Avery Berkel

Apprentice Software Engineer


Avery Berkel

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Annual wage £12,000.00
37.0 hours per week Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 4.45pm Friday 8.00am to 1.00pm
duration: 54 months
start: 2 September 2019
Degree(level 6)
Digital and technology solutions professional (apprenticeship standard)
31 July 2019 (application closing date)
An excellent opportunity to join a Birmingham-based company looking to grow their team with the addition of a Software Engineer Apprentice. As a member of a small team developing embedded and web-based software you will learn and experience all stages of the software development lifecycle including requirements definition, code, test and release.


Avery Berkel is an established manufacturer based in Smethwick near Birmingham.  You will be part of the software team that supports and maintains existing software as well as developing new features and products. These include embedded products and web-based applications.

The main activities of the role will include:

  • Investigation and diagnosis of issues reported by customers
  • Maintenance of existing software to fix issues and add new features
  • Building and testing of software releases
  • Creating software release notes

You will work directly under the guidance of the Software Development Manager and will be supported by other members of the software team.  

Future Prospects

Completion of the apprenticeship will give experience and exposure to the full software development cycle leading to a role as Software Engineer.

Skills Required

  • Logical and methodical approach to problem solving
  • Good attention to detail and desire to produce high quality work
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Well organised and able to cope with changing priorities
  • Competent in using software applications

Qualities Required

  • Enthusiastic with a professional attitude
  • Satisfaction from solving problems
  • Not afraid to ask for help when needed
  • Able to work as a team and as an individual
  • Committed to learning new technologies

Qualifications Required

  • A*-C or 9-4 GCSE qualifications in English and maths
  • 3 A-levels (predicted or achieved) equivalent to BBC or above, including maths and preferably Computer Science
  •  You must be eligible to work in the UK

Training Provided

Level 6 Digital and technology solutions professional standard. 

You begin your role with Foundations of Technology Solutions, an intensive seven weeks of technical training (object oriented programming and database management) which will take place at Aston University. This will allow you to come away from your day job and focus on your training.

The degree is: BSc (Honours) in Digital & Technology Solutions. This has three, eighteen month stages, each equivalent to a normal academic year. Each stage comprises three six-month blocks. This pattern of study is designed to fit around full-time employment and uses a blended learning approach, which mixes distance learning, work-based study and attendance at on-campus study days.

You will also receive training from Avery Berkel on the following:

  • Writing requirements and test specifications
  • Coding in C++ and Java
  • Software debugging
  • Software Testing
  • Software version management (SVN)
  • Software change management (Redmine)