Software Engineer Apprentice AVERY BERKEL

An excellent opportunity to join a Birmingham-based company in a supportive working environment, working with an experienced software development team in all stages of the software development lifecycle. You will be using modern technologies and tools to develop innovative software to solve real world customer problems.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 09 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday – 8.00am – 4.45 pm. Friday – 8.00 am – 1.00 pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    54 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    10 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • You will be part of the software team that supports and maintains existing software as well as developing new features and products including embedded products and web-based applications

The main activities of the role will include:

  • Investigation and diagnosis of issues reported by customers
  • Maintenance of existing software to fix issues and add new features
  • Building and testing of software releases
  • Creating software release notes
  • You will work directly under the guidance of the Software Development Manager and will be supported by other members of the software team

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

  • Achieve BSc (Hons) in Digital and Technology Solutions and Apprenticeship certificate
  • The degree apprenticeship begins with a 7 week technical training block held on campus at Aston University, delivering core computing and business skills to enable you to become an effective team member in the workplace straight away
  • The course is blended applied academic and work-based learning to your role, complementing skills, focused on discussion and group work
  • Daily office based at our Smethwick office and some on campus visits at Aston University

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Successful completion of the apprenticeship could lead to a full-time permanent contract as a Software Engineer within the R&D department. Having completed the Degree Apprenticeship in Digital and Technology Solutions, you will have the foundations you need for a successful and rewarding professional career at Avery Berkel

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Enthusiastic and professional, Committed to new learning, Well organised, Seek help when needed


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential
AS Level or equivalent STEM subject (Grade B or equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

This role is based at our Head office in Smethwick, candidates must be able to travel to the office daily and, when required, to Aston University. Additional requirements are to be 18 or over when starting the apprenticeship (for legal reasons); be UK/EEA Nationality or Permanent Residency Status/Residing in the UK/EEA to (regulation reason)

About the employer

The company is a trusted brand name and a recognised leader among commercial food equipment worldwide and an international business with a great world-wide reputation. Avery Berkel is a name known and trusted throughout the globe. No-one else has a history of making such a wide range of quality, innovative products with a continually changing focus on customer’s requirements. While we are proud to have an impressive global reputation, we take great care to look after and support our local markets. It is because our products have always given an honest weight that we have a global reputation for trust. Think of any food or ingredients that need to be weighed and we weigh them. We lead the industry through technology and software development. We have an impressive range of products that will suit any retail environment from large supermarkets to small independent specialists. Avery Berkel is part of Illinois Tool Works (ITW). We are a multinational business with an excellent world-wide reputation. ITW businesses serve local customers and markets around the globe, with a significant presence in developed as well as emerging markets. The company has operations in 57 countries that employ more than 50,000 women and men who adhere to the highest ethical standards. These talented individuals, many of whom have specialized engineering or scientific expertise, contribute to our global leadership in innovation. We are proud of our broad portfolio of more than 17,000 granted and pending patents.




Foundry Lane


B66 2LP

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Training provider



Debbie Weaver

Apprenticeship standard

Digital and technology solutions professional (integrated degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Employer's Application Instructions

Candidates should send an up to date CV to Debbie Weaver at including a covering letter explaining your main motivation for applying for this apprenticeship. It is essential you state your predicted or actual grades for all relevant qualifications. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a first stage interview at our offices in Smethwick and a second stage interview will include online tests that assess critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 09 Jun 2023