they prepare for independent end-point assessment by producing a portfolio of workplace evidence and completing a synoptic project. We will support you in identifying when your apprentice meets the standard required to receive an employer reference. Apprentices will also be supported to upskill in Maths and English.

Through this programme your apprentices will also achieve two relevant knowledge modules.

Our delivery model ensures that apprentices receive a high level of academic training combined with industry relevant training and development.

Network Engineer

During this apprenticeship, your apprentice will gain the technical skills, knowledge and competence required for their role.

We support them as they prepare for independent end-point assessment by producing a portfolio of workplace evidence and completing a synoptic project. We support you to identify when your apprentice meets the standard required to receive an employer reference. Apprentices will also be supported to upskill in Maths and English by academic experts.

This programme contains 3 knowledge modules that can include professional qualifications. E.g. MCP MS Exchange Server, MTA Cloud and Mobility.

This model ensures that apprentices receive a high level of academic training combined with industry relevant training and support.

Software Developer

Through this apprenticeship, your apprentice will gain the technical skills, knowledge and competence required in their role.

We support them as they prepare for end-point assessment by producing a portfolio of workplace evidence and completing a synoptic project. We support you to identify when your apprentice meets the standard required to receive an employer reference. Apprentices will also be supported to upskill in Maths and English by academic experts.

This programme includes 2 knowledge modules that can include professional qualifications, e.g. MTA/MCP programming in HTML5 with Javascript and CSS3.

Our delivery ensures that apprentices receive a high level of academic training combined with industry relevant training and support.

Software Tester

Through this apprenticeship, your apprentice will gain the technical skills, knowledge and competence required in their role.

We support them as they prepare for independent end-point assessment by producing a portfolio of workplace evidence and completing a synoptic project. We support you in identifying when your apprentice meets the standard required to receive an employer reference. Apprentices are supported to upskill in Maths and English by academic experts.

The programme contains 2 knowledge modules that can include professional qualifications, e.g. BCS Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing.

Our delivery ensures that apprentices receive a high level of academic training combined with industry relevant training and support.

Unified Communications Trouble Shooter

Through this apprenticeship, your apprentice will gain the technical skills, knowledge and competence they require.

We support them as they prepare for independent end-point assessment by producing a portfolio of workplace evidence and completing a synoptic project. We support you to identify when your apprentice meets the standard required to receive an employer reference. Apprentices are also supported to upskill in Maths and English by academic experts.

Learning includes 4 knowledge modules that can include professional qualifications. E.g. MTA Network fundamentals and MTA Mobility and Devices Fundamentals.

Our delivery ensures that apprentices receive a high level of academic training combined with industry relevant training and support.

Data Analyst

Through this apprenticeship, your apprentice will gain the technical skills, knowledge and competence required in their role.

We support them as they prepare for independent end-point assessment by producing a portfolio of workplace evidence and completing a synoptic project. We support you in identifying when your apprentice meets the standard required to receive an employer reference. Apprentices will also be supported to upskill in Maths and English by academic experts.

Through this programme your apprentices will also achieve 2 knowledge modules that can include EMC: Data Science associate.

Our delivery model ensures that apprentices receive a high level of academic training combined with industry relevant training and development

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Benefits of Learning at Work

 
“I joined risual as a Marketing Apprentice when I was sixteen and have now gained a Business Level 2 NVQ Qualification. During the year of my apprenticeship I was given the opportunity to look into all areas of Marketing to extend my overall understanding of PR, Social, Campaigns and much more. The apprenticeships that risual offer allow you to jump straight into the deep end and get working with real challenges, customer cases alongside working with Microsoft, partners and customers."

Mollie Sutton

Marketing Assistant
“I joined risual as a Support Engineer Apprentice at the end September 2016 and have been involved in lots of exciting new opportunities to progress my career. Risual push me to gain qualifications alongside undergoing essential workplace experience with real customers. Although it can be challenging at times, the rewards from resolving an issue for a customer makes it worthwhile.”

Andy Thomas

Support Engineer Apprentice
“I have been at risual for nearly two years now and have enjoyed progressing within my career. I joined risual as an IT Support Engineer Apprentice and risual provided me the opportunity to gain multiple Microsoft qualifications during my apprenticeship. I have now been given the opportunity to progress and develop in a new role as Sales Operations assistant. I am always up for new challenges and I’m really enjoying it. I’m constantly learning new skills and understanding new ways at working in my role which is a rewarding challenge.”

Dominique Bevington-King

Sales Operations Assistant
“Once I finished my education at College, I joined risual as an apprentice in the Human Resources Department. I am extremely pleased I decided to kick start my career as a risual apprentice – they have provided me the opportunity to extend my knowledge across HR, Operations and Business Admin. After my year’s apprenticeships, I have gained a level 2 NVQ Business Administration Qualification and a full-time job role in the HR team.”

