Manchester Digital has worked with a number of employers to develop a groundbreaking Software Developer Apprenticeship.
How it works
The programme takes place over 18 months, with bootcamps and masterclasses delivered by developers who are currently active in the industry. In addition to coding training, other core skills such as communication and commercial awareness are also taught, while apprentices can attend Manchester Digital's events and conferences. Employers can also contribute to the curriculum during the programme. Read more about the government's apprenticeship standard for software developers.
We currently take on one cohort a year - in September - but we talent spot from much earlier, and run assessment centres to identify potential candidates from June to August. We run this programme in partnership with The Skills Company.
What it costs
There are different costs depending on the size of a company's annual payroll. The apprenticeship levy applies to companies with a payroll of over £3 million a year, and this is paid directly to HMRC via PAYE. If this doesn't apply to your organisation, but you employ 50 people or more, you will pay £1,800 towards the cost of your apprentice's training. For smaller companies, training costs are fully funded if your apprentice is aged between 16 and 18. You may also receive £1,000 for taking on an apprentice.
You also pay your apprentice's salary, which we recommend is at least the Living Wage. Our employers generally pay an annual salary of between £14,000 and £20,000, depending on the benefits package.
What other businesses say
Of course we will tell you our programme is brilliant. But you don't need to just take our word for it. Other businesses are signing its praises too, highlighting the quality of training and smooth delivery as positives.