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Are You Ready for a Career in IT?

IT-Ready UK is a training programme offered to individuals from all walks of life with varying levels of skills and experience. We teach bright, motivated individuals who lack the opportunity the technical and professional development skills needed to successfully secure work in information technology.  IT-Ready UK is funded by local partners, so that qualifying students can obtain full tuition assistance. While we cannot guarantee job placement – no replicable training school can – we help you connect to the right employers when your training is done.


More Earning Potential

The average salary of an IT job in the UK is 56% higher than the average national wage.


Career Mobility

More than 140,000 tech jobs are open in the UK.


Future Growth

By 2022, the number of IT jobs in the UK will grow by 2%.

Sources: EMSI, U.K. Office for National Statistics, and Burning Glass Technologies Labour Insights

Qualification Checklist

With limited spaces available – and overwhelming demand – we're deliberate in our selection process, choosing motivated and interested candidates who are committed to success. The application process starts with these questions: 

  • Are you at least 18 years old?
  • Are you a resident of Lancashire?
  • Are you a UK citizen or have the legal right to live and work in the UK?
  • Do you have 4 GCSEs (including Maths and English)?
  • Do you have access to a computer with internet connection?
  • Can you commit to unpaid training or 4 months of flexible learning?
  • Will you be open to full-time work following your training?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, we encourage you to apply. We welcome candidate applications from all backgrounds, and encourage those from ethnic minority backgrounds, neurodiverse individuals and females to apply now to help improve the diversity of the IT world.

Learn More About IT-Ready

Upcoming Classes


Classroom-based10 February 202003 April 2020 - Lancashire residents can apply now
Hybrid07 March 202027 June 2020 - Lancashire residents can apply now

Our classes are held at Cotton Court Business Centre, Church Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 3BY, UK.

Programme Overview & FAQs

Students learn technical skills to help them successfully pass CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ and both parts of the CompTIA A+ certification exam. All students also receive professional development training to refine highly sought after business skills including communication techniques, conflict management, teamworking, critical thinking and problem solving. Graduates are prepared to apply both technical and professional skills starting Day One of their next job. 

  • Q1

    How long does the class session last and how many people are in class?
    Classrooms will be composed of 20 students with one instructor and last for 8 weeks, while online classes will be hosted virtually by a single instructor for 4 months. The programme structure includes instructor-led lectures, group projects and lab sessions. There is also plenty of time set aside for student questions and one-on-one assistance.
  • Q2

    How much does a class cost?
    IT-Ready Lancashire is funded in partnership with the Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership as part of the DCMS Digital Skills Innovation fund, so that qualifying students can obtain full tuition assistance.
  • Q3

    How long does each class run and is it every day?
    Classroom sessions are held five days a week, Monday through Friday, beginning promptly at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Students are required to be on time every day; the programme allows only one absence and two excused late arrivals. The classroom-based course runs for eight weeks. The hybrid course meets two hours per day, Monday to Thursday, with optional timeslots available (either AM or PM) which can be interchanged by the day.  Recommended homework is given over the weekend, and a monthly face-to-face meetup occurs on one Saturday each month for four months.
  • Q4

    What materials do I need to take a class?
    A pencil and paper to take notes are all you need for class. Textbooks and in-class computers are provided for students. However, students must dress as they would in an employment setting in business attire. Students in the hybrid programme will need a stable internet connection and a computer to complete all tasks remotely.
  • Q5

    What type of job can I expect to get after completing IT-Ready and where?
    Our graduates move into help desk tech roles, building and maintaining a company’s IT environment and assisting its internal and external customers. While we cannot guarantee job placement – no replicable training school can – we help you connect to the right employers when your training is done. Once you’ve passed your certification exams, our staff will help you identify employers with open tech support positions and secure interviews, and then prepare you for them.

Our Partners

Creating IT Futures believes strongly in collaboration to achieve shared goals. Partners for our IT-Ready UK progamme include:

IT-Ready UK is a programme of Creating IT Futures. For more information about Creating IT Futures and our full range of programmes, please visit