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Computing and Digital Technologies

Computing and digital technology is a huge part of how we manage everyday life and with new intelligent systems and innovations, digital careers are in demand across nearly all sectors including financial services, aerospace and defence, manufacturing, public and telecommunications.

With the fastest-growing digital economy in Europe, Greater Manchester is recognised globally for its digital innovation. With key developments such as MediaCity that are driving job creation, there are more opportunities than ever to become an I.T. and computing professional.

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Common tasks in this industry

  • Liaise with vendors and suppliers in order to analyse business procedures, clarify clients’ requirements and to define the scope of existing software, hardware and network provision
  • Developing new products and solving practical computing problems
  • Working on projects to design, code and install software
  • Examine IT systems for potential threats to its security and integrity and draw up plans for disaster recovery if security is compromised
  • Improving the performance of existing computer systems and software
  • Working as part of a team with programmers, IT professionals, mechanical, electrical or software engineers to solve problems and create new products
  • Investigating technological innovations such as artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality
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Routes of entry

  • Level 4 or 5 qualifications – HNCs and HNDs or Foundation Degree
  • Higher apprenticeships (Level 4 and 5)
  • Degree apprenticeships
  • An accredited university degree or equivalent qualification
  • Training through a professional body / vendor qualifications