Software Degree Apprenticeship - 10746 Science and Technology Facilities Council

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Closing date: 09 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:30pm

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    36 months

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    14 Mar 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Degree Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

Responsibilities of the Apprentice – In this role, you will:

  • Support us in the development of new software and systems
  • Engage fully with the off-site and on-site training programme
  • Communicate and work with team members, users, scientists, engineers, and management including writing documentation for technical and non-technical users
  • Take an active role in both technical and nontechnical meetings
  • Work independently at times and ask questions if unsure
  • Take responsibility for ensuring your work does what is needed and meets the quality criteria specified
  • Analyse evidence and data to solve problems
  • Help deploy solutions to production and help provide support after release
  • Use a variety of tools and technologies used by the teams to develop software and manage computer systems
  • Present a topic to a small group of people and answer questions
  • Participate in the wider department and Apprentice training program

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

You will ideally have:

  • Enthusiasm for IT and knowledge of computers/programming
  • An organised approach
  • Good written and verbal communication skills 
  • initiative, especially regarding learning new things

Personal qualities

Someone with an enthusiastic, professional attitude and a commitment to learning new skills.

Qualifications required

You will ideally have gained or be on track to gain 3 A levels at grade C or above or a BTEC Level 3 in Computing (or similar subject) or equivalent.

Future prospects

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Things to consider

You will undertake placements that will develop your expertise in: • Web development – you will be taught how to create rich interactive websites including use of and development of web APIs • Scientific software development – you will learn how to build specialist software used by scientists to help them understand the data collected from their experiment • Device control software development– you will learn how to develop code to automatically control scientific equipment • Systems management – you will find out how to automate the management of many servers and large amounts of data (e.g. using Linux and command line interfaces) From 1st October 2016 The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £3.40 per hour. From April 2017 this rises to £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training.

About the employer

You will be working for… A Government Science Organisation, based near Oxford on a site with 1000's of employees. Be part of QA’s 10k in Tech and add yourself to the UK’s tech explosion!


Science and Technology Facilities Council


Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Harwell Oxford


OX11 0QX

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Training provider

Are you a bit of a problem-solver? Eager to take your technology knowledge to the next level?

Our Software and Web Development Degree programme blends online learning, face-to-face workshops and on-the-job experience to transform apprentices into highly-skilled graduate developers and programmers.

Offering apprentices a degree without the debt!

The qualifications gained:

  • FdSc in Computing from the University of Roehampton
  • BSc (Hons) in Digital and Technology Solutions from the University of Roehampton

Apprenticeship framework

IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by QA Limited



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Closing date: 09 Sep 2017