UKITA Information for students

The UKITA Association (pronounced “Yew-Key-Tah”)


  • An independent not-for-profit Trade Association which has been trading since 2002
  • Member of the Trade Association Forum
  • It has a constitution and code of conduct which members are expected to operate under

Advantages of membership:

  • Daily IT, Digital and Tech alert email for tenders and projects which they could apply for
  • Optional Quality Mark accreditation
  • Impartial information on IT apprenticeships, Government schemes and business support available in the marketplace

Duties and obligations:

  • Behave in an ethical manner towards clients, customers, staff and suppliers
  • Adhere to the UKITA code of conduct
  • Pay the UKITA membership fee annually

Costs and fees:

For Schools and Colleges:

Any schools or FE college departments which are interested in career paths into different parts of the IT, Digital and Tech Sectors can contact our Membership Services Director, Andrew Corbett  for information and advice on 01785 532381 or or via the livechat on the site.

Broadly the career destinations divide into:

  • Digital marketing and websites
  • Programming including mobile apps
  • Service providers – installers and support desk
  • Cyber security and information assurance
  • Sales

Our thanks:

Our thanks go to Northallerton School and Sixth Form College – link

Whose ICT A-level students pester us with coursework questions about UKITA and so caused us to make up this page for answers for them and other Schools and Colleges UK-wide!

It’s gratifying  to see courses that include the professional aspects of the smaller companies in the IT, Digital and Tech economy. We need young people to be seeing our industry as a potential place for them to launch successful  careers in the near future!

Apprenticeships and Skills

IT Apprenticeships,  placements and workforce skills development group

Smaller employers often steer clear of Government-funded training and skills schemes because they find them cumbersome to deal with. The things SME business owners tell us include:

  • “I don’t understand all this jargon – what’s actually in it for me as the business owner?”
  • “The candidates I have been offered in the past are not employable in my business  – I couldn’t put them in front of my clients”
  • “The providers don’t seem to realise that the real customer here is ME and my business. Not the provider, the funders or even to an extent the candidates.  I am the only person in this picture who has the option to say ‘no’ “
  • “The people I am offered for interview can sometimes tell me what they would LIKE to do but what I am really looking for is is a piece of relevant work they have already done that’s in some way relevant to what we do and which I can talk to  them about at interview  and assess their approach to work, problem solving and initiative”

Our experience at UKITA tells us that these criticisms are often justified.  But not always.

Provider characteristics that do tend to lead to apathy and low take-up by employers include:

  • A lack of meaningful filtering of candidates at the ‘input’ stage.  They take the view that ‘anyone who has a pulse is a potential candidate’.
  • Lack of real IT or real-world business experience from the leadership, management and delivery people at the provider. A public sector background is generally the reverse of a business person’s world view
  • Limited scope for the employer to have real input into what the candidates will be learning when they are away from the employer’s premises
  • Insufficient focus on real-world skills like analysis, problem-solving, knowing how to speak to people at various levels and in their approach to the workplace (punctuality, work ethic, initiative and attitude)

UKITA has formed an Apprenticeships, Skills and Employability group with the aim of providing a blueprint for the requirements and demands of the smaller employer (often called SMEs) in the IT, Digital and Tech sector. This will enable providers to tell us how well their offering fits our blueprint and allow us to list providers where we are happy to recommend their offering to our busy, demanding members and wider audience of business owners and employers.

We are also interested in undergraduate employment on employer-based projects, Business Administration apprenticeships (often seen as a ‘safer’ starting point to engage with apprenticeships for example) and ways in which IT, Digital and Tech  SME business owners are using formal or informal frameworks and systems to develop and optimise the skills and productivity of their existing workforce to enhance capability, productivity and the bottom line.

We have started to build a UK-wide list of SME-friendly schemes and we welcome conversations with training providers, FE and HE institutions and others. Get in touch with our central office or sign up for updates.


