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Software Apprentice (Sentinel Partners) SENTINEL LTD

As a tester, you will be responsible for evaluating software functions and designing test protocols to ensure that products work as intended. You will also be responsible for completing all testing procedures, suggesting performance changes, and preparing performance reports for your colleagues.

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Closing date: 27 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Shifts to be confirmed between the hours of 09:00 - 17:30.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    18 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Learn about Sentinel product offering and its applications
  • Undertake simple tasks in developing client offering as instructed by more senior staff
  • Over time, help to configure our software (training will be given) to be able to receive and process client data
  • Help to match records within our solution, understanding the impacts that poor data quality can have on this
  • Produce user documentation (User Guides) to match the configured solutions
  • Support client testing and resolve test defects

Develop IT skills and knowledge to include a number of the following:

  • SQL
  • Microsoft Azure,
  • Microsoft Power BI
  • Understanding of JAVA, or other programming language
  • Understanding of HTML5 or another Web technology   
  • Using the software as intended to analyse its functional properties
  • Designing manual and automated test procedures to evaluate each software product
  • Building, coding, and implementing software evaluation test programs
  • Running test programs to ensure that testing protocols evaluate the software correctly
  • Tweaking the software testing systems for maximum performance
  • Finalising and documenting testing procedures
  • Completing final tests and creating test reports
  • Presenting test reports to management and suggesting software fixes

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

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, Team working, Computer literacy, A good eye for detail, Software troubleshooting, Knowledge of debugging codes, Software development languages, Writing skills, Customer focused, Strong attention to detail, Ability to collate data, Compile test reports, A desire to learn, Confident and Pro-active, Enthusiastic, Positive outlook, Excellent work ethic


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

Essential • Computer literacy. • Have knowledge of software design and engineering. • A good eye for detail, and a natural gift for software troubleshooting. • Able to identify flaws in software designs and suggest simple yet effective fixes. • Knowledge of debugging codes and software development languages.

About the employer

Sentinel Partners are data and systems integration specialists. We provide software solutions that can quickly and reliably bring information and understanding together from the various sources of data that an organisation holds. Among the many benefits are greater data sharing and true collaborative working among teams and partner organisations. Sentinel's systems work with any type of data but we specialise in the hardest data type of all, which are the records that identify people. We do this even with data that is of variable quality and completeness. We do this in robust and compliant ways. If you have problems in making your data work for your organisation, then please talk to us. With our experience and products on board, we can help in more ways than you realise. We can transform your world.




Kingsway House, 40-41 Foregate Street



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Training provider



Daniel Buck


Apprenticeship standard

Software tester

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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