[Explorer Course in Digital. What next?] Atif Khan: Hi, I’m Atif Khan, the sector manager
for digital BTECs and apprenticeships. This video is designed for those of you who might
be interested in a future in the digital sector, but aren’t sure what’s involved. The UK’s
digital economy is growing 50 per cent faster than any other economy and last year, employers
advertise 1.6 million digital jobs. The industry is here to stay and the skills to thrive are
constantly evolving, making it a very interesting and challenging sector to work in. Work in
the tech industry is available at all levels. You can start in an entry-level role as an
operative and work your way up to technician. [Digital Specialisms] After a few years of
training you can develop a specialism perhaps in networking or programming and become an
analyst, engineer or developer. The more you continuously upskill, the more opportunities
will arise. Staying up to date with the latest tech innovations is the key to staying employable
and progressing up the ladder. Once you’re at the engineer stage the next step is a master’s
level IT professional course. Here you’ll be looking at how the digital plans and strategies
your organisation has in place can be optimised to meet the business’s growing needs. It’s
a really interesting role where you merge business and digital strategies together.
At this level you’re introducing things like reward cards – much like Tesco’s Clubcard
– that build customer loyalty and provide them customised offers that are tailored for
them. Finally the highest Level is CTO or chief technology officer. This is a director-level
position and here you make significant decisions about what the business does and does not
do in its digital strategy. You’ll be expected to manage external customer expectations,
benchmark yourself against your competitors and ensure internal stakeholders are satisfied
with the digital progress of the business. Once you’ve developed a foundation of knowledge
at Level 2 you are ready to take your next step. You’ll have a choice between choosing
a BTEC or an apprenticeship at Level 3. Both have different advantages and you need to
decide; which is the best option for you? [Digital BTEC] If you decide to choose the
BTEC route you’ll benefit from developing a broad foundation across a number of different
disciplines. You can learn about: cloud technologies; networking; programming; cybersecurity; and
a number of other optional units all in a safe learning environment where you can take
your time and build your knowledge. However your work experience exposure will be limited.
On the other hand, you can choose an apprenticeship. [Digital Apprenticeship] There are a number
of new digital apprenticeships available. At Level 3 you can choose to become: a digital
marketer; a software technician; or an infrastructure technician. The progression routes to a level
4 apprenticeship are often seamless. You can develop invaluable work experience by working
on the job. Due to recent changes in law, larger organisations are now building new
initiatives to take on more and more apprentices every year. Our competition is fierce. You’ll
also have to choose a specialism fairly early on in your digital career. You might not know
what you’re really passionate about at this stage. But if you know what you want to do
and you’re lucky enough to be selected by an employer, an apprenticeship can be the
perfect start to your digital career. [Music]

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