Software Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

Competitive salary
19 Apr 2017
09 Jul 2017
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ARM is looking for degree apprentices to join our engineering teams based in the UK.

ARM is looking for degree apprentices to join our engineering teams based in the UK. There are several different roles within different departments, further information on this will be discussed at the interview stage but an apprentice can expect to be involved in:

  • During their day to day activities an apprentice would be exposed to and gain knowledge of the full software development lifecycle from initial requirement gathering, defining how these requirements would be satisfied in the design, implementing the solution in the appropriate programming language, developing the tests (both manual and automated) that confirm that the right functionality has been implemented to finally the maintenance activities that may then ensue.
  • Day to day activities will be conducted under an Agile Methodology be it SCRUM or Kanban depending upon the working practices of the assigned team.
  • Depending upon the target market the apprentice will gain an appreciation of the steps involved in producing both proprietary and open source software.
  • With an emphasis on team working the apprentice will need to develop the communication and influencing skills required to present both what they are working upon but pitch forward ideas that they believe in.

Why would I want to do an apprenticeship?

  • A Degree Apprenticeship provides a way to access higher education while gaining valuable experience in the workplace. Your apprenticeship with ARM will comprise both paid work and study, allowing you to earn while undertaking study towards a degree in partnership with ARM and the university of Essex.
  • You would work towards a three year BSc or BEng Honours degree in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, or a related subject, funded by ARM.
  • Your on-the-job learning would be supported by a dedicated mentor at ARM and academic support from the University.
  • You would be working with the latest ARM technology, on a variety of exciting projects during the duration of the apprenticeship.
  • Apprenticeship positions are available in a number of different teams within ARM across our software engineering groups so there is a huge variety of real-world problems that you can get involved in, in combination with learning through university.

Our apprenticeship program is designed to meet the relevant Degree (Level 6) Apprenticeship Standards. As such, the program is expected to take four and half years to complete, including a period of work and training after graduation. Your apprenticeship will be completed by passing an external assessment.
The apprenticeship will commence in Autumn 2017.
If you have a passion for computing and this is something you might be interested in, we look forward to seeing your application.

Requirements and prospects Desired skills
  • A keen interest in computers and/or electronics.
  • Enjoys solving problems.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English.
  • Good listening skills.
Personal qualities

ARM is proud to have a set of behaviours that differentiate our talent in the marketplace. These are embedded in all our roles and applicants are encouraged to evidence their attitudes/behaviours as part of the application process:

  • Operates effectively and openly in teams and shares both knowledge and success with others.
  • Builds strong and lasting relationships based on mutual trust.
  • Actively seek out and encourage alternative viewpoints and ideas.
  • Applies critical thinking to select the best way forward.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude in gaining insight from team experiences and is receptive to feedback.
  • Is passionate about the success of others and actively provides support for their development.
  • Listens and explores alternative perspectives before carefully shaping work that will deliver impactful results.
  • Persuades rather than pushes when influencing colleagues.
  • Acts with a thoughtful sense of urgency.
  • Demonstrates a helpful, can-do attitude.
Qualifications required

You should have (or expect to achieve in Summer 2017) excellent ‘A' levels which would meet University entry requirements:

  • A-Levels: ABB - BBB (including Mathematics).
  • GCSE Mathematics: C.
  • GCSE English Language: C.
  • BTEC National Diploma: DDM.
  • IB: 32-30 points, including Standard Mathematics grade 4.
Future prospects Your particular benefits package will depend on position and type of employment and may be subject to change. Your package will be confirmed on offer of employment. ARM's benefits program provides permanent employees with the opportunity to stay innovative and healthy, ensure the wellness of their families, and create a positive working environment. - Annual Bonus Plan. - Discretionary Cash Award. - Group Personal Pension Plan with enhanced company contribution. - Medical, Travel, Health & Life Insurances. - Holiday, 25 days annual leave with option to buy an additional 5 days per year. - Sabbatical, 20 paid days every four-year of service. - Volunteering, One (1) paid working day each year (TeamARM). - Varies by location: cycle to work, free car parking, gym on site, team and social events.

Things to consider For the first term of Year 1 and 2, you will be based at the University of Essex and you will need to attend full time. The rest of the time will be spent at the ARM headquarters in Cambridge. You will also need to attend University of Essex during the examination period. Therefore you will need to consider your transportation. The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

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