Kirklees College

Apprentice Software Development Technician – Kirklees College

As a Software Development Technician, you would be responsible for supporting and maintaining MIS & college business systems on behalf of the College and its stakeholders. To provide an efficient and effective IT service to ensure students are provided with the greatest opportunity to succeed.

Reference number: VAC1000110964

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Wage – £9,254.44 per annum
Duration – 24 months
Start date – As soon as possible
Posted – 15/08/2022

Working Week:

Monday to Friday – working times TBC – 37 hours per week.

Apprenticeship level

3

Positions

1

What will the apprentice be doing?

Kirklees College launches its new Apprenticeship Academy this year.  The aim of the academy is to offer opportunities to gain valuable work experience through a fixed term apprenticeship, working in a busy educational environment, to support the development of new skills that will help you move into sustained employment after completion of the apprenticeship.

We’re already a successful college, but we continually striving to be better and do better – join our academy and be part of our story!

You will be accountable for:

  • Developing reports/Dashboard using SSRS, SQL, Dynistics
  • Development of KCShare internal intranet based on Microsoft SharePoint
  • Development of Microsoft InfoPath forms
  • Development of web systems using HTML 5 and WordPress
  • Management/Development of our MIS system ProSolution
  • Writing Software user guides
  • Writing System documentation
  • Effective maintenance and development of both manual and computerised systems of storing records and information, especially relating to the service desk
  • A current risk analysis is kept and regularly actioned on all elements of service delivery within the function– both existing and new systems

There are things that we are all accountable for, whatever your role, these are:

  • Embedding safeguarding into your/ your teams working practices and escalating any safeguarding concerns immediately in line with the College’s safeguarding policy
  • Embedding Health and Safety best practices and ensuring a safe working environment for everyone within your area of responsibility, according to the Health and Safety at Work Act
  • Being a champion and advocate for Equality and Diversity throughout College

Behaving in a manner that displays British values. Being committed to reviews of your performance and your own Continuous Professional Development. Any other duties commensurate with your role that may be required from time to time.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

A Software Development Technician Level 3 Apprentice typically works as part of a software development team, to builds simple software components (whether web, mobile or desktop applications) to be used by other members of the team as part of larger software development projects. They will interpret simple design requirements for discrete components of the project under supervision. The approach will typically include implementing code, which other team members have developed, to produce the required component.

The Software Development Technician will also be engaged in testing that the specific component meets its intended functionality.

They will gain the Software Developer Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard covering Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours.

https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/software-development-technician-v1-1

Functional Skills Level 2 or equivalent if required.

End Point Assessment takes place at the end by an independent organisation.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Whilst there will be no guarantee of a substantive position with the College at the end of the period, the College will guide, support and encourage suitable apprentices to apply for appropriate vacancies as and when they arise. The College has a very good record of supporting workers through in-house apprenticeships and many apprentices have secured employment with the College beyond their apprenticeship.

Things to consider

A flexible approach to work, which will include occasional evenings and very occasional Saturdays.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication
IT skills
Attention to detail
Organisation skills
Problem solving
Administrative skills
Analytical skills
Logical
Team working
Creative
Initiative
Patience

Qualifications

Maths and English GCSE grade 4/C or above or equivalents.

About the employer

Kirklees College

Waterfront Quarter, Manchester Road, Huddersfield, HD1 3HH
Kirklees College is uniquely vocational and offers a wide range of 16-18, higher education and adult courses taught by industry experienced tutors to provide learners with hands-on experience in their chosen career path. As well as full-time and part-time study programmes, Kirklees College is one of the leading apprenticeship providers in the UK. Each year, we train over 1,000 apprentices in 30 occupational areas. Kirklees College is committed to serving the local communities and businesses throughout the Kirklees region, working with over 1,000 employers around West Yorkshire. Kirklees College welcomes all students who want to learn. The college has a common set of key values for both students and staff that are at the heart of everything we do. The values define who we are and how we behave and interact with each other making Kirklees College a vibrant, inclusive, educational experience.

Closing date: 01 January 2023