Software Developer Apprenticeship

Avado Learning

Bring in a programmer, coder or developer with a fresh creative mindset

Your Software Developer is the creative mind behind all of your systems processes. On this apprenticeship, your apprentice will improve your business’ overall design, development and implementation of high-quality software.  Your apprentice will learn a whole range of software skills including coding, design interpretation and documentation, web and app development.

Who is it for

This programme is ideal for a mid-level role to grow the Software Development sector in the business. The Software Developer Apprenticeship will provide the business with the support it needs to improve all software processes.

  • MTA HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals
  • BCS L4 Diploma in Software Development Methodologies
  • Software Developer Level 4 Apprenticeship

London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol

Topics covered
  • Managing the application life cycle
  • Build the user interface (UI) by using HTML5
  • Format the user interface by using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Code by using JavaScript
  • The role and function of the software development lifecycle
  • The software development lifecycle (Feasibility Study, Requirements Analysis, Design, Code Development, Testing, Deployment/Implementation and Maintenance.
  • Software Development Methodologies – waterfall and agile methods
  • Data roles and responsibilities


Eligibility for the Software Developer apprenticeship

Apprentices must meet the following criteria:

  • Must already have English and Maths GCSEs at Grade C (4) or above (or equivalent) and preferably a total of five GCSEs
  • Must have two or more A Levels, including Maths, or a relevant level 3 apprenticeship
  • Typically, you’ve worked in tech for less than 2 years

Download our full eligibility checklist here.

How does the apprenticeship work?

An apprenticeship is a combination of a full-time job with training for a current or new employee in your business. The apprentice’s working time will be split 80/20. 80% of their working time will be spent with you, carrying out their day-to-day responsibilities. 20% of their time will be ‘off-the-job’ and spent working towards their apprenticeship qualification.

What counts as off-the-job training and how is the 20% measured?

Off-the-job training includes:

  • Work spent on their apprenticeship qualification
  • Face to face/virtual classroom training
  • Any employer training
  • Mentoring
  • Work spent on their reflective journal – for Arch it’s Hive Learning
  • Shadowing other teams
  • Attending industry events

At Arch we have a 20% off-the-job tracker that the apprentice, their Learning & Development Coach and line manager monitor.

How is the training delivered?

The apprenticeship programme the training is delivered online and supported by face to face visits with the apprentice’s Learning and Development Coach. Training is delivered in blocks to minimise disruption, so you won’t have someone leaving the office a day a week.

Download the programme overview.

How are apprenticeships funded?

Apprenticeships are now funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. Businesses with an annual payroll of over £3 million pay 0.5% of their annual payroll into a digital account. The funds are then only redeemable on approved apprenticeship training.

What’s the benefit of hiring apprentices?

Apprentices have proven to bring great value to a business. By hiring talent using a structured training programme like an apprenticeship, it significantly improves the chances of the person succeeding. By investing in your talent, you’ll develop a workforce that’s got skills that match the needs of your business.

76% of employers said that productivity has improved and 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service. (source)



Hire or up-skill

Are you a business interested in the software developer apprenticeship? 

Whether you're looking to hire a new apprentice or up-skill an existing employee, an Arch apprenticeship guarantees to provide them with the skills to become a confident and competent software developer. Find out how to grow your company's development team and speak to a member of the team today.