Software Development Technician Level 3 Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

White Stuff Ltd (Employer)

QA Apprenticeships (Training Provider)

Annual wage £18,000.00
35.0 hours per week 9am - 5:30pm, Monday to Friday. Shifts TBC.
15 months (duration)
30 August 2021(start date)
Software development technician (apprenticeship standard)
Digital (route)
20 August 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Growing at White Stuff: We want to make sure there are numerous opportunities for our people to learn and grow. Our focus is enabling people to develop personally and professionally through a combination of great conversations with your manager, supportive tools, and both internal and external training that supplements learning within your role.


Main Responsibilities: 

  • Working alongside and supporting the wider team with development tasks
  • Using core development languages daily
  • Producing and maintaining content for all White Stuff websites
  • Ensuring all requirements on the brief are met
  • Communicating with other departments across the business on developing and maintaining site content
  • Ensuring that the websites are optimal in terms of design requirement and page load
  • Ensure compatibility across all major devices and browsers, and the existing website’s code
  • Ensuring all content has relevant metadata and is correctly optimised for SEO purposes
  • Ensure content is following at least the most basic accessibility guidelines
  • Highlighting areas of potential improvement to development of the websites 

Future Prospects

  • Possibility of full time employment

Reality Check


  • Your holiday entitlement - 33 days per annum inclusive of all public holidays with the possibility to buy or sell holiday up to 5 days holiday each year. You can also take 2 days off work per year to help a charitable cause in your local community
  • Company Bonus Scheme - your bonus earning potential is 10% of your annual salary. This is calculated based upon profit achievement and is reviewed annually at company’s discretion. Full details are published on the Tea Room (our intranet hub) each year
  • Your pension - White Stuff operates a Group Personal Pension Scheme, onto which eligible colleagues are automatically enrolled within 3 months of joining. We offer contribution match of up to 3% for the first 12 months of employment. After 12 months continuous service, matched contributions increase to 5%
  • Life Assurance - We want to make sure that your loved ones are looked after should this be needed in the future. When you join White Stuff you will be added to our Life Assurance Scheme. This provides 2x your basic salary to your chosen beneficiaries in the event of your death whilst in employment at White Stuff
  • Your health - We offer a healthcare subsidy to contribute towards the costs of either the healthcare cash plan or dental insurance
  • Your wellbeing - Our Employee Assistance Programme is operated by the Retail Trust, and provides confidential support, information and advice on a spectrum of topics. This is available for all colleagues and their family members
  • Your development - Expect personal and professional development trough continuous learning, meaningful work, autonomy and support in a low hierarchy environment
  • Work environment -You’ll be provided with a laptop and necessary tools to carry out work either at our offices or at home. Our office offers a bright open space, with creative hot spots, and is definitely dog-friendly!
  • Flexible working -We offer the possibility to request flexible working from day 1, and we will continue to offer a mix of office-based and remote working to all colleagues
  • Family friendly - We offer enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave packages
  • Staff discount - You will be entitled to purchase White Stuff clothing at a discounted price (currently 50%) from your first working day. White Stuff reserves the right to change any entitlement to staff discounts according to the needs of the business
  • Other benefits include season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme and much more!
  • You can find the full list of benefits offered upon joining
  • Most benefit are managed through The Biscuit Tin, which is our online benefits platform where you can select and manage your preferred benefits online
  • You will be contacted with your login details within your first month at White Stuff and further details will be provided upon joining

Important Information: 

QA’s apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education. 

To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years. 

Skills Required

  • At least 3 months coding experience
  • Understanding of Responsive Web Design ideology and frameworks
  • Experience with XHTML and CSS2
  • Knowledge of working with multiple Internet browsers
  • A sound knowledge of working to a brief and be able to turn a design quickly and efficiently into a fully functioning web page

Qualities Required

  • A strong interest in becoming part of the growing eCommerce world.
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work to a deadline
  • Ability to work well within a team and take guidance from senior members of the team 

Qualifications Required

Entry requirements: 

You need to have 7 GCSE’s:

  • English GCSE (or equivalents) at grade D/3 or above
  • 6x GCSE’s, including maths, at grade A-C/804

You must not already have a qualification in a similar subject at the same level, or higher level than this apprenticeship. 

If you hold international equivalents of the above qualifications, at the time of your application you must be able to provide an official document that states how your international qualifications compare to the UK qualifications. Find out more here.

Training Provided

  • Level 3 Software Development Technician Apprenticeship Standard

Approximately 11% of training takes place in the QA learning centre classroom. 9% is done in the workplace, through online training, face-to-face meetings with your QA Technical Skills Coach, or developing your portfolio. The remaining time will be spent on your workplace activity.

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