As a Software Tester in our Academy you'll collaborate with a team of skilled professionals dedicated to training and coaching. They will guide you in understanding the relationship between testing and QA within our software teams. Through hands-on experiences, you'll learn the tools, techniques, and approaches employed by testing professionals.

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

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.30pm, half hour lunch break

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2024

  • Date posted

    20 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

About the role:

The MHR Software Academy programme is designed to give you ownership of your career aspirations, supported by training and practical experience to help you succeed. You will be part of our People First Software team and be assigned mentor, who will support and guide you throughout your career with us. All of this is designed to complement your career development, fuel your ambition, and give depth to your training and career.

Anticipate exposure to various testing methods for our software product; rest assured; each approach will be introduced gradually. Your journey begins within our Software Academy team, starting with our manual testing strategies. You will then join one of our Product delivery teams, engaging in pair testing alongside an industry expert and participating in Agile Ceremonies to comprehend our product delivery process.

Throughout your apprenticeship, you will receive training in our tooling, encompassing the creation of Test Automation using the Playwright framework. Additionally, you will be integrated into our Service Desk department to gain insights into customer queries and issues, enhancing your understanding of our software. By the end of your time in the Academy and apprenticeship, you will have acquired comprehensive knowledge of the key aspects of becoming a Software Tester, preparing you for a successful transition into a full-time role within one of our product teams.

Expected Competencies you will have:

  • Attention to detail
  • Critical thinking
  • Curiosity
  • Quality advocate
  • User-Centric approach
  • A technical aptitude 

What will you learn in our Software Academy?

You will have the chance to work alongside other apprentices and graduates in our Software Academy but also working closely with industry experts to help upskill and train you in how we work. Here are some of the key areas you focus on:

  • Understanding the difference between "Testing" and "Quality Assurance"
  • How to use Tooling to support our testing framework
  • Apply different testing strategies for example regression suites
  • Apply and support a number of different testing levels
  • Conform to industry standards for things like GDPR
  • How to write clear and concise documentation
  • Have a deep understanding of all testing categories and which ones we use 

What will your day-to-day role look like?

  • You'll embark on a fully planned onboarding program designed to introduce you to MHR and our suite of products and services
  • A customised training program will be tailored specifically to your skillset, employing a phased approach that progressively prepares you for integration into our product delivery teams
  • Your journey will involve collaboration with the Software Academy, internal Product teams responsible for delivering customer functionality, and our in-house Service Desk team

Throughout your tenure in the Software Academy, we will emphasize key areas, including:

  • Various software testing types
  • Software testing levels
  • Risk-based testing
  • Manual and Automated testing
  • Utilisation of tools supporting our processes and frameworks
  • Crafting clear and concise documentation
  • Understanding build processes and deployments of People First software
  • Writing performant and secure code
  • Opportunities for learning through attending talks, pair programming, watching tutorials, and hands-on code writing

The training you will be getting

Training to be provided: As part of the Level 4 Software Tester apprenticeship standard, you’ll be registered as a member with the British Computer Society and be on a fast track to an industry recognised qualification and your dedicated industry coach will support you through a blended approach that will include remote, in person, 1-2-1 and group learning.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Continued employment and career progression. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent 7 GCSE's including Maths and English (Grade A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent)) Essential
A Level or equivalent Computer Science, Maths, Science or similar (Grade A - C) Essential

About the employer

MHR is an specialist provider of HR, payroll, analytics and engagement software and services and extremely proud to have the unique accolade that everything from research to delivery is carried out in-house. Founded in the 1980s, MHR thrives on helping organisations of all shapes and sizes to strengthen their core – their people. MHR combines the stability, expertise and proven methodologies of a established provider, with the innovative forward-thinking vision of an agile growing business.




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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Software tester

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Aug 2024