Our New and Growing Providers Register



Wyre Academy’s team of professionally-qualified trainers deliver blended training programmes towards nationally and internationally accredited (high stakes) qualifications in Tech and Digital Marketing. We critically balance and use blended online and offline approaches to ensure that the learning achieved is done according to both of our core teaching principles:

Principle 1: Learning should be “Just in Time” – you learn what you need to learn when you need to learn it.

Principle 2: Teaching should be delivered on “The Martini Principle” – your learning opportunities will be accessible Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere by use of sensibly blended digital and real-world media.



Telephone: 0333 10 100 68



At Digital Native we’re passionate about apprenticeships and we believe the apprenticeship experience should be unique for every apprentice and employer.

We take the time to listen and understand your requirements, we match the right young person to the right employer / job role and deliver bespoke training to ensure the apprenticeship is a success.

We’re selective about the young people and employers we work with. From our base at the Custard Factory in Birmingham we aim to give every apprentice the best start to their tech career.


Telephone: 0121 623 7230

Digital, IT & Tech Buyers Advice Service

Looking for completely FREE, IMPARTIAL and EXPERT business advice on how to go about sourcing a good supplier of Digital Marketing, Tech or IT products or services?

Get in touch with us right now at the membership office on 01785 532381 or via

If you have questions about how to find and engage with suppliers of business IT, Tech and Digital services and products, you can speak to us on 01785 532381 – email or use the livechat panel on the website.The UK IT Association is the independent Trade Association for the UK’s small and medium-sized  IT, Tech and Digital suppliers.

  • Our Membership office is staffed by IT/Tech experts with decades of experience and  nothing to sell you except the skills, services  and professionalism of our member companies.  We will offer you clear outline advice on options for your business technology and how to prepare yourself for going into the marketplace for IT/Tech products and services – We speak ENGLISH … not ‘computer’.
  • Our members have a wide range of skills and services to offer to business owners in need of business technology solutions  and our independent head office staff can advise on how to engage with suppliers, the types of questions to ask and answers to look for.
  • Over 95% of the suppliers in the industry fall into the category of ‘small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) and UKITA is composed of and run by representatives of the sector.

BlackBerry awarded Cyber Essentials Plus certification from the UK Government

BlackBerry has now announced they have become the first major mobile vendor to receive the new Cyber Essentials Plus (CE+) certification from the UK Government. Additionally, BlackBerry has announced they are now an accredited certifying body for Cyber Essentials Plus, with the certification being offered through BlackBerry Cybersecurity Services.

Click here to read the full story…

26% of British businesses ‘have no protection against cyber attacks’

Although businesses understand the importance of digital innovation, they aren’t prepared for the challenges

Almost a third of UK businesses are not sufficiently prepared against a cyber attack, research by software and services provider Advanced has revealed.

Additionally, 46% of companies don’t view data security as a priority when deciding which systems and software to adopt when furthering their digital presence.

“Digital innovation presents a huge opportunity for companies and our economy, but it also goes hand in hand with a need for greater emphasis on cyber security,” Tom Thackray, CBI Director for Innovation, said.

“Cyber resilience is a growing priority for all businesses, and the challenge now is to move from awareness to action. It’s important that businesses in all sectors – from manufacturing to retail – truly understand digital technology’s potential, from the boardroom to the shop or factory floor.”

Click here to read the full story…

FREE Tenders

10 days free access to our Tenders and Projects alerting service

(You will be taken to the UKITA Members site to complete a form – no credit or debit card details will be asked for)


See an archive of IT/Tech/Digital tenders and projects here (full UKITA  members get a DAILY alert email with full access to new tenders and projects )

Contact us on 01785 532381 or for more details on UKITA and how our Tender Alerting service works.






The 5 essential steps to keep your business safe online

BUSINESSES from across the West Midlands heard from cyber-security experts at a seminar held by, in association with Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and IComm. The panel, chaired by’s editor Alex Turner, included Emma Philpott, the chief executive of cyber-security certification body IASME, Steve Borwell-Fox, managing director of Borwell, cyber-crime protection officer Det Sgt Chris Greatorex, and Icomm Technologies’ Mark Lomas.

