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Did anyone else get their Assessment Centre cancelled?
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No, why?
When is your AC? One date got cancelled and moved to another date
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ok Cool what location was urs if you don't mind me asking
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Hey ho everyone,

Should preface by saying I am not an IBM spokesperson in any way - just putting myself out here to help you guys out.

Thought it would be good to get this thread up and running to centralise questions and discussion.

For reference I am a Degree Apprentice at Exeter doing Digital and Technology Solutions and I started at IBM in May 2018 so I've been here a little over 6 months (as of writing this post).

I cannot go into massive detail regarding the interview/online tests process as I will lose my job but I'm happy to answer questions about the application process, the uni and what kind of work you may be doing.

99% of the info regarding opening dates, general job descriptions and entry requirements can be found here :- https://www-05.ibm.com/employment/uk...ol_leaver.html
Firstly, hello! How's the apprenticeship going, work, study, hope you're doing well.

I'm a 16 year old sixth form student who's finishing Year 12 very soon, and am really interested in a degree apprenticeship at IBM after leaving school. Don't want to bombard you with questions and make things difficult but I'm just really keen and enthusiastic!

Wanted to ask, how is the balance between work and study going? How often do you have to be on campus doing study, and how often do you have to be working in office per week?

Also, when you applied for the apprenticeship, did you have any previous coding experience or any sort of technology-related work experience in the past? If you did, would you say this played a significant role in your acceptance to the apprenticeship? Or did you just have the grades/qualifications? (and a well written CV, of course )
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Firstly, hello! How's the apprenticeship going, work, study, hope you're doing well.

I'm a 16 year old sixth form student who's finishing Year 12 very soon, and am really interested in a degree apprenticeship at IBM after leaving school. Don't want to bombard you with questions and make things difficult but I'm just really keen and enthusiastic!

Wanted to ask, how is the balance between work and study going? How often do you have to be on campus doing study, and how often do you have to be working in office per week?

Also, when you applied for the apprenticeship, did you have any previous coding experience or any sort of technology-related work experience in the past? If you did, would you say this played a significant role in your acceptance to the apprenticeship? Or did you just have the grades/qualifications? (and a well written CV, of course )
I really don't mind answering questions!

You get 1 week a term residential at Exeter and 1 day a week from mid September - mid May (ish) to study. The structure no matter which uni you are at will be broadly similar with some small differences.

There are virtual workshops that are compulsory to attend with the rest of the day to do coursework, reading etc. So you spend 3 weeks a year on campus. My standard work week is 40 hours so 32 when I have the study day and 40 in the summer break. Worth noting that during crunch time you may be working longer hours but for me personally I haven't gone much over 40 at all and am normally on client site from 9:30 - 17:30/18:00 ish as I don't take a lunch break and eat at my desk. Personally work life balance has been quite easy (results day tomorrow eek) and I only rarely had to do uni work outside of the Monday as I procrastinated some assignments and cut it a bit close on the deadlines.

Had no tech work experience but did some Java in my own time and taught myself GCSE and AS computing - it's in no way a requirement and you won't be judged on not being extremely technical, as you are hired on potential rather than what you know.

My number 1 tip is get your application in early, register your interest and apply as soon as it opens else you run the risk of spaces filling up.
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Fab, thanks a lot! Registered interest for the 2020 Tech Degree Apprenticeship programme right away, and will start doing some coding practice soon (I've done Computing at GCSE and got a good grade and have done code in the past, good foundations for me to build on)Also wanted to ask, did you undertake the apprenticeship immediately after leaving year 13 college? Or did you take a year or two off and then hit the ground running with the apprenticeship?
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Hope everyone’s AC went well! Or perhaps there are still more ACs to go. Has anyone heard back yet?
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I've got one on Thursday. Wish me luck!
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hi, does anyone know what the application is like and the process, can someone please explain it step by step, is it a personal statement
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hi, does anyone know what the application is like and the process, can someone please explain it step by step, is it a personal statement
When applying to an apprenticeship within IBM, it generally consists of 5 main stages:
- Initial Application (From the job board)
- IPAT/BMAT Cognitive aptitude and workplace aptitude tests
- Application form
- An Assessment Centre following a successful review of your IPAT/BMAT results and the application form.
- A business interview related to a job role that matches your assessed skillset and qualities proceeding a passed AC.

I've just done my AC, hoping for the best when my results come tomorrow!
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what was the initial application like and what does it ask i wanna start preparing thanks
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When applying to an apprenticeship within IBM, it generally consists of 5 main stages:
- Initial Application (From the job board)
- IPAT/BMAT Cognitive aptitude and workplace aptitude tests
- Application form
- An Assessment Centre following a successful review of your IPAT/BMAT results and the application form.
- A business interview related to a job role that matches your assessed skillset and qualities proceeding a passed AC.

I've just done my AC, hoping for the best when my results come tomorrow!
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The initial application is just literally just down to finding the job on the job board and clicking Apply - that's the easiest bit though unfortunately! After that you have an IPAT test, which asks cognitive questions based on mental arithmetic; for example, it will ask you to identify the next number of a sequence, or it may ask you an algebra question. For the second test, I meant "WBI" not "BMAT" :laugh: my bad on that one! The WBI is a workplace aptitude test, and will assess you based on how well you match qualities that IBM values in their employees. After all that, you have your application form, which involves you writing down long answers to questions you would expect in an interview. You may also have a video interview, involving you recording yourself answering various questions. You will be expected to write about times where you showed certain qualities in detail. Granted you pass these steps, you will then most likely be invited to IBM Hursley for an assessment centre, which lasts the morning/afternoon and involves two group assessments and a presentation which I cannot go into in great detail (lets just say that collaboration and leadership in your group is ideal, and you should always display IBM's core values at all times). After this, if you succeed, you will be put into a matching process! Congrats at this point, as you have passed the hardest bit of the process and just need to wait for an invitation to an interview to pop up for a position within IBM. My advice is to do your research on the company, its products and its values and keep all of that in mind throughout the process. Good luck!
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what was the initial application like and what does it ask i wanna start preparing thanks
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