Software Developer Apprentice A.F.BLAKEMORE AND SON LIMITED

An excellent opportunity to join a highly respected Willenhall-based company has arisen, which will ideally suit someone that is keen and motivated in developing their software development skills. You will have experience of developing software and have the ambition and enthusiasm to turn you skills into a long-term career.

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Closing date: 05 Nov 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday: 8.30 - 5pm

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    06 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    7 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Higher Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available


This Apprentice Software Developer position will include training and experience in the following areas:

  • Developing the integrity of business applications, analysis, project planning, development, testing and implementation of software solutions in Progress Open Edge
  • You will also be providing a troubleshooting and first and second line support activity, automating IT operational tasks
  • Longer term the IT roadmap may also include the opportunity to cross train in C# and XRM

Skills to be acquired during the scheme:

  • Liaising with users to understand their requirements
  • Analyse and document the requirements, code, test and implement solutions
  • Project management, user training and project sign off
  • Scripting – automation and running control mechanisms as required
  • Database administration and performance
  • Application integration, team leading responsibility


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Experience of developing software. This could be through education or in a social/leisure based environment e.g. developing games
  • Experience of being in a work environment (e.g. part time or weekend work)
  • Located in or willingness to re-locate to the West Midlands
  • Willingness to travel to sites other than normal place of work for business purposes and stay away from home overnight

Personal qualities

  • Strong numerical skills
  • An inquisitive mind, you will enjoy problem solving
  • Attention to detail
  • An interest in IT
  • Ability to travel, work flexible hours and be available for out of hours support as agreed.

Qualifications required

  • You will possess a minimum 3 A’ Levels at grade C or above (or equivalents)
  • A computing qualification will be an advantage.


Future prospects

Excellent - this company are looking for the apprenticeship to be the start of a long term career

Things to consider

Do you possess the required interest and passion for Software Development? Do you possess the desired qualifications? Are you able to travel to the place of work in Willenhall on a daily basis? Do you have the ability to travel, work flexible hours and be available for out of hours support as agreed? 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).

About the employer

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd is the largest independent convenience store operator in the UK under the SPAR fascia with over 500 independent retailers plus over 320 company owned stores and 8000 employees in total across all of their divisions in England and Wales. It's through their 'putting people first' philosophy, that they are able to successfully lead, compete and operate within the fast paced Convenience Retail Market.




Long Acres Industrial Estate,


WV13 2JP

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Training provider

  • Level 4 Software Development Technician Trailblazer Standard qualification, together with on-site training by the employer
  • TDM Wyre Academy delivers Advanced and Higher apprenticeship programmes that are licensed by The Tech Partnership. The apprenticeship Standards equip young people with the skills for a career in technology
  • The Standards are a new accreditation that delivers top quality learning and development. The Standards have been created by leading organisations in the IT industry such as Google, BT and eSkills, and have been created to ensure that participants develop the blend of technical, business and interpersonal skills that are much in demand in the workplace
  • This role will be at the Higher Level 4 Standard Apprentice with a duration of 24 months

Apprenticeship standard

Digital Industries > Software Developer

Training provider

TDM Wyre Academy

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by The Development Manager Ltd


Anne Pilsworth 03301200610

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Closing date: 05 Nov 2017