Digital and Technology Degree Apprenticeship - Master's Degree (Level 7)

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (Employer)

Manchester Metropolitan University (Training Provider)

Annual wage £18,000.00
36.5 hours per week The working hours are Monday to Friday, 7.3 hours per day, totalling 36.5 hours per week.
4 years (duration)
6 September 2021(start date)
6 positions available
19 March 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Our apprenticeship programme is designed to give you a broad understanding of our functions and get you involved in a variety of activities and projects. During the programme, you will have the opportunity to complete several 8-month rotations in different areas of our functions to help you decide which career pathway you would like to take.


In AstraZeneca IT, we push the boundaries of technology to achieve positive business outcomes

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person!

Where you start with us doesn't determine the course of your career. So many of our people develop themselves beyond their wildest imaginations, both in terms of their roles and the countries they've worked in.

AstraZeneca’s apprenticeship scheme offers you an opportunity to learn within a multi-national company gaining useable skills whilst collaborating alongside industry specialists and professionals.

In IT, we are passionate about driving technology innovation, continuously improving our IT environment to ensure our internal teams can do their best work and successfully deliver our business goals. We do this by encouraging creative thinking and new ideas and maintaining a strong customer focus, enabling us to fully understand all our business areas, how they operate and how we, in IT, create maximum value for them. We need great people who share our passion for technology led science, are driven, determined and hard-working. In return, we will support your formal and ‘on the job’ development, making the most of your skills and passion to help you in reaching your ultimate career aspirations.

Where you start your journey with us doesn't determine the course of your career; many of our people develop themselves beyond their wildest imaginations, both in terms of the roles they perform and the countries they work in. We won’t limit your capabilities by what's possible for you now but by what's possible for them in the future.

Our apprenticeship programme is designed to give you a broad understanding of our IT function alongside being involved in a variety of critical activities and projects we are delivering to the business. During this 4-year programme, you will have the opportunity to complete several 8-month rotations in different areas of our function, in line with your interests, skills, knowledge and experience – to help you decide which career pathway you would like to take.

Throughout your apprenticeship with us you will have the opportunity to carry out some of the following roles:

  • Business Analyst
  • User Experience Researcher
  • Innovation Design Analyst
  • Innovation Technologist
  • Global Mobility Analyst
  • Agile Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Content Analyst
  • Global Data Analyst

So, in one rotation, you could be a Business Analyst, gathering requirements from our scientists, who are working on a new cancer drug; you may then work with different parts of IT to see how we meet their requirements. On another rotation, as a Project Manager you could be working with our Operations team implementing a technology solution to improve the drug manufacturing process

Whichever role you perform, you will:

  • Build knowledge of your IT area & the customer area(s) you are working with
  • Have an important, contributing role in the team
  • Have support from your line manager, your mentor and your buddy to help you deliver at your best
  • Drive your own development, through formal learning and/or experience
  • Have the opportunity to build core skills, such as presenting, influencing, stakeholder engagement & management etc.
  • Maintain a strong peer network with your fellow apprentices & our other Early Talent employees
  • Have the opportunity to get involved in activities that benefit society and our local areas, such as charity fundraising, helping school leavers decide on their next steps, building exposure of technology to students etc.
  • Benefit from working in diverse, global company where we value and embrace the advantage true diversity can bring to a workplace…you may even get the opportunity to visit your colleagues in other countries

In return for your drive, determination, hard work and dedication, we will support you to complete your Bachelor of Science Degree in Digital & Technology Solutions at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) or BPP (depending on your work location) through a 4-year programme.

A degree apprenticeship combines full-time paid work with us and part-time university learning; offering you the opportunity to gain a full qualification (just like you would if you went to uni full-time) whilst being involved in real-life delivery, practical learning and getting paid!

As well as this, you will be supported on a day to day basis with:

  • Opportunities to apply your learning in the workplace
  • Reasonable time out to attend university and study (during study leave)
  • Focussed objectives and goals for the duration of each rotation role
  • Further development to support broader learning
  • Time with your line manager, mentor, buddy and Early Talent network

Future Prospects

  • On successful completion of the apprenticeship, candidates will be able to apply for further positions

Reality Check

  • This is a Fixed Term Contract opportunity based at Macclesfield or Cambridge offering £18,000 starting base salary + 11% benefits fund + bonus. (Relocation support may be offered on an individual basis, if appropriate)

Skills Required

  • Quick and agile thinker
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong organisation skills
  • Demonstrable initiative

Qualities Required

  • A strong desire to learn
  • A real passion for technology and science
  • Self-motivation

Qualifications Required

  • To have achieved or predicted to achieve a minimum of 104 points at A-level (Grades BCC) or an equivalent. In addition, 5 GCSE’s at 9-4 / A*-C (or equivalent qualifications)

Training Provided

Digital and Technology Solution Specialist (degree) Apprenticeship Standard:

Apprentices will develop the fundamental skills, knowledge and behaviours for a successful career in IT.

Apprentices will follow one of four specialist pathways:

  • IT consultant (business technology) – focusing on business technologies and technology management
  • Cyber security analyst – responding to threats by assessing and securing vulnerable systems
  • Data analyst – managing and analysing big data and its commercial applications
  • Software engineer – including advanced programming, software development and databases
  • Software engineer (mainframe) – focusing on the principles of computing that underpin the effective use of mainframe technologies

Year one:

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Business Systems
  • Introduction to Web Development

Year two:

During year two, apprentices will study two core units and a third unit that relates specifically to their chosen pathway.

Core units:

  • Computing Fundamentals
  • Technology Management

Pathway units:

  • Computer Security Fundamentals (Cyber Security Analyst pathway)
  • Statistics and Visualisation (Data Analytics pathway)
  • Customer Lifecycle Management (IT Consultant pathway)
  • Advanced Programming (Software Engineering pathway)

Year three:

IT Consultant:

  • Web Design and Development
  • Business Intelligence and Strategy
  • Technical Business Consultancy Project

Software Engineer:

  • Computer Networks and Operating Systems
  • Enterprise Programming
  • Development Project

Cyber Security Analyst:

  • Computer Networks and Operating Systems
  • Security Auditing and Incident Response
  • Cyber Security Project

Data Analytics:

  • Advanced Databases
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Analytics Project

Year four:

In the fourth year, apprentices will study two core units and one elective unit.

Core units:

  • Synoptic Project
  • Portfolio Assessment

Elective units may include:

  • Data Engineering
  • Mobile App Development
  • Advanced Web Development
  • Web Content Management Systems
  • User Experience Design
  • Developing a Digital Business
  • Digital and Social Media Marketing Communications Management
  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurial Practice
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About the employer

As one of the worlds leading pharmaceutical companies, ours is a history of breakthroughs in medicine that have made life better for millions.

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