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    Hi there, so I've been applying for IT apprenticeships in the last month and have still not received any calls or emails from the employers! I'm 21 and I wanted to know if that's an appropriate age to join an apprenticeship. I had done a BTEC level 3 business course and now have changed my mind on my career. I've always been a tech nerd since I was young but never thought I'd take it up as a career but after speaking to my friends and family it seems like IT would be the best bet for me. I also buy and sell on eBay in my free time so I'll be doing this but I need a stable income and also qualifications towards an IT career.

    I decided that I'd go university and do business & marketing degree but all of a sudden I had a gut feeling telling me that the course wasn't for me so I dropped out before I had to pay back anything. I have nearly 6 years experience in retail as I've worked in various retail stores over the years so I thought an apprenticeship might be better for me overall.

    Could anyone recommend any good websites for IT apprenticeships either support or software development as I need a kick start to my career! I'm currently working part time at a retail store (waitrose) and to be honest I don't really want to stay in retail any longer as its terrible working full time dealing with snobby customers. I've put my cv up on reed and received a few calls regarding a customer service roles but of course I want an apprenticeship so I can slowly rank up in the IT industry.

    Would appreciate if people could give me some feedback on how I could get into the IT sector, I'm happy to start off with low pay (£10k-14k yearly) as long as I can progress with it in the future. Ideally I'd like to get into properties in the future but obviously IT would be a stepping stone to bring in income.

    I think the trouble is that not many IT companies are offering apprenticeships. I looked at it a few months ago and whereas the process is straightforward, finding work within the business that would be suitable for someone with effectively no experience, training or skills would be next to impossible. I am sure other businesses are the same.

    Good luck!

    What area of IT do you want to get into?
    If networking - Do a Cisco Networking course
    If hardware - Do a Microsoft Certified course
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