Getting into IT as a School Leaver, Graduate or Returner

Are you thinking about pursuing a career in the IT sector, but you are just not sure how? There are a range of options out there for everyone from school leavers at GCSE and A Level, graduates from any background not only computing, to anyone who is returning to work after an extended time off.

Why the IT Sector?

The IT sector is one of the fastest growing and most in-demand industries in the UK, with arguably the most significant driver for the modern global economy with an estimate that the sector generates more than over half of the UK’s total economic output and is responsible for around 5% of all jobs in the UK – around 1.5 million employees.
From retail to sport, health, music and banking, IT is a vital component of everyday life for us all with opportunities existing across the industrial spectrum and at every level. Just some of the specialist areas include:

  • coding and programming
  • refining and improving functionality
  • providing communication and network support
  • diagnosing and resolving faults
  • developing and implementing software solutions
  • designing and maintaining websites

Regardless of what area you work in, IT offers everyday challenges, variety of work, and often a relaxed working environment. With such high demand for IT skills and a shortage of suitably qualified and experienced personnel, and competitive salaries.


School leavers


PWC – Technology Degree apprenticeship in collaboration with QUB (Females of the Future event July 3rd 2019) – Click here for more information.


Allstate Good Hands Academy – IT apprenticeship with UU (apply by June 14th) – Click here for more information. 


Deloitte – BrighStarts – Click here for more information. 



Are you a school leaver looking to build your CV have a look at the STEM summer camps available: Click Here for more information.



Assured Skills Academies – Click here for more information.


QUB – MSC Applied cyber – 40 fully paid scholarships for full time students – Click here for more information.

QUB – Masters in Software Development (Master conversion course part-time over a 2 year period)


Returner programme    

Allstate – Ready to Resume (12 week return to work scheme for IT professionals out of work for more than 2 years). – Click here for more information.