Software Developer - Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
Why this apprenticeship?
The primary role of a software developer is to build and test simple, high-quality code across front end, logic, and database layers.
A developer will typically be working as part of a larger team, in which they will have responsibility for some of the straightforward elements of the overall project.
The developer will need to be able to interpret design documentation and specifications.
The customer requirements will typically be defined and agreed by more experienced or specialist members of the team, such as a business analyst or technical architect.
Typical job roles include: Web Developer, Application Developer, Mobile App Developer, Games Developer, and Software Developer.
For those who have completed a Level 3 qualification, Higher Apprenticeships are a nationally accredited work-based programme designed to meet employers' needs at a higher skill level and include qualifications equivalent to higher education (Level 4 and 5).
Why choose an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to gain a nationally recognised qualification and valuable skills whilst working. We are a major provider of apprenticeships in the South East, helping employers to find the right apprentice for their business or upskill existing employees, and supporting individuals to succeed.
This standard will support you to:
- Understand and operate at all stages of the software development life cycle
- Understand the similarities and differences (taking into account positives and negatives of both approaches) between agile and waterfall software development methodologies
- Understand how teams work effectively to produce software and contributes appropriately
Cost & Finance
Apprenticeships are paid training schemes. You will learn and earn at the same time.
Wages will vary depending on the type of apprenticeship, but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16 – 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their studies. From April 2018, this is £3.70 per hour and from April 2019 it will increase to £3.90 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate. After a year, all apprentices need to be paid the minimum wage for their age. For more information please see the Government NMW web page.
How long does an apprenticeship take?
An apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level and subject area. As a guide, an Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship usually takes around 12 to 18 months and an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship around 18 to 24 months.
What might my working hours be?
Apprentices are required to have a minimum of 30 contracted hours with an employer who will agree working patterns. Expect 20% of your contracted time to be dedicated to your apprenticeship training.