Comms Apprentice

#1
Evening all, just wondering if I could glean some information from you regarding the Comms Apprentice role.

Is having a GCSE in IT a prerequisite? On the website it states no specific qualifications needed, however, I spoke to a lady in RFA recruitment and she said an IT GCSE was necessary. I've got 9 A* - C GCSEs and IT ain't one of 'em!* Is it a 'don't even bother applying' situation?

* Could you even DO a GCSE in IT in 2001?
 
#2
Hi Mme.Ray,
If you have an IT working background that does help, if you don't have any IT quals you can do a thing called the European Computer Driving Licence or ECDL for short. It's basic IT stuff using windows and there are 7 modules to pass at £15 per test. That is acceptable for the Comms roles and quite a few training organisations offer the course. Check out the internet or your local college.
 
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H.Nelson

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#3
Did you do RSA CLAIT (Computer Literacy & Information Technology) whilst at school? I believe this counts as an equivalent.
 
#4
Thank you both for the replies. I've no formal qualification in IT, however, the job I'm in now involves me creating bespoke systems, advanced spreadsheets and databases etc..I received a letter today saying my application isn't being taken forward due to the lack of a GCSE in IT. A shame really as an ECDL seems terribly basic in many ways, but I might look into it if it'll get me through the door.
 
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H.Nelson

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#5
I'd check if the qualifications you have have IT elements to them, I did an Advanced GNVQ in Business which had an IT module in it which was outlined on the certificate so, I had that as well as RSA CLAIT. I would write them an email or letter outlining your work experience in IT as well as high academic level. It's worth a try.

I did two lessons of an ECDL and to say it was basic computer knowledge would be an understatement so, I left it as I felt I wouldn't be learning anything but, a lot of employers ask for it now even though it is basic IT. I think you can study and gain the qualification in a short amount of time though so, I'd pursue that if I were in your position.

Incidentally, did you do a Recruitment Test? If you did, and scored a high mark (which I'm sure you would with your academic level) you could argue your case with this.

Also you could do a GCSE in English in 2001 as it was available when I sat my exams in 1994.

Hope this is of some help.
 
#6
Hi,

I agree with H Nelson its worth you stating your case, especially as you have IT experience i your current job. Also I started the ECDL and it is basic but straight forward to pass if you need to do it. Anyway good luck.
 
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