Software Development Technician Apprenticeship

Overview

Software Development Technicians are the supportive entry-level team member helping to create computer programmes. Some assist in developing the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others assist in developing the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

A Software Development Technician typically works as a junior member of a software development team, to build simple software components (whether web, mobile or desktop applications) to be used by other members of the team as part of larger software development projects or by end users. They will interpret simple design requirements for discrete components of the project under supervision.

The approach will typically include implementing code, building on code that other team members have developed, to produce the required component. The Software Development Technician will also be engaged in testing that the specific component meets its intended functionality.

A Software Development Technician is typically office-based however field-based research and testing may require periods of time working in the environments of the clients whose needs they are seeking to meet.

Software development in essence is solving problems. Apprentices learn to understand client requirements and the business context of the software solutions you provide. They also learn how to apply logical thinking and structured problem-solving approaches. Through the apprenticeship our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Learning Mentors (LMs) and world-leading trainers will prepare learners to work across multiple sectors.

Firebrand deliver the programme through a blended framework of Residential and Online Classroom learning, based on our Lecture, Lab and Review methodology. Apprentice’s learning will be supplemented with support from our SMEs, get full access to an e-learning platform that covers all areas of software development activities as well as over 5000 courses on other relevant topics to the industry.

Audience

This apprenticeship is ideal if you’re interested in: Embarking on a career in job roles such as:

  • Software Development Technician
  • Junior Developer
  • Junior Web Developer
  • Junior Application Developer
  • Junior Mobile App Developer
  • Junior Software Developer
  • Junior Programmer
  • Assistant Programmer

Funding

£18,000.

Level

This is a Level 4 Apprenticeship.

Professional Recognition

Apprenticeship progression routes are also available to learners with options like the Level 4 Network Engineer or L4 Cyber Security Technologist.

Duration

16 months total: 13 months Practical, 3 months EPA .

Prerequisites

Before attending this accelerated apprenticeship, you should have:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs or A-Levels, a level 2 qualification (apprenticeship or BTEC in a relatable subject) or relevant experience and/or an aptitude test

STEM subjects would also be beneficial to your application.

End Point Assessment

All Apprenticeships end with the End Point Assessment (EPA). This is completed by a third party, the End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO). The EPA encompasses the evaluation of all of the work completed throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship.

For the Level 3 Software Development Technician Apprenticeship, the EPA consists of a Knowledge Test comprised of 2 units, and a Presentation and Interview also comprised of 2 units, with the independent assessor. 

The apprentice will only enter the EPA ‘Gateway’ once the Employer is content that the apprentice is working at or above the occupational standard. In making this decision, the in-work mentor may take advice from Firebrand, but the decision must ultimately be made by them.

The EPAO determines when all other Gateway requirements have been met, and the EPA period will only commence once the EPAO has confirmed this.

The EPA assessment period in Gateway can be anything from 4 weeks to 6 months.

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