Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship 2020

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Do you love using your logical mind to solve problems?

Do you enjoy or have an interest in coding and software programming?

Do you want to develop apps and digital services that serve millions of people round the world?

Do you want to learn and earn at the same time and have an amazing experience at the BBC and with The Open University.

The BBC has worked with The Open University to design a fast-track degree apprenticeship programme.

Based in London with BBC Design and Engineering teams, you'll get to work at the heart of our digital product teams at the BBC, all while studying for a degree apprenticeship at The Open University.

Role Responsibility

You will complete both off-the-job and on-the-job training. You'll study for a Digital & Technology degree apprenticeship BSc (Hons) with tailored modules such as:

  • How to learn new software and systems programming languages
  • Introduction to computing technologies
  • Technology Change, Strategy and projects at work
  • Introduction to computing and information technology
  • Object-oriented Java programming
  • Digital & Technology Product Service and Management requirements
  • Web Technologies
  • Work-based learning within a major global TV, Radio and Digital public service broadcaster
  • Web-cloud and mobile technologies
  • IT and Enterprise systems
  • Major project delivered to the BBC by the end of the apprenticeship.

The OU will provide tutor-supported virtual learning using their award winning OUAnywhere platform. The OU will also deliver face to face training through a Practice Tutor who will conduct visits to your workplace, provide pastoral care and ensure you are fully supported through your learning journey. Additional face to face workshops will be conducted at either the OU campus or at BBC sites.

Through a package of digital university modules, industrial experience, professional coaching and mentoring from industry leaders; we will prepare you as a new Software Engineer for an internet-fit BBC.

Are you the right candidate?

You must be resilient and a self-starter for this fast-track apprenticeship, you should be someone who will self-manage your time between academic study and be someone who naturally wants to be a hands-on Software Engineer who feels comfortable developing over the course of the scheme by juggling the academic study and conducting on-the-job tasks using software languages, software frameworks, cloud computing and associated systems in our software teams being coached and supported.

You should have completed either an Extended BTEC Certificate or A-Level qualification in computer science and software programming having an ambition and determination to succeed.

Throughout the application process we'll be asking for evidence that shows your passion and ability for this technology-based role. You need to be a good communicator and have the ability to develop to be effective in the working environment with technical or non-technical people.

Throughout the application process, we will be looking for:

  • Collaboration
  • Flexibility
  • Logical Problem Solving
  • Awareness or understanding of Software Programming
  • Practical application
  • Resilience
  • Time Management
  • Communication

Pre-entry qualification requirements:

Applicants must have the following minimum qualifications, for applicants who have predicted grades, your college or school will be required to send us evidence of your predicted grades if shortlisted for interview.

A-Level Candidates with qualifications from England, Wales and NI must have a minimum AAB which must include Mathematics, English and a computer science A-Level

College (FE) Students must have a minimum qualification who have completed a extended BTEC certificate (360 GLH), or Cambridge Technicals in Information Technology Level 3, or AQA Tech Level Computing and IT Level 3.

Candidates with Scottish qualifications must have a minimum of BBBB including Mathematics, English and computer science/programming, all of which must have been achieved in the first sitting.

All candidates are mandated to have a minimum GCSE or Standard Grades qualifications in maths and English at A-C or equivalent.

To be eligible for this scheme, you will need to have the right to work in the UK.

Package Description

  • You will be employed onto a permanent contact of employment
  • You will get up to 5 weeks of annual leave per year as well as an additional days leave over the festive period, known as our “Corporation Day”.
  • You will receive a salary of £14,250 (plus £4,682 London Weighting allowance) increasing £1,500 per year as you progress on the apprenticeship.
  • A recognised BSc degree qualification awarded by The Open University
  • Paid travel and accommodation (when required) between work and any training facility.
  • A competitive salary on completion of the apprenticeship as you get promoted into a substantive role
  • BBC Staff Perks including discounts on many high street and online services/products.
  • Professional Coaching and Mentoring to aid your personal development.
  • The chance to wear the famous BBC Staff lanyard and ID card by working for the world’s leading public service broadcaster!

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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