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 12-18 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 can Software Development Technician apprentices achieve?

  • Apprentices are independently assessed at the end of their programme to achieve the Software Development Technician Apprenticeship at a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade
  • They'll achieve one vendor certification as defined in the Software Development Technician Standard and will also be assessed by Firebrand against Ofqal-regulated knowledge modules.
  • Employers can buy additional exam vouchers, so apprentices can achieve more vendor certifications when they've gained the relevant work experience
  • Apprentices will be 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 Programme Facilitator, 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

7 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. Choose your employer contribution, which determines how much the government will additionally contribute
  5. Identify the type of accelerated training courses you see your apprentice taking
  6. Complete your Employer Declaration, where you'll create your job advert if you're hiring someone new
  7. If we're advertising your vacancy, we'll source the best candidates for you with our free, fast recruitment process

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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.

You can also add additional courses, to which the government will contribute two-thirds of the cost. If those courses don't align to Knowledge Modules, you would need to write a statement justifying why the apprentice needs this knowledge in their job role. Each knowledge module must be covered in the programme, so ensure that the courses you choose cover all 17 modules.

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CourseDurationKnowledge Standards covered

Pre-selected courses

App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals2 days
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Microsoft Specialist: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions4 days
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Microsoft Azure Academy: Application Development4 days
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Microsoft Specialist: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS33 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 MCSA: Cloud Database Development5 days
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Microsoft Querying Data with Transact-SQL3 days
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand's training for Big Data on AWS2 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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App and Web Development iOS App Development3 days
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App and Web Development Android App Development3 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 MTA Database Fundamentals2 days
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Microsoft Specialist: Programming in C#4 days
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Microsoft MTA HTML5 App Development Fundamentals2 days
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IEEE Firebrand's Training for IEEE's Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA)3 days
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand's training for AWS's Certified Developer - Associate certification3 days
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App and Web Development PHP, MySQL and Drupal – Open Source Development6 days
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Microsoft MCSA: Universal Windows Platform6 days
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Microsoft MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using HTML59 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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App and Web Development Firebrand’s Training for Ruby Association’s Certified Ruby Programmer2 days
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Scrum Firebrand's training for Scrum.org's Professional Scrum Master certification2 days
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Microsoft MTA Software Development Fundamentals 2 days
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ISTQB Firebrand's Training for ISTQB's Foundation Software Tester Certification2 days
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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. Train with a Tech Partnership Gold Provider. Our programmes are designed and accredited by industry employers to deliver world-class tech training
  2. Certify at twice the speed. With our accelerated training, apprentices can spend longer in the workplace putting their certifications into practice
  3. 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
  4. Free recruitment service. We'll find candidates for the job and ensure they've got all the right skills for your role - at no extra cost
  5. All costs are included. Our training includes all accommodation and food costs, plus transport to and from the nearest train station

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