Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships at IBM are all about picking up skills for the workplace and embarking on a long and successful career. We have your professional development in mind from the day you join us as a permanent employee. Our apprenticeships range from Level 3 to Level 6 and each pathway gives you everything you need to start your career in the industry! You will get lots of exposure and an experience you simply can’t get anywhere else. In addition to the day job there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in social activities and volunteering with other Apprentices, Students and Graduates.

Opportunities are located across England and salaries start at £20,000/annum.
Roles open periodically throughout the year. Register your interest below to be the first to know when we open for applications.

Please note you can only apply to one role at a time.

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Software Developer

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Software Developer

Junior Technical Consultant

Junior Management Consultant

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Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships allow you to work and achieve a Bachelors Honours degree at the same time. You will be doing a real role at IBM and using what you learn in the workplace as part of your degree. 

Technology Degree Apprentices are currently studying at University of Exeter and Manchester Metropolitan University. Choice of University is made in response to the needs of our IBM businesses. Time at University is typically one day a week either on site or via online education and you will be required to work during University vacations.

Applications for 2019 are now closed.

Digital & Technology Solutions Degree
Level 6

Futures 12 Month Placement Scheme

The Futures Placement 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. You’ll be deployed onto a challenging work placement, where you’ll support and learn from experienced professionals across IBM. At the end of your placement, it’s in your hands. IBM offer both Business and Technical Placements, with both taking place over a year!

You will benefit from a £18,000 starting salary, a £1,000 bonus and much more!

Please note you can only apply to one role at a time.

Business Futures Placement

Technology Futures Placement

Pensions Specialist

Duration: 3 years
Salary: £20,000
Location: North Harbour, Portsmouth
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs grade 4-9 including Maths and English Language. You will also need to have completed further education or equivalent.

This is an excellent exciting opportunity to join our in-house pension department as a Pension Officer within IBM. The team have responsibility for the administration of both Defined Benefit and Hybrid Defined Benefit/Defined Contribution pension schemes as well as supporting other related administration duties. The Pensions team comprises of about 60 people providing a number of supporting activities to the IBM pension plans, including (but not exclusively); Plan Administration, Finance and Accounting support, Business Controls and Communications.

The role is office based and located within the IBM offices situated within the modern Lakeside Business Park, situated on the outskirts of Portsmouth. The office is easily accessible from the motorway and there are excellent transport links to the city centre and surrounding areas.

The Role:

  • Producing quotations and setting up benefits for members including retirement, death and leaving service before retirement, transfers into or out of the pension scheme.
  • Maintaining and updating member records for example revised Benefit nominations changes of address or marital status
  • Understanding and application of benefit structures, Trust Deed and Rules, Inland revenue guidance notes and Disclosure requirements
  • Full responsibility for managing and completing allocated work split within the team.
  • Responding to pension scheme enquiries from members, including fund valuation requests, information on investment options; clarification of the benefits payable under the pension scheme
  • Checking and authorising other team members’work.
  • General Administration duties including opening the post and scanning, creating and managing workflow tasks
  • Working to deadlines
  • Ownership of processes and procedures
  • Ad hoc project work.

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Technology Sales


Duration: 3 years
Salary: £20,000
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs grade 4-9 including Maths and English Language. You will also need to have completed further education or equivalent.

Do you enjoy communicating with people?  Do you want to learn about innovative technical and industry solutions?  Then join IBM and become an IT Technical Salesperson!

As an IT Technical Salesperson you'll build relationships with prospects, clients, Business Partners and IBMers across a whole range of industries.  We'll train you up on IBM's cutting edge technology products and services.

This role is very rewarding but also very challenging, so you'll need to be enthusiastic and hard working! 

You don’t need to be studying a technical A-Level or equivalent, we accept all subject backgrounds.

Please note you can only apply to one role at a time.

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Software Developer


Duration: 3 years
Salary: £20,000
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs grade 4-9 including Maths and English Language. You will also need to have completed further education or equivalent.

Are you interested in the opportunity to become an Application Developer, a Blue Mix App Developer or a Web Developer? Then the Software Developer Apprenticeship is for you!

In this role you will learn how to write, build and test high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers whilst also developing effective user interfaces, link code to data sources and analyse test results to correct errors!

At IBM you’ll be given the chance to work with ground-breaking technologies and be continually making a difference!

You don’t need to be studying a technical A-Level or equivalent, we accept all subject backgrounds.

