Software Developer

What is a Firebrand Software Developer Apprenticeship?

The apprentice will develop into the role of Software Developer - learning how to build, manage and deploy code into enterprise environments. The primary role of a software developer is to be able to build and test simple, high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers.

In just 18 months, apprentices will learn the principles of software development, and how to:

  • Write high quality code (logic)
  • Develop effective user interfaces for at least one channel
  • Link code to a database
  • Test code and analyse results to correct errors

Typical job roles: Web Developer, Application Developer, Mobile App Developer, Games Developer, Real Time Systems Developer and Software Developer

How are employers involved?

  • Employing an apprentice for a fixed 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 Developer 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 Developer Trailblazer Standard
  • Supporting other expenses required during the learning programme - including travel and additional learning
  • Paying their apprentice the recommended minimum wage of £250 per week.

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What qualifications can Software Developer apprentices achieve?

  • Apprentices are independently assessed at the end of their programme to achieve the Software Developer Apprenticeship at a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade
  • They'll be assessed by Firebrand against Ofqal-regulated Knowledge Standards.
  • 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 Developer 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 Software Developer programme

Apprentices will develop into the role of Software Developer - learning how to build, manage and deploy code into enterprise environments. The primary role of a software developer is to be able to build and test simple, high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers.

Customise your IT apprenticeship programme

Your Software Developer 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 Standards are covered.

Courses with Knowledge Standards highlighted in red cannot be substituted.

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CourseDurationKnowledge Standards covered

Pre-selected courses

Scrum Firebrand's training for's Professional Scrum Master certification2 days
Microsoft MTA Database Fundamentals2 days
Microsoft Programming in C#4 days
App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals2 days
Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server 2016 - Database Development6 days
ISTQB Firebrand's Training for ISTQB's Foundation Software Tester Certification2 days
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 Dynamics CRM 2016 Customisation and Configuration4 days
Microsoft Developing Windows Azure and Web Services3 days
Microsoft MCSA: Linux on Azure5 days
Microsoft MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure4 days
Microsoft MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure (Azure)9 days
App and Web Development Android App Development3 days
App and Web Development iOS App Development3 days
App and Web Development PHP, MySQL and Drupal – Open Source Development6 days
Microsoft MTA Software Development Fundamentals 2 days
Microsoft Developing ASP.NET MVC Web 4 Applications3 days
Microsoft MCSD: SharePoint 2013 Applications – Developing Server Solutions6 days
Microsoft MCSD: Web Applications9 days
Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions | Cased Dimensions3 days
BCS Systems Development Essentials2 days
Microsoft Querying Data with Transact-SQL3 days
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand's training for AWS's Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification3 days
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand's training for AWS's Certified Solutions Architect – Professional certification3 days
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand's training for Big Data on AWS2 days
Microsoft Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS33 days
App and Web Development Developing Web Apps using the Mean Stack2 days
Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 7 Programmer (OCAJP)3 days
Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 7 Programmer Certification (OCPJP)3 days
Software Testing Introduction to DevOps2 days
Microsoft MTA HTML5 App Development Fundamentals2 days
Oracle OCA and OCP Java SE 8 Programmer Certification7 days

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Knowledge modules

  1. Understands and operates at all stages of the software development lifecycle
  2. Understands the similarities and differences (taking into account positives and negatives of both approaches) between agile and waterfall software development methodologies
  3. Understands how teams work effectively to produce software and contributes appropriately
  4. Understands and applies software design approaches and patterns and can interpret and implement a given design, compliant with security and maintainability requirements
  5. Understands and applies the maths required to be a software developer (e.g. algorithms, logic and data structures)

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Five reasons the Software Developer 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. 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
  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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