Beth Giles

Human Resources Assistant
“Here at risual, there is a great atmosphere that is both professional and fun. I have been at risual as a Support Engineer Apprentice for six months now. The best part of my apprenticeship is working within a team to solve real customer problems, although sometimes it can take perseverance to solve issues, the outcome is always personally rewarding. By the end of the apprenticeship scheme I hope to have achieved multiple Microsoft Qualifications and completed my Level 3 Diploma in ICT Competence. I look forward to developing and progressing in the future."

Matt Baker

Support Engineer Apprentice
“risual’s apprenticeship scheme was perfect for me, as having only been here for a couple of months, I am already undertaking Microsoft exams and making great progress on my college course. I’m delighted and believe risual is a great place for me to continue developing within a supportive team.”

Lauren Moseley

Support Engineer Apprentice
“risual has provided me with many opportunities to adapt and grow my IT skill in a professional working environment. It’s great to be surrounded by experienced engineers who are always happy to assist with my progression and help aid my development.”

Nick Gee

Support Engineer
   

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For Employers

risual Education first and foremost deliver an apprenticeship scheme with substantial training, the development of transferable skills and real long term career prospects. By working with risual education and our partner college to hire apprentices, employers will grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce, from level 2 to graduate level. We offer a way for people of all ages to earn while they learn, gaining real skills, Microsoft relevant qualifications, knowledge and a real future.

risual education apprenticeships are designed to support employers to improve the skills within their workforce and reduce the impact on their business from the growing shortage of digital skills. Working in partnership with Microsoft, risual Apprenticeships give learners the opportunity to achieve industry recognised Microsoft qualifications supported by outstanding, industry qualified assessors. The key priority of the risual Apprenticeship scheme is to support the IT Industry with skills and meeting strategic priorities by creating an aspirational and innovative enterprise culture.

 

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For Colleges

The risual academies use the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers to build curriculum development, providing Continual Professional Development (CPD); to teaching teams training Microsoft Certified Educators in each curriculum area. Relevant Microsoft qualifications will then be offered to students across the College, ensuring that full time learners are leaving the college and entering apprenticeships or the workforce with the latest digital literacy knowledge required to support local business needs.

Our focus is on providing access to digital literacy qualifications to all College learners, apprentices and the local community. Just some benefits included in the package are:

  • Microsoft Showcase Classroom
  • Microsoft Certified Educator Training
  • Teacher and Student Workshops
  • Digital Centre of Excellence for your LEP
  • Marketing Campaign
  • Employer Engagement to grow the IT apprenticeship provision
  • CPD Packages
  • Microsoft Imagine Academy and testing centre
  • Dedicated campaign to launch the risual academy and apprenticeships City Next Scheme As a Microsoft Associate College
  • Participate in Microsoft formal launch in coordination with the regional MP/Mayor/ LEP and Microsoft customers
  • Engagement with the Microsoft Student Ambassador Programme
  • Access to leadership and educator focused professional learning programmes

 

Click here to see the LEP regions that we look to set up academies in!

   

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Qualifications

risual Apprenticeships give learners the opportunity to achieve industry recognised Microsoft certifications in addition to their core academic qualifications. Industry Standard Assessors provide guidance on qualifications to meet your business needs along with training delivered by industry experts. risual apprentices learn theory and application at the same time, meaning they can immediately apply what they’ve learned and add value to your business. Apprentices are also more likely to stay with you adding value to the business in the short and long term.

risual Microsoft Academies also give access to Microsoft short course qualifications for employers to offer to enhanced digital skills training opportunities to existing staff. In addition to the importance of ensuring learners have digital skills to improve their employability it is pivotal that existing employees are given the knowledge they need to succeed in their employment.

 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

The world’s most recognised computing qualification for proving a person’s skills and abilities in Microsoft’s Office applications. Earning MOS certification can help students differentiate themselves in today’s competitive job market. After gaining MOS certification, students get immediate access to a Digital Certificate and Transcript, as well as the MOS logo to put on their CVs and digital badging for online profiles.

Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP)

Validates IT professional and developer technical expertise through rigorous, industry-proven and industry-recognised exams. MCP exams cover a wide range of Microsoft products, technologies, and solutions.

Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP)

An entry-level IT professional certification from Microsoft that covers a range of IT Infrastructure, Developer, and Database qualifications. MTA is the essential first step for any individual looking to pursue a successful career in IT.

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Apprenticeships delivered in partnership with Cardiff and Vale College are part financed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government