Get Ahead in Digital Transformation

Flexible Tech and Digital Programme, up to 16 weeks, fully funded in the Three Counties


Why shouldn’t YOU be the one who makes a digital difference at work?

Not only will you take a Tech & Digital Course in the Three Counties and achieve your first nationally-recognised L3 Qualification in ICT Systems & Principles from City & Guilds.

But you will also access TDM’s practical coaching support to find yourself a local digital Job or Apprenticeship opportunity.


What is the Get Ahead in Digital Transformation Programme?


What pathways are available on the Programme?


What career development is there?


What are the eligibility criteria?


Frequently Asked Questions


How do I sign up?


“As the Fourth Industrial Revolution unfolds, companies are seeking to harness new and emerging technologies to reach higher levels of efficiency of production and
consumption, expand into new markets, and compete on new products for a global consumer base composed increasingly of digital natives.”

World Economic Forum – “The Future of Jobs Report”

“The technology industry is one of the most dynamic in the UK and as a result, demand for IT professionals is sky-rocketing. High-calibre tech specialists are increasingly sought after to support new start-ups and SMEs and provide vital in-house functions for larger firms.”

“70% of the tech industry experience skills shortages” –


What is the Get Ahead In Digital Transformation programme?

This programme is for learners who are aged between 19 and 23 years old who do not have a Level 3 qualification.

A 16 week programme of coaching, training and learner support delivered by TDM’s industry-specialist Skills and Knowledge Coaches

Includes core modules on Tech and Digital fundamentals followed by a choice of specialist pathway


Secure a job in the tech and digital industry with support from TDM’s Professional Development Coaches and Career Builders

Your City and Guilds Diploma

City and Guilds is the awarding body for this programme, where learners will achieve the diploma in ICT Systems and Principles.

The City & Guilds Diploma is a substantial and impressive qualification ensuring that you have the right skills to thrive both now and in the future, in a Tech and Digital role.

City & Guilds Welcome Video

Core Programme Modules

Get Ahead In Digital Transformation Pathways

digital marketing apprentice

UX / UI design

network engineer apprentice

Digital Support/Marketing

infrastructure technician apprentice

Cyber Security

digital and technology solutions professional apprentice
software development apprentices

Coding (Java and .NET)

digital and technology solutions professional apprentice

Tech and Networking

After struggling to make a move into a new career in Digital Marketing, I started the Get Ahead programme.

Since then, I have now managed to land myself my dream career in a PR and Digital Marketing Agency.

I couldn’t have achieved this without the help of the Get Ahead programme from TDM.


Median Salary (West Midlands)

GAiDT Programme Pathway

Software Developer £41,500 Coding (Java and .NET)
Network Engineer £47,500 Tech and Networking
Cyber Security Analyst £52,500 Cyber Security
Digital Marketing Manager £34,500 Digital Support / Marketing
Data Analyst £39,000 Data
UX / UI Designer £35,000 UX / UI Design

Career progression in Tech and Digital

To the left are indicative salaries in the West Midlands region compiled by IT JobsWatch, demonstrating the attractive levels of salary in these career pathways where workers have a few years of experience 

Learners on this Programme can start their Tech Careers through full Level 3 and 4 Apprenticeship programmes such as:

Careers can further embedded and developed via Level 6 Integrated Degree Programmes such as:

Our programme is being funded by the UK Government Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and is part of the “Level 3 Entitlement” Adult Education Budget funding to support younger people achieve the above outcomes.

Tech and Digital skills are a priority on a both regional and national level as is the drive to improve social mobility to help more people into work or provide opportunities for career progression. This is especially true in the wake of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions and Eligibility

What is Digitial Transformation?

Digital Transformation is the use of new, fast-paced and frequently changing digital technologies to solve problems in organisations. Employers are looking to adopt these technologies to compete effectively in the marketplace of the 21st century.

As certain jobs are becoming obsolete, new skills are needed and new opportunities are appearing – it is down to you to take on and develop new skills that the job market is now needs!

Who is eligible to sign up for Get Ahead in Digital Transformation?

This programme is for learners who are aged between 19 and 23 years old who do not have a Level 3 qualification, where they will work to achieve their City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma for ICT Systems and Principles for IT Professionals.

You must fit the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must have been between the ages of 19 and 23 on 31/08/2021
  • This programme is for learners who do not have a full Level 3 qualification – a full Level 3 is equal to x2 A Level passes, x2 BTECs, x1 BTEC Extended Diploma or a Level 3 Apprenticeship
  • You are not able to engage with this programme, and another Government funded educational programme at the same time. This is called “Double Funding”
  • You can be employed but you must be earning under £17,374.50 per year
  • You will need to live in the counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire or Gloucestershire (If you live outside this area, please contact us as similar funding is available in the West Midlands and wider in the UK)

Learners will achieve their City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma for ICT Systems and Principles for IT Professionals and with support achieve a new Tech and Digital Job

As this programme accesses UK Government funding, there is a strong requirement for commitment from learners to achieve the outcomes of the Level 3 Diploma and to work towards a tech and digital job. Learners must be available to attend all the Training Days, Workshops and Coaching sessions and to do the wider work and reading set by their coaches

What does the programme consist of and what are the commitments?

The programme will typically last a total of x16 weeks, with the following split across this time:

Classroom sessions – 10 days

  • Get Ahead in Digital Transformation incl. Orientation – 1 day
  • Digital Fundamentals – 3 days
  • Digital Professionalism – 3 days
  • Pathway Module – 3 days

Apprenticeship Seeker Programme – 4 ½ days

  • Sourcing Opportunities – ½ day
  • How the employer sees you – ½ day
  • The employer and you – ½ day
  • Stand out – ½ day

“On track” calls with coaches – 30 mins per week

Final month of “stretch and challenge” and rework if needed

This equates to around 1.5 days a week with TDM as well as the “On Track” Calls


You are expected to attend all of the sessions over the 16 weeks.

You will be expected to do wider reading outside the classroom, accessing learning materials on TDM’s Virtual Learning Environment and books from the TDM library.

Classroom days will mainly consist of taught elements in the morning with assignments written in the afternoons. An ability to effectively write about the learning you have engaged with is essential on the programme.

How much does it cost?

The Get Ahead in Digital Transformation programme is being funded by the UK Government Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and there is no charge for eligible learners.

It is part of the “Level 3 Entitlement” Adult Education Budget funding to support younger people achieve the above outcomes.

How do I sign up and what is the sign up process?

If you are interested in participating in our Get Ahead in Digital Transformation, please click here to fill out our expression of interest form. We’ll be in touch within 1 working day.

Once you have completed the expression of interest form, the next steps in the process are:

  • We’ll send across our pre-enrolment form which allows us to make sure you are eligible for the programme.
  • If you are eligible to take part in the programme, we will invite you to an applicant day where you will complete a number of initial assessments, which help us to assess where you are at as a learner.
  • Once these initial assessments are completed, you will be sent a sign-up form in order to obtain the remaining information required for your place on the programme.

Our applicant days for the programme, will run on Tuesdays.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with our team:
0333 10 100 40

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