DevOps Engineer Apprenticeship

Overview

The primary role of a DevOps engineer Apprenticeship is to make the practices and process of developing, testing and deploying working software faster, more efficient, and more reliable through automation and harmonisation of systems and tools.

Key to their success as DevOps engineers is good understanding of software development practices, having the required programming/scripting skills and understanding operations at the deployment end – on premises or cloud infrastructure.

Learners in this programme will gain a deeper understanding of software development life cycle, methodologies, agile software development practices and fundamental DevOps concepts, values, practices and techniques. The programme takes a cloud-infrastructure focused perspective and incorporates infrastructure knowledge in the design and implementation of DevOps practices, cloud security aspects, source control and CI/CD implementation.

Scripting is a key skill a DevOps engineer should possess .  The Python programming language course included in this programme will equip the learner with the skills required for automation and configuration efforts in DevOps environments and thus eliminating manual tasks.

In addition to the knowledge and skills, the learner in this programme will develop an aptitude for working in a collaborative environment, recognise that technology evolves at a rapid pace and embrace continuous learning through experimentation, peer reviews and feedback.

Firebrand deliver through a blended framework of Residential and Online Classroom learning, based on our Lecture, Lab and Review methodology. Through our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) , specialist Learning Mentors (LMs) and world-leading trainers , our programme prepares learners to work across all sectors. Your 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 are:

  • Interested in becoming a DevOps engineer, an automation engineer, a release engineer, a deployment engineer, a cloud infrastructure engineer, a full-stack developer
  • Involved in implementing DevOps processes and are looking to develop your knowledge and understanding of key DevOps concepts, and acquire relevant skills to build and deploy secure applications rapidly

Funding

£17,000.

Level

This is a Level 4 Apprenticeship.

Professional Recognition

You will be able to apply for entry onto the professional Register of IT Technicians (RITTech) to benchmark and confirm your professional competence. Apprenticeship progression routes are also available in a relevant pathway of the BSc Digital and Technology Solutions Degree.

Duration

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

Curriculum

On this accelerated programme, you'll learn the following knowledge and skills:

  • The software development lifecycle, the various methodologies and the roles and responsibilities within the software development stages. This will equip learners to work across the various stages of the SDLC
  • Foundational programming skills in Python including TDD concepts and use of unit testing frameworks
  • Core knowledge and understanding of fundamental DevOps values, practices, and techniques in a framework-agnostic learning
  • Design and implementation of DevOps processes and practices through combination of people, process and technology in order to deliver products and services that meet business and end user needs
  • Key cloud security issues, best practices and demonstrate technical knowledge and skills required to manage information security in the cloud

Prerequisites

Before attending this accelerated apprenticeship, you should have:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs or A-Levels, a level 3 qualification (apprenticeship or BTEC in a relatable subject) or relevant experience and/or an aptitude test
  • An existing qualification at the same or higher level than this apprenticeship in a similar subject

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 4 DevOps Engineer Apprenticeship, the EPA consists of:

  • A Project with Practical Assessment
  • A Professional Discussion

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.

Check out the EPA Fact sheet for more information on the DevOps Engineer EPA Plan.

Progression Plan

On completion of the Level 4 DevOps Apprenticeship, progression routes available to learners include:

  • Level 6 Digital and technology solutions professional (integrated degree)

Exams

On successful completion of the programme, you'll have the opportunity to gain the following qualifications:

  • BCS Level 4 Diploma in Software Development Methodologies
  • CSA Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge
  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer
  • BCS Foundation Certificate in DevOps exam
  • Google Cloud DevOps Engineer
  • Microsoft Certified Azure DevOps Engineer

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