You. Smart. Thing. Limited

Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprentice - Degree (Level 6)

You. Smart. Thing. Limited (Employer)

Aston University (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £182.00 to £348.80
40.0 hours per week Working Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm with 1 hour for lunch (Days to be confirmed)
57 months (duration)
1 December 2020(start date)
1 November 2020 (application closing date)
Register interest

Job Description

You will work within an agile team, learning the latest in development software technologies and methods to support the team in delivering our Travel Assistant solution to customers. You will undertake activities on rotations that will develop your expertise across product and project management, analysis and software development.


You will work with a small start-up software team building and delivering our market leading destination management software platform, the You. Smart. Thing. Travel Assistant.

You will undertake the following activities on rotations:

  • Software Engineering
  • Product Management
  • DevOps and Project Management
  • Depending on aptitude you could be performing software engineering using Java Script frameworks (React JS, Next JS), .Net Core, Linux servers, storage & virtualisation, Docker containerisation, cloud computing, data management, network design, cyber security, DevOps, and the internet of things (IoT)

In addition to object oriented programming, data modelling, NoSQL, systems development, quality assurance engineering, test automation, agile, systems analysis and design, web and mobile application development, big data and analytics, you will learn information security administration, project management, product management and business quality systems management.

There are further details at

Future Prospects

  • This could lead to a permanent position with You. Smart. Thing. with great career prospects after the Apprenticeship

Reality Check

  • Although we have a central Birmingham office, due to the current government advice the team are currently working from home. We will ensure that you work in a safe location in accordance with the latest government advice
  • Our office includes a roof terrace, kitchen, free gym, secure cycle store, free tea and coffee making

Skills Required

  • Keen and eager to learn
  • Computing skills including Office suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint), operating systems (MacOS, Linux, Windows)
  • Capable of managing content on blogs, twitter and linked in
  • Interest in web or app development, knowledge of Java Script, React JS, Next JS or MS .Net Core a bonus
  • Awareness of cloud server administration (AWS, Digital Ocean, Azure)

Qualities Required

  • Passion for technology
  • Supreme Communication Skills
  • Great at Time and Task Management
  • Quick Learning Ability
  • A Good Team Player
  • High-End User Focus
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently
  • Commercially Aware

Qualifications Required

You will need:

  • Three A Levels at CCC or above including a mathematics based subject and a STEM subject, or equivalent BTECs*
  • Have a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including mathematics, English and a science, technology or engineering related subject

Please note:

  • Employers may specify their own entry criteria that can exceed this
  • Candidates who do not have three A Levels at CCC may be considered on a case by case basis with aptitude and experience taken into consideration

You will also need to meet the government's eligibility criteria:

  • Have been a UK/EU/EAA resident for the past three years or more prior to starting the course
  • Have left full time education when the apprenticeship you are applying for is due to start
  • Be aged at least 16 years old to meet government funding criteria

Training Provided

  • Our Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship is the most established degree apprenticeship here at Aston. It was the first degree apprenticeship offered in the UK and has developed capable professionals at companies including Capgemini, Virgin Media and CGI
  • You’ll be trained in a wide range of programming tools, methods and techniques,allowing you to add value to your organisation straight away. The course will help you develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge you need for a career in the IT sector
  • The course covers applied competence in the application of IT, promotes business awareness anddeliversunderstanding of the issues central to IT organisations
  • This course has been developed as part of Aston University’s contribution to the Institute of Coding (IoC) –a family of businesses and universities, funded by the Office for Students and collaborating organisations, dedicated to developing the digital skills that learners need to take advantage of the opportunities that computing and increased digitalisation are bringing. In addition to the networks of expertise that the IoC has enabled us to bring to bear on creating the course, the course tutors have been funded through the IoC
Register interest