Software Tester Apprenticeship

DWP Digital
London, United Kingdom
Up to GBP31061 per annum
21 Jul 2022
11 Aug 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Software Tester Apprenticeship: Blackpool, Leeds, Manchester or Newcastle (£27,565) & London (£31,061)

DWP. Digital with Purpose.
  • Are you looking for a way into software testing and engineering?
  • Do you ask too many questions? Are you into solving problems?
  • Do you want to learn while you earn, with salary of at least £31,061?

DWP is the UK's biggest government department. Our in-house DWP Digital teams are changing DWP products and services so they work better for the millions of people who use them.

Our engineering community is responsible for using the latest tech, tooling and thinking to make this happen.

We're growing all the time, and we have an exciting opportunity for 14 new Apprentice Software Testers to join our team.


  • You're interested in learning and self-development.
  • You're motivated to become a Software Tester.
  • You're enthusiastic about dealing with changes or new challenges.
  • You take a collaborative approach when it comes to working with others.
  • You can maintain a balance between work and learning.
  • You are interested asking questions, and finding out more about a situation or problem.

Delivering World-Class Products: What do our software testers do?

The Software Tester's role is to discover whether an application runs as it was designed to and, if it's not working correctly, report what problems have been discovered.

A Software Tester will use their own detective skills, digital tools or computer programming to solve problems and discover if an application works correctly.

Software Testers find problems within functionality of a new application, record the evidence as to why this is not working and communicate to other members of the software development team - ultimately fixing the problem and making sure the stuff we spin up and turn out works.

Developing World-Class People: Your apprenticeship experience

Learn by doing: You'll get hands on experience of Software Testing, delivering important stuff that millions of people will use.

You'll be working alongside experienced experts, with access to coaching, mentoring and support, from your line manager and from our brilliant engineering community.

Learn by studying: you'll study towards a Level 4 Software Testing qualification, where you'll develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours you'll need in your careers.

Learn by immersion: You participate in an immersive bootcamp delivered by our chosen training provider Makers Academy, where you'll to develop your Test Engineering fundamentals, supported by experienced technical coaches throughout.

We'll give you 20% of your work time for off-the-job training to allow you to complete your apprenticeship within your working hours.

There's a lot to learn and do, so you need to be ready to be proactive, work hard and participate in the many opportunities you'll be given to showcase your skills.

During your apprenticeship you'll produce a portfolio showcasing everything you've learned, including:
  • Understanding of the Software Development Lifecycle.
  • Testing within the Agile methodology framework.
  • Test Engineering principles.
  • Test Analysis.
  • Understanding software programming.
  • Understanding technical testing tools.
  • Applying test scripts using a variety of tools and languages
  • Tracking test results and working with the software development team to resolve issues
  • Reporting on progress against all software testing activities.
  • Non-Functional Testing (including Performance, Accessibility and Security).

To be eligible for the apprenticeship you are required to hold the following minimum eligibility criteria:
  • Hold a valid passport/birth certificate or residence permit.
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK.
  • Must have lived in the UK and/or EEA for 3 years prior to apprenticeship start date.
  • Not be in full-time education or be undertaking another apprenticeship by the apprenticeship start date.
  • You must not hold an existing qualification at the same or higher level in a similar subject.
  • You must hold GCSEs in Maths and English at Grade C or above or complete functional skills tests at the beginning of the apprenticeship programme.

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