IT Apprentice - Software Tester Paul Mason Consulting

A perfect role for someone looking to begin their career in IT. This Apprenticeship will involve testing products for key retail clients among other software duties.This is a great opportunity to learn new skills and start an interesting career with progression opportunities available for the right candidate.

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    35 hours

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    25 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    08 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Daily tasks to include:

  • The Apprentice Software Tester will participate in the delivery of testing projects for key PMC retail clients, through the full project life cycle.
  • To attend workshops comprising business and or technical representatives to cover test-dependent activities such as requirement verification and prioritisation, test scenario identification and general matters.
  • To ensure that test scenarios and scripts are prepared in a structured way, prioritised to reflect business or technical priorities and are approved by appropriate stakeholders.
  • To create allocated test scripts, monitor test execution and ensure results are recorded.
  • To co-ordinate re-testing of defects and issues.
  • To prepare and maintain relevant test documentation, including test scripts, activity schedules, narrative and written reports, and visual progress charts.
  • The Apprentice Software Tester will take responsibility for time management, reporting and monitoring, risk management, issue management, quality assurance and change management.
  • To support other test team members and associated IT and Business resources as appropriate to the implementation of testing related activities.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Be able to develop effective relationships with all PMC staff and clients, and be recognised as providing a supporting role.
  • Demonstrate good communication, both orally and in writing, with colleagues and clients including producing reports, preparing, organising and delivering presentations using appropriate tools and techniques.
  • Good at determining a course of action by breaking it down into smaller steps and by planning and resourcing each of these, making allowance for potential problems.
  • Able to contribute effectively towards the objectives of a team, and be able to share knowledge, ideas and information. Aware of the needs, objectives and constraints of those in other disciplines and functions.
  • Able to solve problems in a measured and creative way.
  • Act in a professional manner, and exhibit the required behaviour that should act as an example to other employees.
  • Undertake tasks with a positive attitude and respond well to management and client requests. Working locations may include a variety of client sites.
  • Good at acquiring an understanding of a problem or situation, and developing an approach to interacting with the situation.

Personal qualities

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual who is willing to learn and get stuck in.

Qualifications required

  • Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade A* - D or equivalent including English and Maths.
  • Relevant IT qualification such as A-level In IT or Level 2 Diploma in IT.

Future prospects

The right candidate can continue to develop within our Testing team. We have a structured career path from Test Analyst to Test Manager.

Things to consider

Please apply as soon as possible for this role. Should the right candidate be found prior to the closing date, then the vacancy may be closed early. Oxfordshire Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post involves the type of work with children and young people that requires applicants to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post. All cases are considered confidentially and according to the nature of the role and information disclosed Induction Day Any new person applying for apprenticeship roles where Abingdon and Witney College deliver the training will be required to attend an Apprenticeship Induction Day at Witney or Abingdon campus. This will consist of a series of initial assessments (required prior to an apprenticeship offer), completion of essential paperwork, the opportunity to find out more about the apprenticeship process, the training included, and a forum for your questions. As a new Apprenticeship Applicant you will only have to undergo this process once. If you would like to talk to us about the assessments or if you would need any extra support to attend the Induction Day please call us on 01235 216216. Qualification checks By applying for this vacancy you are giving Abingdon and Witney College permission to undertake a Learner Record Service check on your previous qualifications. Individuals who already have a Level 4 qualification are now eligible for a Level 5 or above Higher Apprenticeship only. They are not eligible for funding for an Intermediate Level, Advanced Level or Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship. We make every effort to ensure that applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds or those who may not have the formal GCSE entry requirements can access apprenticeships where possible.

About the employer

PMC is the market leading provider of IT solutions and services to the retail sector. With the scale and flexibility to deliver on projects of any size, our services cover everything from consulting and project management, through to implementation services, managed support services and offshore solutions. PMC also offers specialist in-house and 3rd party software solutions.

With experience of working with over 80 of the UKs largest and most exciting retailers, our track record and reputation is built on the strength of our people, our knowledge of retail and our ability to deliver.

PMC has a friendly working environment, and we can offer excellent career opportunities to those who join us on a permanent basis. We offer a range of employee benefits including generous holiday entitlement, pension scheme and healthcare.


Paul Mason Consulting



Blacklands Way


OX14 1DY

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Training provider

What does the apprenticeship involve?
The IT and technology sector is very broad ranging and allows people to use technical and customer skills to produce solutions to everyday problems within a digital environment.

This apprenticeship focuses on computing, software/web development and networking skills and provides training in both the technical and customer service elements of IT roles. Apprentices will learn how to develop, build, maintain and install both hardware and software. Training will also be provided in how to troubleshoot and test as well as setting up new equipment or upgrading systems

Qualifications Included:

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Competence for IT & Telecoms Professionals, Level 3 Extended Certificate in IT At Functional skills in Maths, English and ICT, Employee Rights and Responsibilities, Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Example course content:
• Technical advice and guidance
• Testing and securing ICT systems
• Website design
• Software installation and upgrades
• Working with ICT hardware
• Technical fault diagnosis
• System management

Apprenticeship framework

IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Abingdon & Witney College


Zainab mirmalek 01235 216370

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017