Higher Level Apprenticeship in Digital Innovation


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As a technology apprentice, you will be part of the Higher Level Apprenticeship in Digital Innovation Program launched this year. As the entry point for your career in technology at Google, the Higher Level Apprenticeship in Digital Innovation Program provides the skills you will need to become a Software Engineer.

You will join a team of Google engineers and will be assigned to a host for the duration of your 2-year apprenticeship at Google. You will start on 2nd May 2017 with our academic partner Ada, the National College of Digital Skills, for 8 weeks of training. After completing your initial training, you will rotate between being onsite at Google for 6-8 weeks and training at Ada for 1 week for the remainder of your 2-year apprenticeship.

While onsite, you will have the opportunity to work alongside a team of engineers to solve real life problems. You will undertake a range of different roles across the company including coding, development, testing, consulting and project management. Additionally, you will learn how to apply problem solving skills to real world situations, pick up new technical skills such as programming in multiple languages, learn about software testing and other industry practices and see how software is designed and developed.


Examples of daily responsibilities​ will typically include:

● Develop software on agreed projects and platforms

● Build software according to technical specifications and established patterns

● Follow application and component level design working to standards and patterns agreed by the technical team leads

● Ensure all proposed solutions are pre-agreed with a lead developer

● Follow coding standards and ensure compliance with quality measures

● Ensure code is tested in accordance with the guidelines provided by the team or your host

● Undertake training and follow mentoring as specified

● Attend team meetings to keep colleagues informed and to create a forum for knowledge sharing


Minimum qualifications:

● A Levels (or equivalent) at grade B or above (or equivalent) in Math or Science related subjects

● Ability to speak and write in English fluently and idiomatically

● Some prior coding experience in any programming language

● Have authorisation to work in the United Kingdom


Preferred qualifications:

● Enthusiasm for Computer Science and new technology

● Strong problem solving capabilities

● Good communication skills, pro-active, self-motivated and positive attitude

● Commitment to learning new skills

● Ability to work independently and within a team framework

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