IBM

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  • IT
  • School leaver programmes, Higher Apprenticeships

Top employers for school and college leavers 2015-16

  • Overall Ranking 67th
  • Overall score 79.6%
Category Ranking Score
SCHOOL LEAVER PROGRAMMES 7th 86.8%
HIGHER APPRENTICESHIPS 17th 79.1%
DEGREE APPRENTICESHIPS 6th 75.5%
IT & TECHNOLOGY 3rd 79.6%

Profile

From helping transform healthcare to improving the retail shopping experience, it's what IBMers do. Our work and our people can be found in all sorts of interesting places. Mathematicians, coders, and web designers contribute to creativity in the kitchen (Watson!), rerouting traffic jams, even designing the next generation fan experience in sports stadiums around the world. It's the kind of thing we've been doing for more than 100 years.

Apple. Twitter. Facebook. Hootsuite. Box. These are just a few of the global partners who work with IBM to develop powerful mobile apps and help enterprises make smarter decisions with data analytics and cloud technology. Join us and be part of a diverse and global team of thinkers and doers – people who want to make an impact, cultivate their expertise and collaborate with some of the world’s top business and technology professionals. What better place could you think to start your career?

We employ talented people in almost every area so no matter where your talents and aspirations lie, we’ll have a job to suit you.  We offer two fantastic opportunities for school leavers, our Apprenticeship Scheme and a 12 month Gap Year Program. So whether you just want to jump straight into work, are planning on taking a gap year before university, or undecided about whether to go at all, we can cater for you.

So if you think you’ve got what it takes to be an IBMer don’t hesitate to apply. Go to our website now and see what you can make with IBM. Ibm.com/uk/job                                                                          

Did you know ...
That IBM invented the barcode over 40 years ago? That we created the processors that power your Wii, Xbox 360 and Playstation? That we developed the NASA technology which enabled man to land on the moon? We even created the floppy disk! And that every time you get cash from a cash machine, you’re more than likely using IBM technology to do it? If you didn’t, then imagine what else there is to find out about us!

School leaver opportunities

12 Month Futures scheme
You might be uncertain about whether to start work, complete an apprenticeship or go to university, if that's you and you are unsure of what to do next, the IBM Futures scheme is for you. This gap year scheme offers you an invaluable opportunity to work with a world-leading company for 12-months, broadening your horizons and giving you a head start in your career.

Business placements: This is an ideal opportunity to learn about the business world at one of the planet’s biggest and most successful organisations. Spend your placement in a business role and you’ll be supporting one of our many business areas, such as Project Management, business operations, market research, marketing and sales. 
During the selection process, we’ll talk to you about which area suits your skills best – we want to make sure you’ll get the most out of wherever we place you. And wherever you end up, you’ll gain valuable experience helping to increase our revenue, solve our clients’ challenges and make our business run as smoothly as possible. (But don’t worry - you’ll have the chance to experience other business areas too.)

Technical placements: At IBM, we know technology – so naturally IBM is the place to go if you’re interested in technical placements. Some of the brightest minds in technology work here, and we lead the way in developing innovative software products and applications. There’s a huge amount you could get involved in - for instance, you could support experts in web design, problem diagnosis, software development, database development and technical project management.

What you do will vary depending on the area you join – but you’ll get the same valuable experience and insight, as well as support from experienced and talented professionals.

Apprenticeships

When you join IBM as an Apprentice we have your long-term professional career in mind and from the day you join us you’ll be a permanent employee. You’ll also gain either an ICT or Business Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship qualification, and you’ll be part of one of the world’s leading technology companies.

Business Placements: If you are looking to explore how a business works and learn what makes it successful, then our Business Specialist role is for you. This is an opportunity for you to develop your conscientiousness and curiosity with an in-depth training programme which will help you perform effectively in your role. With the support of your team, you will develop commercial awareness which will enable you to take on roles within project management, HR, operations and delivery. You will become a valuable member of the project team, building on skills from communication and adaptability to planning and organisation. Your contribution will allow our clients’ businesses to be as effective and successful as possible.

Technical Placements: If you love to apply logic to a problem and have a passion for technology, then our Technical Solutions Specialist role is a great fit for you. You will work collaboratively with you team who will support you as you learn to build, design, test or implement systems; or you might be a field engineer, travelling to meet clients, fixing their hardware issue and getting their business up and running again. Or you may be an architect developing, advising and transforming client infrastructure to take advantage of the latest cloud solutions. Any role you have, you will get real hands on experience. Throughout the in-depth training programme you will develop core technical and personal skills which will allow you to support IBM’s clients. We are looking for enthusiasm and imagination and will support you as you grow in confidence and get involved in IBM’s exciting and innovative range of products and services.

Salary & benefits

Apprenticeships
£18,000 a year salary with a flexible benefits package
Up to 25 days holiday
Through the IBM Rewards programme, you can save money and earn cash-back at more than 1300 stores, including Apple, Tesco and John Lewis.

Futures
£15,000 a year salary with a flexible benefits package
Up to 25 days holiday
Through the IBM Rewards programme, you can save money and earn cash-back at more than 1300 stores, including Apple, Tesco and John Lewis

Requirements

Apprenticeships

  • 2017 Tariff: 5 GCSE’s Grade 5-9 (incl. Maths and English Language) and must have obtained or be predicted at least 64 UCAS points from A-levels or equivalent
  • 2016 Tariff: 5 GCSE’s Grade C or above (incl. Maths and English Language) and must have obtained or be predicted at least 160 UCAS points from A-levels or equivalent
  • You don’t need any work experience, just a passion for business and technology.
  • You must also be authorised to work in the UK
  • The majority of our apprentices are based from client sites across the UK which means having a flexible attitude to travelling around the country and staying away from home is a must have.

Futures

  • 2017 Tariff: 5 GCSE’s Grade 5-9 (incl. Maths and English Language)
  • 2016 Tariff: 5 GCSE’s Grade C or above (incl. Maths and English Language)
  • Must have completed at least 2 years in higher education (A-Levels or Equivalent)
  • Looking for a 12-month placement
  • You don’t need any work experience, just a passion for business and technology. 

Apply

Apply now on our careers website at Ibm.com/uk/job

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