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 16 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 16 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 and certifications can Software Developer 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 Software Developer 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 Developer 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 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

App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals2 days
Microsoft MTA Database Fundamentals2 days
Microsoft Programming in C#4 days
Scrum Firebrand's training for's Professional Scrum Master certification2 days
Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server 2016 - Database Development6 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 365 Customisation and Configuration4 days
Microsoft MCSD: App Builder (Developing Windows Azure and Web Services)3 days
Microsoft MCSA: Cloud Platform & MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure (Azure)10 days
Microsoft MTA Software Development Fundamentals 2 days
Microsoft MCSD: App Builder (SharePoint 2013)6 days
Microsoft MCSA: Web Applications & MCSD: App Builder9 days
Microsoft Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions3 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
Microsoft Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS33 days
ISTQB Firebrand's Training for ISTQB's Foundation Software Tester Certification2 days
Software Testing Introduction to DevOps2 days
Microsoft MTA HTML5 App Development Fundamentals2 days
Oracle OCA and OCP Java SE 8 Programmer Certification7 days
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Firebrand's training for AWS's Certified Developer - Associate certification3 days
Microsoft MTA Security Fundamentals2 days

Choose additional Firebrand courses for your programme from our full list here

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. 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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