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Software Tester Apprentice (REALTIME) REALTIME

Estio Training have an exciting new opportunity for a Quality Assurance Tester with REALTIME, a CGI, VFX and Animation Company based in Preston.

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Closing date: 22 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £15,000 - £18,000 based on experience

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    17 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    15 Jun 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Implement QA processes, professional standards and set the highest standards in testing to support the requirements of the project.
  • Ensure that all issues and bugs are reported in an efficient and informative manner, keeping with the extremely high standard expected by REALTIME.
  • Become the QA Expert for your project.
  • Own, manage, create & regularly execute test cases throughout the project life cycle. This includes document testing practises, QA process & reporting methods.
  • Actively participate in test requirement gathering with developers to ensure QA effectively tests & supports all features of the project.
  • To communicate to all levels of staff within the REALTIME team both verbal & written.
  • Ensure that all tasks are carried out efficiently and all instructions are followed accurately.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Throughout the apprenticeship learners receive coaching, help and guidance from a dedicated team who are there to ensure they get the most from their work experience.

Successful completion of this apprenticeship gives you an accredited Level 4 Software Tester, with training in how to:

  • Ensure that the software used within your business operates as intended.
  • Design and prepare test plans and conduct software testing as appropriate to ensure your software is fit for purpose.
  • Collect and interpret the results of testing and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Understand the software lifecycle and apply software development practices.
  • Document and report test results.
  • Store, manage and share test data in a secure manner.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The role offers long term security and the opportunity to progress into a permanent position.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Excellent Communication


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

Bonus Points: • Management and execution of various automated tests via developer. in house self-created tools • Experience using version control software • Familiarity of issue task tracking and project management tools • Experience with using the following software • Jira • Perforce • SVN • Visual Studio • UE4

About the employer

An award-winning creative studio, we tell cutting-edge visual stories through high quality CGI, animation and VFX. Our combination of artistry, technical excellence and dedication helps us create immersive experiences that bring the CGI world to life.




Willows Farm Studios

Ballam Road, Westby



Jessica Hargraves

0113 3500 333

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Software tester

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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