Technology Degree Apprentice

The Students Loan Company
Memphis, Lingfield Point, Darlington, DL1 1AS
£16,181.00 - £21,160.00 annually
24 Jun 2021
24 Jul 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
We are in the process of reforming our team; this marks the beginning of our journey towards achieving SLC's Vision - to be valued as a digital, customer-focused, centre of excellence. To achieve our vision, we require a dedicated team of staff.

There are two distinct roles:

Role 1 sits within the Salesforce Centre of Excellence, who are responsible for anything involving Salesforce, from a production support and BAU perspective, through to continuous improvement, governance, and project deliveries. Team members will be expected to work with the BAU and support teams, investigating and resolving issues, as well as contributing to the continuous improvement deliveries.

Role 2 sits within the RPA (Robotic Process Automation) department, who provide tactical and operational systems to a variety of departments and provide support to strategic systems when required. Our work falls predominantly into two main areas: bespoke system development and intelligent automation. Team members will be expected to work across both areas over time, and as such, we expect all to contribute to multiple activities across the development life cycle, developing their "T-shaped" skills in doing so.

Our Apprenticeship scheme is a three-tier programme:
  • In-role development with defined objectives and development plan
  • Out of role development, including specific training in business skills and 'masterclasses' which are interactive workshops focusing on different areas at SLC to help broaden your knowledge of the business
  • The last tier is the tailored, wrap around support available to Apprentices which form 4 pillars: manager, mentor, buddy, peers

Key responsibilities:

Apprentice developers will support the successful delivery of team objectives by:
  • Spending a substantial portion of time shadowing others
  • Working with other developers to write code and tests
  • Building their own knowledge
  • Following a test-driven approach
  • Writing code that is manually or automatically tested

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Proven experience balancing multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Proven experience of being proactive and a self-starter
  • Proven experience working to deadlines and taking direction
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Good time management skills
  • Basic programming/coding skills

  • Experience of working in a previous technology-based role
  • Experience working individually and, in a team
  • Awareness of an agile project management environment while understanding the fundamental principles behind what they are trying to achieve and why they are valued
  • Awareness of the digital landscape, open source technologies and modern practices around continuous deployment

Personal qualities

  • Team player
  • Willing and eager to learn
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Enthusiastic attitude towards

Desired qualifications

GCSEs at grades C/4 or above(or equivalent) in maths and English.

AND, one of the following:
  • A Level in a similar subject (e.g. IT, Computer Science, or similar subject) (or equivalent)
  • Level 3 BTEC Extended Apprenticeship in IT (180 credits)(or equivalent)
  • Level 3 apprenticeship in IT or similar subject(or equivalent)
  • Level 3 International Baccalaureate in ICT(or equivalent)

Individuals must not hold an existing qualification at the same or higher level of the technology apprenticeship (e.g. BSc Degree in the same subject area)

Future prospects

Successful candidates will be developed over a 4-year period to achieve a full BSc bachelor's degree.

Things to consider


Your salary will increase as the apprenticeship progresses:
  • Year 1 - £16,181
  • Year 2 - £18,671
  • Year 3 - £19,915
  • Year 4 - £21,160

Important Information:

QA's apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education.

To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years.

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