Please note you can only apply to one role at a time.

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Junior Technical Consultant


Duration: 3 years
Salary: £20,000
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs grade 4-9 including Maths and English Language. You will also need to have completed further education or equivalent.

Do you want to learn to engage with clients and help them build technical solutions to their business needs? Do you want to consult with clients across different industries, and turn their business needs into computer code? This role is for you!

As a Technical Management Consultant, you will combine cutting edge methodologies and knowledge of the industry with the latest technologies such as Cognitive Systems, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing and Blockchain. 

You’ll be responsible for interpreting the clients’ needs to develop working prototypes and proof of concepts. You will code, test and architect critical business systems and applications. Ultimately you will create genuine technical solutions addressing real client challenges. 

You don’t need to be studying a technical A-Level or equivalent, we accept all subject backgrounds.

Please note you can only apply to one role at a time.

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Test Engineer


Duration: 3 years
Salary: £20,000
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs grade 4-9 including Maths and English Language. You will also need to have completed further education or equivalent.

Have you ever thought 'Why?"

"Why does that do that?"
"Why can't we do it this way?"
"Why is this so difficult to use?"
"Wouldn't it be great if we didn't need that any more?"
If you spend some of your time thinking about questions like those, then IBM is the perfect place for your career to flourish.

Our clients include high street banks, petrol and energy companies, the government, mobile phone companies, and names on the high street and on-line shopping. With the right training, you’ll be helping our clients prove that the IT systems that their customers use will be fast, secure and reliable. As a software test engineer Apprentice we’ll provide you with a mix of classroom based education, mentoring & coaching, and real experience working directly with our teams on client accounts. In return, we’d love you to bring your curiosity, your enthusiasm to try new things and a fresh approach to finding solutions to some of IBM’s and our client’s problems.

Over the two year programme, you will receive training and learning on:- Software development –how software goes from an idea to a solution a customer can use Software testing –how to prove that what has been developed works as it should do Consultancy –how to work with different people in different scenarios –some nice but some tricky - and in different countries General business knowledge –how do businesses work and operate, from the money to the marketing to the admin support How to work as part of small and large teams, either close to home or around the UK

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Junior Management Consultant


Duration: 3 years
Salary: £20,000
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs grade 4-9 including Maths and English Language. You will also need to have completed further education or equivalent.

Do you want to learn the fundamentals of consulting, as well as develop your technical skills to kick-start your career? Do you want to analyse requirements and manage enterprise implementations? This role is for you!

As a Junior Management Consultant, you will understand the end-to-end client engagement process and couple this with key methodology such as Design Thinking techniques. When you combine this with knowledge of the industry and an understanding of cutting edge technologies, you will be able to create high value solutions to some of the biggest client organisations in the world. 

You’ll be responsible for understanding and interpreting clients’needs, using evidence to support recommendations, supporting proposals with a focus on the technical implementation of solutions to help our clients improve their business outcomes!

You don’t need to be studying a technical A-Level or equivalent, we accept all subject backgrounds.

Please note you can only apply to one role at a time.

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Chartered Business Management Degree


Level: 6
Duration: 3 years
Salary: £20,000
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs grade 5-9, minimum 120 UCAS points (subject to change dependent on university requirements)

In this role you will get Chartered Manager status from the Chartered Manager Institute. Our degree apprentices work in a variety of roles including Project Management, Sales, Business Analysis and Operations Management.

Degree apprentices develop a broad range of management skills including: operational strategy, project management, finance, sales & marketing, digital business & new technologies, stakeholder, customer & supplier management, communication, leadership and personal effectiveness. 

There's an opportunity to experience University life and meet apprentices from other organisations. On our Pearson College rotational degree apprenticeship, some of our apprentices have the opportunity to experience a work placement at a different organisation.

Our Chartered Business Management Degree Apprenticeship is now closed for applications. Please ‘register your interest’ below to be notified if we open this position again.

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Digital & Technology Solutions Degree


Level: 6
Duration: 4 years
Salary: £20,000
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs grade 5-9, minimum of 112 UCAS points (subject to change dependent on university requirements)

Our technology degree apprentices work in a variety of roles including Cyber Security and Technical Specialists, Project Managers, Prototype Developers, Service Managers, IT Architects, Business Analysts and Application Support. You will develop a broad range of technical and business skills, including: information systems, systems development, data, cyber security, business organisations, project management and computer & network infrastructure.  You will also take modules to develop your skills in a technical specialism.  There's an opportunity to experience University life and meet apprentices from other organisations during days at University and interactive learning sessions.