Click here to read the full story… (requires free signup)

Lee Kemp – Coaching for Change


Stand out from the crowd, raise your profile and win more bids with a consultancy qualification

We provide consultancy skills training that leads to recognised qualifications with the Chartered Management Institute and Institute of Consulting. As a Skillfair member you will qualify for a 10% discount on the standard course cost.


Your profile on Skillfair will be enhanced by acquiring a Level 5 Professional Consulting qualification, recognised in 46 countries. You will learn in the 3 day certificate level course, how to take an opportunity (Such as a Skillfair tender) identify the needs and develop a proposal that “sells” your value proposition. But that’s not all, see website for details.


Experience: Coaching For Change have been delivering consultancy training since 2008, taking some 216 people through qualification with the Chartered Management Institute. Delegates come from a wide range of sectors; Automotive, Consultancy Practices, Facilities Management, Food, Housing Construction, IT, Local government, Manufacturing, Nuclear, Not for profit, Real Estate, Research, Retail, Social Services. They share their experience, tools and techniques used on a day to day basis to deliver transformational change in high profile organisations.


Testimonials will help to sell Skillfair. Skillfair is more than a portal for opportunities, they are dedicated to lifting the profile of their members and providing access to relevant upskilling services.



01246 264965



Jan Bowen-Nielsen – Quiver Management


Enhance your professional credibility and win more tenders with a coaching qualification

We provide coaching and mentoring qualification training specifically designed for consultants and advisers. The qualifications are approved by the European and Mentoring Coaching Council (EMCC), the leading professional body for coaches and mentors in Europe. As a Skillfair member you will qualify for a 10% discount on the standard course costs.

Most tenders for coaching and mentoring now require a recognised qualification to make you eligible for providing the services. The internationally recognised qualifications will give you the competencies, confidence and credibility as a coach and as a mentor. We run the qualification programmes as open courses in London, Edinburgh and Bristol. You can gain our Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring for Professionals in just 2 months.


Quiver Management is an European Quality Award winning coaching and training company formed in 2002. We are a team of 18 coaches, trainers and consultants and have been providing business coaching and coaching/mentoring training for many 100s of leaders and professionals across the UK. We work with a wide variety of clients ranging from individual consultants and high growth SMEs to large corporates and professional services firms. Quiver Management is an Approved ILM Training Centre and an Approved EMCC EQA Provider.


Quiver Management has been a member of Skillfair since 17/12/2010 and we have spoken about the benefits of business coaching for both clients and for consultants at previous Skillfair events. We believe that Skillfair enables individual consultants and small consultancies to compete successfully for tender opportunities and we are keen to actively support consultants to win more business through upskilling and enhancing their professional credibility.

Click on this link to find out more about how you can become a qualified coach and mentor.


0333 123 2002



emcc ilm

David Wilson – Storia


Winning you tenders or coaching you to win

We help clients increase their profitability through successful tendering. With particular expertise in securing public sector opportunities, clients are able to access new markets or improve their win rate. As a Skillfair member you will qualify for a 10% discount on our standard fees.

The tender process can be daunting to newcomers and is always time consuming. We offer a variety of services geared to help you win more business. We can: 1) train your team to create winning proposals 2) review your bids and give constructive feedback that will strengthen your pitch or create 3) project manage your whole bid submission from start to finish – freeing you up to concentrate on existing clients.

Established in 2010, we have helped clients win multi-year contracts worth millions of pounds for housing, education, social services and IT – working with them at every stage of the procurement process from PQQ to ITT through to initial implementation of their successful tender.

We have been members of Skillfair since our inception – we believe it is the best value tender alert service available and our partnership with Skillfair will give you the tools you need to convert more of those opportunities into new business.



07512 710551