Azure Software Development Technician

What is a Firebrand Azure Software Development Technician Apprenticeship?

An Azure Software Development Technician typically works as part of a software development team, to builds simple software components (whether web, mobile or desktop applications) to be used by other members of the team as part of larger software development projects.

They will interpret simple design requirements for discrete components of the project under supervision. The approach will typically include implementing code, which other team members have developed, to produce the required component. The Software Development Technician will also be engaged in testing that the specific component meets its intended functionality.

Typical Job Roles: Azure Software Development Technician, Junior Developer, Junior Web Developer, Junior Application Developer, Junior Mobile App Developer, Junior Games Developer, Junior Software Developer, Junior Application Support Analyst, Junior Programmer, Assistant Programmer and Automated Test Developer.

How are employers involved?

  • Employing an apprentice for a fixed 15 month contract to progress them beyond their existing skills
  • Creating a position that will give apprentices an opportunity to work alongside IT professionals and learn the skills outlined in the Software Development Technician Standard
  • Dedicating an internal mentor to coach, organise and support the apprentice throughout their learning
  • Working closely with Firebrand Training to build the best training programme
  • Helping their apprentice with their final assessment programme to achieve all of their learning outcomes in the Software Development Technician Trailblazer Standard
  • Supporting other expenses required during the learning programme - including travel and additional learning
  • Paying their apprentice the recommended minimum wage of £200 per week.

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What qualifications ans certifications can Azure Software Development Technician apprentices achieve?

As part of their apprenticeship, your apprentices must sit a number of pre-selected exams which they will need to pass to gain their Azure Software Development Technician Apprenticeship qualification at a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. Apprentices are also assessed by Firebrand against Ofqual-regulated Knowledge Standards as part of their programme.

Exams and certifications are not mandatory for every Firebrand training course attended by apprentices, however employers can purchase additional exam vouchers when their apprentices have gained the relevant work experience if they wish to.

Once apprentices have completed their apprenticeship they are officially recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS) for entry onto the register of IT Technicians, confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence.

How will Firebrand help?

  • Our programmes are fully customisable - so we'll help tailor your programme to suit both employer and apprentice
  • We'll designate a Learning Mentor, who'll guide and support employers, mentors and apprentices throughout the programme
  • We run courses throughout the year, meaning training can be scheduled around the progress of apprentices and their job role
  • Travel and expenses are kept to a minimum, due to our residential and fully inclusive training
  • Because we've delivered 100s of Tech Industry Gold Trailblazer apprenticeships already, we make things efficient and easy - leaving you to concentrate on apprentice needs and development

5 steps to being a Firebrand Apprentice employer

  1. Identify whether you're recruiting for a new role, or if you'd like to develop existing staff
  2. Choose a mentor for your apprentice - they'll be responsible for the programme’s success within your organisation.
  3. Confirm the mentor understands the Software Development Technician Occupational Brief and can identify roles and responsibilities where the apprentice can learn and experience the knowledge standards required.
  4. Identify the type of accelerated training courses you see your apprentice taking
  5. Complete your Employer Declaration, where you'll create your job advert if you're hiring someone new

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Your Azure Software Development Technician programme

An Azure Software Development Technician typically works as part of a software development team, to build simple software components (whether web, mobile or desktop applications) to be used by other members of the team as part of larger software development projects.

They will interpret simple design requirements for discrete components of the project under supervision. The approach will typically include implementing code, which other team members have developed, to produce the required component. The Software Development Technician will also be engaged in testing that the specific component meets its intended functionality.

Customise your IT apprenticeship programme

Your Azure Software Development Technician programme is fully customisable, so you can change it to suit you as an employer or apprentice. In the table below, we've pre-selected the most popular Firebrand courses that align to the Occupational Brief in the government Standard for this apprenticeship. You can substitute these for optional courses up to the same value, where the same Knowledge Modules are covered.

Courses with knowledge modules highlighted in red cannot be substituted.

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CourseDurationKnowledge Standards covered

Pre-selected courses

App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals2 days
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Microsoft MTA Software Development Fundamentals 2 days
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Microsoft MTA Database Fundamentals2 days
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Microsoft MTA HTML5 App Development Fundamentals2 days
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Microsoft Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions4 days
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On-boarding and fund administrationMandatory
End point assessmentMandatory

Optional courses

Courses below are potential substitutions for those above, please contact us for more information
CourseDurationKnowledge Standards covered
Microsoft Querying Data with Transact-SQL3 days
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand's training for AWS's Certified Solutions Architect – Professional certification3 days
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand's training for AWS's Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification3 days
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Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 7 Programmer (OCAJP)3 days
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Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 7 Programmer Certification (OCPJP)3 days
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Microsoft Querying SQL Server4 days
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Microsoft Developing ASP.NET MVC Web 4 Applications3 days
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Microsoft Programming in C#4 days
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand's training for AWS's Certified Developer - Associate certification3 days
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Microsoft MCSA: Web Applications6 days
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Microsoft MCSD: Web Applications9 days
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Microsoft MTA HTML5 App Development Fundamentals2 days
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Scrum Firebrand's training for Scrum.org's Professional Scrum Master certification2 days
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Oracle OCA and OCP Java SE 8 Programmer Certification7 days
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Microsoft MCSA: Azure Database Development5 daysFind out more
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand's training for Big Data on AWS2 daysFind out more
App and Web Development iOS App Development3 daysFind out more
App and Web Development Android App Development3 daysFind out more
IEEE Firebrand's Training for IEEE's Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA)3 daysFind out more
App and Web Development PHP, MySQL and Drupal – Open Source Development6 daysFind out more
Microsoft MCSA: Universal Windows Platform7 daysFind out more
Microsoft MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using HTML59 daysFind out more
App and Web Development Firebrand’s Training for Ruby Association’s Certified Ruby Programmer2 daysFind out more

Knowledge modules

  1. Understand the business context and market environment for software development
  2. Understand the structure of software applications
  3. Understands all stages of the software development lifecycle
  4. Understand the role of configuration management and version control systems and how to apply them
  5. Understand how to test their code (e.g. unit testing)
  6. Recognise that there are different methodologies that can be used for software development
  7. Understand the particular context for the development platform (whether web, mobile, or desktop applications)
  8. Understands their role within their software development team
  9. Understand how to implement code following a logical approach
  10. Understand how their code integrates into the wider project
  11. Understand how to follow a set of functional and non-functional requirements
  12. Understand the end user context for the software development activity
  13. Understand how to connect their code to specified data sources
  14. Demonstrate knowledge of database normalisation
  15. Understand why there is a need to follow good coding practices
  16. Understand the principles of good interface design
  17. Understand the importance of building in security to software at the development stage

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Five reasons the Azure Software Development Technician Firebrand Apprenticeship is for you

  1. Certify at twice the speed. With our accelerated training, apprentices can spend longer in the workplace putting their certifications into practice
  2. Customise your programme. It's up to you which courses you choose for your programme to make it as relevant as possible for your business
  3. No cohorts. Apprentices train on Firebrand accelerated courses all-year round on our public schedule, training alongside industry professionals whenever it suits your business
  4. All costs are included. Our training includes all accommodation and food costs, plus transport to and from the nearest train station
  5. Train with a Tech Partnership Gold Provider. Our programmes are designed and accredited by industry employers to deliver world-class tech training

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