Software Developer apprenticeship

With an accelerating growth in technology and our need for custom-made software, the demand for trained software developers has been on the rise for years. And there’s no sign of it slowing down.

Some companies manage their own software development in-house, but others outsource their requirements to a tech specialist. These tech specialists build high-quality solutions for their clients such as computer programmes, apps and websites. Both business types need software developers who can deliver their requirements by managing the full software development lifecycle.

The Software Developer apprenticeship gives people these sought-after technical skills. They'll learn to convert requirements into simple, functional software products using advanced programming techniques and development methodologies
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Who is the Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship for?

The Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship is an advanced skills development opportunity. Apprentices may be new recruits ready for their next software development role, or current in-house junior software developers taking the next step in their career.

Either way, during their apprenticeship, learners will be responsible for building software solutions from research and design to development, testing and continuous improvement.

Apprentices may be in one of the following job roles:
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Software developers on this apprenticeship will typically be working as part of a team but in a smaller organisation they may be the only developer on a project. They’ll interpret design documentation and specifications to meet customer or business requirements, using modern programming techniques to develop solutions such as computer programmes, applications, systems or websites.

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19 months



Funding for the Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are funded by businesses and/or the Government. Apprentices never have to pay for their training.

Small businesses, or SMEs, who hire an apprentice can pay for the apprenticeship through co-investment or levy transfer. They'll receive 95-100% of the training costs covered. Large employers may pay through their apprenticeship levy.

Click here to find out more about apprenticeship funding for SMEs and levy payers.

The benefits of a Software Developer apprenticeship

  • To make a true business impact, apprentices work on practical assignments and real projects aligned to their company
  • Delivered virtually on-the-job to reduce time away from the workplace
  • Inclusive training for any age or background
  • Specialist advanced software development training in areas such as computer interface design, coding best practice, applying algorithms and logic, and recovery techniques.
“The apprenticeship covered the same topics I am working with and use the same Microsoft technologies I do at work. Learning the theory helped with the practical tasks I was given by project managers.”

Gabriel Brown, Software Developer apprenticeship

What does the Software Developer apprenticeship cover?

Intequal’s Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship provides people with the technical skills and knowledge to build, maintain and test innovative software. It also upskills learners to effectively communicate with both tech and non-tech audiences.

Whether you’re a jobseeker looking for practical experience, or a business competing for digital talent, a Software Developer apprenticeship with on-the-job software development training will give you a competitive advantage.

During the Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship, apprentices will learn :

Modern Programming

The advanced modern programming techniques for multi-platform development using concepts such as machine learning and AI.

Advanced Databases

An advanced understanding of databases including design, advanced queries, normalisation, administration and maintenance.

Development Methodologies

How to develop quality software as a team using major development methodologies such as Agile and Waterfall.

Human Computer Interaction

The fundamentals of sound computer interface design and how to implement this using modern development tools.

Software Testing

The various software testing techniques required to produce quality software.

Apprenticeship Plus+

An optional commercial certificate to enrich the apprenticeship and develop skills in specific technologies or practices. Choose from a range of ITIL, Microsoft Azure, or Microsoft DevOps solutions.

For more information on the Software Developer apprenticeship, get in touch with our team.

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