Software Tester Apprenticeship

Avado Learning

Improve the quality of your business’s software

Your Software Tester is responsible for the quality of the business’ software development and deployment.  Your apprentice will ensure that all of the business’ software is operating as intended. Your apprentice will carry out testing plans and provide your business’ stakeholders with information about the quality of the software product or service. From this apprenticeship, your business will gain a strong understanding of the current software life-cycle and best software development practices.

Who is it for

This programme is ideal for a mid-level role within the Software Development team to specialise in Software Testing for the business. The Software Tester Apprenticeship will provide the business with a better understanding that all systems are fit for purpose and how to mitigate risk to prevent software issues.

  • ISTQB Certified Tester – Foundation Level
  • Software Tester Level 4 Apprenticeship

London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol

Topics covered
  • Fundamentals of Testing
  • Testing Throughout the Software Development Lifecycle
  • Static Testing
  • Test Techniques and Management
  • Tool Support for Testing


Eligibility for the Software Tester 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
  • Typically, you’ve worked in tech for less than 2 years
  • Must have two or more A Levels, including Maths, or a relevant level 3 apprenticeship

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)



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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 tester. Find out how to grow your company's IT team and speak to a member of the team today.