Software Developer Apprenticeship - Applicants Sign Up

Our Level 4 Software Developer programme is about tech employers spotting your potential.

It is designed to train a limited and carefully selected group of learners each year who can demonstrate the right attitude and aptitude for becoming excellent software developers.

If selected, you'll be hired by well-known tech companies and brands in the region and undertake the Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship.

You do not have to have experience however a willingness to learn and demonstration of self-learning is essential to success.

Sign up using the form at the bottom of the page.

Who this is for

People from all backgrounds and experiences. We want to hear from you. 

Do you enjoy

  • Problem-solving
  • Being creative 
  • Working as part of a team 
  • Working Collaboratively 
  • Being solution focused 
  • Challenging yourself 
  • Working with technology to have an impact 

This technical training programme will

  • Kick start your career in tech
  • Provide full-time employment with a tech employer
  • Provide a dedicated industry mentor
  • Support you with a learning and development coach
  • Provide the best industry training available - designed and delivered by industry experts 
  • Provide a great training salary with excellent future earning potential 

You don't need to have done lots of coding already, but you do need a can-do attitude and a willingness to learn. 

Whether you want to work for an SME, corporate organisation, or well-known brand high street brand, from scientific development to software house giants or e-commerce innovators, we have employers keen to hire the next digital future star in software development.  

It could be you. 

How it works

Applications are open annually between January and June. If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to attend an assessment and selection day which are run July to August. If you successfully secure a paid place on the programme, it will start employment and training in October 2021. 

Assessment and selection*

  • A coding challenge
  • A collaboration challenge
  • One or more employer interviews on the day**
  • Follow up interviews and employer visits**
  • Job offers make and accepted 
  • Officially join the Digital Future Stars programme as a trainee software developer 

*All assessment days will be held virtually due to COVID-19 (subject to change)
**If you are selected.


While on the training programme as a software developer apprentice, salaries range from £16,000 to £25,000. 

This will vary from employer to employer hiring through the programme. 

Once qualified, you will be a junior software developer. 

According to our Skills Audit, salaries for junior software developers are on average approximately £20,000-27,000.  

 The programme

The programme starts in September and runs for 20 months, with 18 months of supported training while you undertake paid full-time work with your employer. 

  • You will attend a Get Ready Bootcamp for the first 4 weeks full of intensive coding practice before you join your team in November.
  • Training is delivered through immersive 2-day bootcamps, masterclasses, hacks and industry conferences events. 
  • You will be supported by a dedicated mentor and the programme learning and development coach, who will visit you every 4-6 weeks to check on progress.
  • On successful completion of the programme, you will have achieved a Level 4 Software Developer qualification which is nationally and industry recognised. This equivalent to a foundation degree or HNC/D.

Why become a software developer? 

Technology and digital and is the fastest growing industry in the North of England and globally, software developers are in high demand and earn some of the highest salaries in the sector. Tech employees tell us this is set to continue. This technical training programme will let you develop the skills and knowledge needed to be set for life with great career opportunities and incredible earning potential. 

Ready to take the first step? 

Start your application below.

Attend our open evening to find out more: date of our next drop-in coming soon.

The apprenticeship is run in partnership with Tameside College

If you are a business interested in hiring a software developer apprentice, take a look at our employer information and how to sign up here.

Compliments and Complaints Policy can be found here: Apprenticeship Compliments and Complaints Policy.pdf