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Apprentice Software Tester (NQC Ltd) NQC Ltd

Estio Training have an exciting new opportunity for a Software Tester Apprentice with a software company based in Manchester.

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Closing date: 10 Oct 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £11,000 – £16,000 Dependant on experience.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm With an hour for lunch.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    17 Oct 2022

  • Date posted

    10 Aug 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Key Responsibilities

The Software Tester is required to undertake the following responsibilities as part of their day to day activities: 

  • Robust testing of systems prior to implementation in accordance with testing and acceptance methodologies as may be required.
  • To produce technical procedures and documentation for the applications including user guides.
  • •To develop and maintain test scripts in accordance with testing and acceptance methodologies.
  • To investigate and reproduce bugs, issues and problems that may be identified and manage the corrections of these through to resolution.
  • To undertake other testing or technology related tasks as may be reasonably required.
  • Test and ensure the quality and resilience of all software delivered by the Development Team using structured processes and methodologies.
  • To test work as it is being developed by the team, and also validate new versions of the software from both an end user perspective, and from a performance perspective for deployment within our hosted environments.

General Responsibilities

  • In addition to the key role responsibilities outlined above, all staff are required to undertake the following responsibilities in adherence with company policies:
  • Be an ambassador for the company at all times.
  • Maintain a high quality of communications internally and externally.
  • Carry out any reasonable job-related task requested.
  • Implement and act in accordance with companies information security policies.
  • Protect assets from unauthorised access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference.
  • Execute responsibilities in line with security processes or policies.
  • Report security events or potential events or other security risks to the organisation.
  • Adherence at all times to confidentiality clauses set out in employment contract particularly with regards to the handling of sensitive data and information.
  • Attend training courses provided by the company and maintain awareness and adherence to company policies and processes.
  • Adhere to all company policies included within the employee handbook in particular the code of business ethics, the equality and diversity policy, the health and safety policy, internet and email policy and other asset related policies.

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

Estio apprenticeship training programmes are delivered virtually by our fully qualified and industry experienced training team. Using their expert knowledge, we’ve purposefully built our programmes around the real-world use of modern technology, so that the skills we create can be directly applied in the workplace.

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.
  • L4 National Certificate.

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, Organisation skills, Team working, Strong general IT skills, Office suite skills, Word and excel skills, Strong interpersonal skills, Well presented, Willingness to travel, Flexibility, Articulate and confident, Supports team members, Consistently motivated


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

About the employer

NQC is a global leader in supply chain risk management software, providing world class online solutions and data insights to global industry and governments. At NQC, our diverse, multi-lingual, and multi-skilled team reflects the global nature of the clients and industries which we serve. We are looking for talented Software Testers to join our Technical and Development Team and to help us to drive our technology forwards.




Jactin House

24 Hood Street


M4 6WX


Jack Taylor

0113 3500 333

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Software tester

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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