Software Developer Apprentices – (Digital Innovation Apprentice)

  • Company: Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory
  • Location: Canary Wharf, E14 4PU
  • Type: Apprenticeship
  • Salary: £23,573.00 per year
  • Sector: Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Ref: VAC-00036
  • Application Deadline Date: 17/06/2022
  • Start Date: 03/10/2022
  • Positions Available: 2
  • Working Week: Monday - Friday 37 hours paid (excluding lunch break)

Brief Description

Apprentices will shadow roles in a number of functional teams to broaden their knowledge and experience, including:
• Software Engineering (including DevOps and QA)
• Data & Information Governance
• Application Support
• Infrastructure Operations
• Service Management

Qualifications Required

Candidates must have 5 GCSEs, A*-C or the new grades 4-9, English Language (or equivalent).
Candidates must be educated at the minimum of Level 3 (A Level, BTEC, NVQ Level 3).

Personal Qualities

Strengths element:
Change Agent
You are positive and able to adapt to changes in technologies, processes, or team members.
Problem Solver
You take a positive approach to tackling problems and find ways to identify suitable solutions.
Focussed
You strive to deliver on time with quality outcomes in an inclusive collaborative manner.

Skills Required

Behaviours element
Communicating and Influencing
Ability to put forward your views in a clear, constructive and considerate manner, using an appropriate method of communication such as an email, telephone call or face-to-face.
Delivering at Pace
Ability to concentrate working with focus and pace to get the job done on time and to a high standard.
Working Together
Able to proactively contribute to the team and remain open to taking on new and different roles. Ask for help when needed and support others when the opportunity arises.

Technical element
Modern standards approach
Awareness of adopting a modern standards approach to software development.
Programming and build (software engineering)
Awareness of agile software development, design, code, test, automation and document simple programs or scripts under the direction of others.
User focus
Awareness of user stories / requirements, focusing on user needs and taking on feedback.
Service Support
Awareness and assisting in the investigation and resolution of code, configuration, and infrastructure problems under the direction of others.
The above skills relate to a number of entry level roles in the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Profession Capability Framework, such as:
• Apprentice Development Operations (DevOps)
• Apprentice Developer
• Associate Engineer - Application Operations
• Associate Engineer - Infrastructure Operations

Experience element
Ownership and initiative
Taking ownership of a body of work or an incidence and continue working through to completion.
Problem management
Investigating problems and helping to find an appropriate solution.
Commitment
A track record of delivering against committed activities and persevering through challenges and changing circumstance.

Future Prospects

Apprentices may be eligible to continue onto a third year with TD3 if they pass work assessments and their Leve 4. The third year aligns to a full degree. Third year in TD3 will have expectations including successfully delivering small projects on their own, taking ownership of engineering activities and collaboration in a professional manner.

Vacancy Detail

Digital Innovation Apprentices are based in TD3 (Technology, Digital, Data, Delivery) as part of our Apprenticeship Programme. This combines traditional academic learning with work-based learning and project work, making it easier to apply new knowledge and skills in the workplace environment.
Apprentices undertake a two year course in Digital Innovation with Ada, the National College for Digital Skills. The course is aligned to the Level 4 Software Developer Standard leading to a Foundation Degree validated by the Open University.
Apprentices may be eligible to continue onto a third year with TD3 if they pass work assessments and their Leve 4. The third year aligns to a full degree. Third year in TD3 will have expectations including successfully delivering small projects on their own, taking ownership of engineering activities and collaboration in a professional manner.
Apprentices will shadow roles in a number of functional teams to broaden their knowledge and experience, including:
• Software Engineering (including DevOps and QA)
• Data & Information Governance
• Application Support
• Infrastructure Operations
• Service Management
The course includes a work-based project, successful completion of which is mandatory. This will take place in workplace where theoretical skills will be enhanced with practical experience.
1. Must consistently do well in modules, assessments and exams in their two year Foundation Degree Digital Innovation course as a requirement for this apprenticeship.
2. Attend full time work with the Agency in accordance with the block release schedule agreed with Ada.
3. Actively participate in the Agency’s Apprenticeship Programme activities
4. Actively participate in agile sprint teams, attending sprint planning and daily stand-up meetings for product development.
5. Undertake software design, development, testing, automation, deployment and support on pre-release and BAU projects in agile product teams.
6. Shadow and assist Agency colleagues in functional teams to broaden knowledge and experience.
7. Provide support to Agency colleagues with ad-hoc delivery requirements and queries.
8. Comply with the Agency’s policies and procedures.
The Civil Service recently launched a new recruitment framework called Success Profiles, which has replaced the Civil Service Competency Framework.
Success Profiles are made up of 5 elements: Behaviours, Strengths, Ability, Experience, Technical but it is unlikely that you will be assessed against all 5.
Behaviours, Experience and Technical elements will be assessed through your application form, in the first instance.

Other Information

The Civil Service Code:
These core values support good government and ensure the achievement of the highest possible standards in all that the Civil Service does. You can find out more about our values, standards of behaviour and rights and responsibilities in The Civil Service Code.
Civil Service Values:
Integrity putting the obligations of public service above personal interests
Honesty being truthful and open
Objectivity basing advice and decisions on rigorous analysis of the evidence
Impartiality acting solely according to the merits of the case and serving equally well governments of different political persuasions.
Agency Values:
The code is reflected in the agency’s values, which state that we will strive to be:
Innovative
Proactive
Impartial
Evidence-based
Open
Trustworthy
Benefits of working for the Agency
• Modern offices in East London and Hertfordshire
• Flexible working
• 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, rising to a maximum of 30
• Civil Service Pension Scheme
• Interest-free season ticket loan or bike loan
• WorkplaceWellness – an employee assistance service
• Access to shopping discounts through the ‘Mylifestyle’ employee benefits portal
• Great training and development opportunities
• Discounted rates for civil service sport and leisure organisations

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