• Hiring a Software Developer Apprentice

Hiring a Software Developer Apprentice


“The Manchester Digital apprenticeship programme has been an extremely positive experience for us.”

~ Roy Wilding, Creative Director at PushON


Manchester Digital has worked with a number of employers to develop a groundbreaking Software Developer Apprenticeship. 

The programme is delivered over an 18-month period and features a programming bootcamp, a series of two-day bootcamps, and masterclasses. All the training is delivered by developers who are currently active in the industry, and all employers are given the opportunity to contribute to the curriculum at various points of the programme. As well as providing excellent training, there is also a strong focus on core skills, communications and commercial awareness. In addition, apprentices are given the opportunity to attend Manchester Digital's events and conferences. 

We currently take on one cohort a year - in September - but we talent spot from now until then and will be running assessment centres to identify potential candidates from June to August.

More information and detail on the apprenticeship programme and standard competencies can be found in our Employer Brochure

The government apprenticeship standard can be found here.


Programme timescale

November - August
Recruitment and marketing - applications open

June - August
Assessment and selection days

End August
Applications close for this year's intake

June - September
All job offers made


Contacts of employment commence

September - October
Apprentices attend four-week upfront 'getting ready' bootcamp
covering the fundamentals of programming

October onwards
Apprentices join their teams in the workplace; programme of monthly bootcamps and industry events commence as part of the programme.


Companies with an annual payroll of over £3 million will be subject to the apprenticeship levy. This is paid directly to HMRC through the PAYE process. If this applies to you, you should have a digital account set up to use this levy to fund your apprenticeships.

Funding works slightly differently for other businesses. If you employ 50 people or more, then you will be liable for £1,800 towards the cost of the training of your apprentice. The training cost is fully funded for companies with fewer than 50 employees and whose apprentice is aged between 16 and 18. You may also receive an additional payment of £1,000 for taking on an apprentice in this age bracket.  

You will also be paying the salary for your apprentice. Our employers generally pay an annual salary of between £14,000 and £20,000, depending on the benefits package. We recommend that apprentices are paid at least the Living Wage.


“The Manchester Digital apprenticeship programme has been an extremely positive experience for us. The bootcamp format over 2/3 days is less disruptive to us than other programmes where apprentices require regular training attendance. The collaborative approach to employers sharing experiences offers a support channel for employers which is missing in other programmes.”

Roy Wilding, Creative Director, PushON
What next?
If you would like to register your interest to hire an apprentice as part of our programme, please fill out the form below. If you have any questions, please get in touch



If are considering starting an apprenticeship and want to find out more, please click here.


This apprenticeship is run in partnership with The Skills Company.