Software Tester Apprentice EXCELPOINT LIMITED

Are you a logical problem-solving person? Do you like looking in to all the details and resolving the problem? If so then we have the opportunity for you.

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Closing date: 23 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    24 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    27 Jul 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

As part of our fast-paced development team you will work alongside our Lead Developers and be a key member of the product development process with involvement in the internal scoping, design/UX, front end HTML/CSS and development stages of projects.

Although we are not specifically seeking experience in any particular field, if you are a logically-minded person that thrives on problem solving then this role is right for you.

As we currently don't have a support team and the technical team cover both development and support you will also be responsible for sharing in the support of our customers as per business needs.

You should have the passion, experience and confidence to contribute to research and development within the company to ensure we keep right on top of emerging development techniques (e.g. responsive design, mobile). You should also have a commitment to best practice, an appetite for innovation, and excellent communication skills. If you seek a role where your input is considered, valued and acted upon - join our team.

Skills that Pay Bills

  • Excellent understanding of front end and UI design
  • Good knowledge of and around software development
  • Be capable of developing and maintaining a Test Plan
  • Must be disciplined to document logical and thorough processes that test and re-test all aspects of our product
  • Assist with the support of customer implementations by contributing to the resolution of customer incidents

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • An understanding of User Experience and responsive design and development techniques
  • Knowledge of testing tools and frameworks available commercially
  • Ability to develop Unit and Integration Test scripts

Personal qualities

  • Passionate about Developing creative solutions to business problems
  • Excited to be part of a secure, growing and flexible team
  • Able to work under pressure supporting the demands of the project not the clock
  • Good communication skills
  • Passionate about customers, other team members, the company – your company
  • Ability to use and demonstrate your own initiative working independently of supervisory input for extended periods
  • Critical Thinker
  • Aptitude for Maths

Qualifications required

Ideally a minimum 5 GCSE’s C and above Including Maths, English and ICT (or equivalents)

Future prospects

This role has the capability of becoming a Full Time Tester, a Programmer, or a Business Consultant. A Business Consultant works on customer challenges to convert business requirements into innovative software solutions whereas a Programmer will work on the core product producing source code and core functionality.

Things to consider

Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. It is highly important that you do not contact the Employers directly – any attempt of this may invalidate candidate’s application. Should you have any queries regarding your Application or the job itself, please contact your 3aaa Training Academy.

About the employer

Excelpoint is a privately owned British software development and implementation company based in the North East of England. We specialise in enterprise-wide software, browser-based business applications and business process improvement.




Evans Incubation Centre Office F12

Durham Way South

Newton Aycliffe


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Training provider

Throughout the duration of your Apprenticeship you will be required to attend the 3aaa Technology Academy in Middlesbrough for up to 12 weeks on a block release basis for structured training. The remainder of your training will be completed in the workplace with your Employer. You will work towards a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship for IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals. The qualifications consist of:

  • Edexcel Advanced Apprenticeship in IT, Software, Web and Telecoms
  • L3 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence
  • L3 Extended Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles
  • Level 2 Functional Skills English, Maths, ICT (if applicable)

Apprenticeship framework

IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by ASPIRE ACHIEVE ADVANCE LIMITED


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Closing date: 23 Oct 2017