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Business Futures Placement


Thank you for your interest in our Futures Placements. We have completed our current wave of hiring activity for 2019. Please register your interest and we will contact you if we open these roles again.

You might be uncertain about whether to start work, complete an apprenticeship or go to university, if that's you and you are unsure about what to do next, the IBM's Futures Scheme is for you. The Futures Scheme is our Gap Year program offering a years internship - a try before you commit scheme. We offer you an invaluable opportunity to work with a world-leading company, broadening your horizons and giving you a head start in your career.

What will you do? You’ll be deployed onto a challenging work placement, where you’ll support and learn from experienced professionals from across IBM. That could be in any area across the company, we currently have Business Futures working in Recruitment, supporting Clients and working internally to make us more effective - all of which are making a difference at IBM. Then, at the end of the placement, it’s in your hands. If you would like to consider IBM as a long term career then you could apply for our Apprenticeship scheme or you could go to university - the choice is yours! 

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply for the Futures Scheme if you are studying for or have already completed an undergraduate degree. Those eligible to work in the UK without sponsorship are eligible for this scheme.

Technology Futures Placement


Thank you for your interest in our Futures Placements. We have completed our current wave of hiring activity for 2019. Please register your interest and we will contact you if we open these roles again.

You might be uncertain about whether to start work, complete an apprenticeship or go to university, if that's you and you are unsure about what to do next, the IBM's Futures Scheme is for you. The Futures Scheme is our Gap Year program offering a years internship - a try before you commit scheme. We offer you an invaluable opportunity to work with a world-leading company, broadening your horizons and giving you a head start in your career.

What will you do? You’ll be deployed onto a challenging work placement, where you’ll support and learn from experienced professionals from across IBM. That could be in any area across the company, we currently have Technical Futures working in Software Development, Internet of Things and Hybrid Cloud - all of which are making a difference at IBM. Then, at the end of the placement, it’s in your hands. If you would like to consider IBM as a long term career then you could apply for our Apprenticeship scheme or you could go to university - the choice is yours! 

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply for the Futures Scheme if you are studying for or have already completed an undergraduate degree. Those eligible to work in the UK without sponsorship are eligible for this scheme.

Application Process

You do not need to have any prior work experience; instead we’re looking for enthusiastic, driven and innovative individuals, with a passion for business and technology.

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The IPAT is IBM's specially created online aptitude test. The test assesses you on two different categories of numerical reasoning: numerical series and numerical reasoning. 

The WSI is a Work Style Inventory Test.

The IPAT is IBM's specially created online aptitude test. The test assesses you on two different categories of numerical reasoning: numerical series and numerical reasoning. 

IBM Assessment Centres will typically require candidates to complete two group exercises, one being based on logical reasoning and the other being on based on discussion.
Candidates will also complete an individual interview where they will show a pre-prepared presentation.

The video interview is not a live interview; it will consist of pre-recorded questions. You will have unlimited time to prepare your answers and will be given up to 3 minutes to record each answer.

The application form will focus on competency based questions and will ask you to provide a personal statement.

Final interviews are used to match candidates to their most suited role. These interviews will be with a manager and can be face-to-face, a telephone interview or in the form of a video call.

Learn what it’s like to be an IBMer

What is an apprenticeship at IBM like? Have a look at what IBM’s apprentices say about their work, what their managers expect and what they are learning on and off the job. IBM apprentices are engaged, tenacious and always ready to try out new things. They enjoy opportunities to travel, work in teams, and learn important business skills whilst having fun and developing themselves personally. An IBM apprenticeship is all about diversity, challenge, community, learning, friends, innovation and much more. 

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Why IBM?

Dependent on your role you may get a company phone to keep in touch with your clients and colleagues if you go off-site…

There’s a huge community of young people at IBM meaning you can carry on the fun outside of work!

You will be assigned an Early Professional Manager to oversee your personal and professional development…

You’ll also be given a company laptop so that you can work on the go…

You will also benefit from IBM rewards – offering discounted cinema tickets, high street store discounts and more!

Online Training

At IBM we have many training opportunities to support you in your role. IBM Skills Gateway is a free online learning portal that you can access to obtain widely recognised Digital Certifications by completing virtual learning journeys - you don’t have to be part of IBM to complete them! This is a great way to enhance your CV, so have a go! ibm.com/training

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