Apprentice Software Developer MHR

As an Academy Software Engineer, you will work as a part of a team, working alongside skilled and experienced individuals who are motivated to train and coach you on coding standards, learn the tools, techniques and approaches used by engineering professionals and apply them in a controlled environment.

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

    5 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 a 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.


We expect you to be ready to tackle (and enjoy!) programming tasks from the outset, but we will take the time to mentor you through small packages of work and enhancements to our People First product. You will get the exposure to all our technology stacks these include C# .NET, Java, and an Angular front end. But don’t worry, whatever you may choose now doesn’t set the rest of your career - we would love to see you grow in all our technology stack as you develop.

The Academy program is set up to help and support you for the first stages of your programming career before moving on to work in our product teams looking after the key modules of our People First Software offering which includes HR, Talent, and Payroll.


Expected Competencies you will have:

  • A proven interest in coding through an A Level / college course or through online platforms like Code Academy and are seeking a Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship
  • A passionate individual who is excited about software development, a desire to learn and who wants to forge a long-standing career with MHR
  • A passion for technology, programming, and problem solving
  • An awareness of the Software Delivery Lifecycle and Agile methodologies


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

  • You will be taken on a fully planned onboarding program welcoming you to MHR and our products/services
  • Based on your skillset we will tailor a training program just for you based on a phased approach to build you up to working in our product delivery teams
  • Key areas we will focus on throughout your time with us in the Software Academy are:
    • How to write good quality code using defined coding standards and guardrails
    • How to test any changes that are made and the process we go through
    • Understanding build processes and deployments of the People First software
    • How to write performant and secure code
    • Giving you the chance to learn from attending talks, pair programming, watching tutorials and writing of code
  • In the later phases of the Academy, we will identify product improvements from the Product Design and Research teams and ways for you to deliver value stream work into the product


It might be the role for you if you are:

  • Passionate about writing code and software
  • Are self-motivated and have the desire and motivation to push yourself to learn and grow
  • Love tech and want to gain new skills at the cutting edge


Personal qualities

  • Passionate about technology
  • Eagerness to learn new technologies and processes
  • Ability to build good working relationships
  • Enjoy working in a team and problem solving
  • Able to take ownership of work
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good time management


If you’re thinking, that sounds just like me, then get your application in with us now!

The training you will be getting

As part of the Level 4 Software Developer 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 within the business. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

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