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Apprentices Software Developer

Sheffield College
City College, Granville Road, Sheffield, S2 2RL
£366.30 per week
Closing date
4 Aug 2021

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Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
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Job Details

As a Software Developer apprentice you will learn how to implement technology solutions that enable businesses to develop new products and services and to increase an organisations productivity using digital technologies.

Principal Accountabilities:
  • Assist in database design and creation and amend existing databases
  • Test databases and write user guides for their operation
  • Administer, monitor, and support databases
  • Extract data and assist others in the use of the database
  • Liaise with internal/external clients to analyse business procedure, clarify clients' requirements and to define the scope of existing software, hardware and network provision
  • Communicate the impact of emerging technologies to clients and advise upon the potentialintroduction of such technology
  • Research, analyse, evaluate and monitor network infrastructure and performance
  • Examine existing software and determine requirements for new/modified systems in thelight of business needs
  • Write and code individual programs according to specifications
  • Develop user interfaces
  • Test and correct software programs
  • Implements and evaluates the software
  • Plan and maintain database structures
  • Write operational documentation and provide subsequent support and training for users
  • Develop website and website interfaces and establish methods to ensure appropriatewebsite security and recovery


Role holders at this level require specific technical, practical or operational skills with a well-developed knowledge of technical or operational practices which will have been acquired through on the job or vocational training.

In addition, work at this level is moving into the vocational level that indicates specialist knowledge, acquired through previous experience showing a comprehensive knowledge of relevant processes. Work activities will tend to fall within an established working pattern, applying skills and knowledge to provide a range of technical or operational support activities. Supervision received will be in the form of general guidance on routine work.


Technical and Operational Support Services:
  • Analyse a problem and identify and source the equipment needed to resolve it
  • May be required to carry out complex but routine tests involving more than one processstage in order to establish the root of a problem
  • May be required to maintain simple records
  • Apply a detailed understanding of a specialised but established College system, processor procedure, to analyse and resolve related problems

Planning and Organising:
  • Responsible for planning, organising and prioritising own standard work within established routines or procedures, should be able to determine own priorities and thinkahead
  • May be required to plan, allocate and organise the work of others
  • Refer to more senior colleagues for prioritising and the scheduling of non-standard work
  • Should be competent in undertaking a range of activities with general guidance only

Initiative and Decision Making:
  • Ability to assess problems and use experience or consult procedures to determine themost appropriate action
  • Receives general guidance on complex, but routine work.
  • Required to consider a range of aspects of work related problems and make sound judgements on their resolution
  • The problems are likely to be multiple choice situations where the individual will have to analyse information, identify errors and problems and investigate and come to conclusions and follow the most appropriate course of action within procedural constraints
  • Greater discretion/initiative in dealing with non-standard problems
  • May be required to contribute to improving work practices etc.

Communicating and Networking:
  • May be responsible for the supervision of staff, and monitoring of the quality of their work
  • May be the primary figure responsible for responding to emergencies
  • Maintain a network of contacts to liaise with on key issues and/or external contacts
  • Interact with external organisations, such as contractors, sometimes in difficult circumstances
  • Attend relevant meetings as requested by manager to support standard work activities or to represent Department or unit at an appropriate level.
  • Will need to talk to students, customers and staff on a regular basis dealing with routine and more complex queries, explaining procedures, demonstrating systems or services

  • May work and contribute to the performance of a team
  • May be required to supervise teams of staff carrying out very similar or identical straightforward and routine work
  • May be recognised as the main point of contact for a particular specialised process, system or procedure, or for a senior member of staff at the College
  • Assist in the induction and training of other staff

Maintenance and Management of Work Environment:
  • Required to operate and maintain straightforward machinery and equipment as well as more specialist equipment
  • May be responsible for maintaining the security of buildings
  • Sound understanding and application of health and safety procedures affecting self andothers
  • May be required to replenish stocks of consumables/stores of basic equipment and followstock control procedures
  • Work with precision and accuracy
  • Possess skills to repair own equipment and/or diagnose more complicated faults

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good standard of secondary education (Level 3), with a minimumof Level 2 numeracy and literacy skills
  • Prior work experience in a technical or operational role
  • When fully competent demonstrates expertise in area of work
  • Ability to obtain relevant vocational qualifications, e.g. NVQ level 3,as appropriate.
  • Ability to determine work priorities and those of colleagues
  • In-depth knowledge of standard IT applications and familiarity withany relevant specialist system
  • Thorough knowledge of operational and technical processes andworking practices and a good understanding of how these relate tothe wider College
  • Understanding of relevant policy and legislation
  • Familiarity with work priorities and those of colleagues
  • Experience of working independently and dealing with unforeseenproblems and circumstances

Personal qualities

  • IT
  • Communication
  • Listening
  • Team Building
  • Problem Solving
  • Multi Tasking

Desired qualifications

Minimum: GCSE A* - C/ 9 - 4, or equivalent in English and maths.

One of the following:
  • Two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications
  • Three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • Level 3 Apprenticeship in Digital Industries sector

Future prospects

Further training as required for the position.

Things to consider

  • Ability to work independently and maintain a high degree of self-motivation
  • Enjoys the prospect of working within an educational establishment setting

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW):
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