Software Development Digital Degree Apprentice

Job reference: 00865

Location: Leeds

Closing date: 31/03/2019

Salary: £21,089

Employment type: Fixed Term

Hours per week: 37.5 per week

‚ÄčAbout the role

Our vision is to harness the power of information and technology to provide better health and care.

Software lies at the heart of all our daily lives. Many of our interactions are now through applications and services. The quality of these interactions is massively influenced by well-designed software. This is a unique opportunity to join NHS Digital and create the software that will transform services across health and care, including national systems and those targeted at specific areas and users. You will join teams from across the organisation, learning from highly motivated experts and contribute to our successful deliveries.

NHS Digital is the national information and technology provider for health and care. Our teams build, develop and manage critical digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend.

Over the 4 years you get the opportunity to work on different teams and projects to help you get a greater understanding of the kinds of roles we have in Software Development at NHS Digital.

How we work:

  • Multi-functional end-to-end development teams comprising of business analysts, developers and testers
  • Agile development approach
  • Open Source and commercial technologies
  • Value-driven to solve real user problems

You won’t be on your own! Working alongside trainees, both new to the role like yourself, and those who have been on previous trainee schemes. With the wider team, a career mentor and community of practice your support network couldn’t be better for getting your career off to a phenomenal start.

You may be involved in:

  • Coding including Python, C#, Java .Net & PHP
  • Working in agile delivery teams
  • Cloud based computing (AWS and Azure)
  • Growing use of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning.
  • Everything from internal R&D projects to national, enterprise scale systems affecting people’s lives daily including:
  • Cancer screening systems.
  • Supporting the flow of data from across care nationally for secondary use
  • Directory of Services – underpins the NHS 999 and 111 services.
  • Full stack DevOps engineering including automation of testing, build, deployment and operation of systems.


Examples of the types of teams you could be working with include:

  • The Spine, known as the “technological backbone of the NHS”, connects clinicians and patients to national services such as the Electronic Prescription Service, Summary Care Record and the e-Referral Service, which allow clinicians to deliver safe and effective care to patients. NHS Spine stores around 150TB of data. This includes the details of 80 million people and 2.6 billion requests for information and associated amendments.
  • NHS.UK. The main public facing NHS website. It provides health related information and tools including: Health A-Z, lifestyle advice, performance data & patient ratings. It’s a cloud hosted, enterprise level website built by multi-disciplinary teams using a mixture of commercial and open source software. It gets 1.5m visits a day and has 228k twitter followers.


  • An apprenticeship is a combination of employment provided by us and your apprenticeship training provided by QA. During the 3/4 years you will complete a BSc (Hons) in Digital & Technology Solutions Degree following the software engineer specialism.
  • Please see the University of Roehampton’s Programme information here and the attached for more detail.

Who Are We Looking For?

We are looking for talented and driven people who want to start their career with us. You will be passionate about new technologies, be full of initiative and above all have a willingness to learn and grow.

We value diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds.

You will have:

  • 5 GCSE’s 9-4 (A-C) including Maths and English or Level 2 equivalents
  • 3 A-levels A-C including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects or equivalent (NVQ/SVQ Level 3, or a BTEC National).
  • Portfolio to demonstrate experience of software development to date – e.g. course work, personal projects.
  • Proven interest in software development (e.g. knowledge of the variety of languages available, awareness and basic understanding of software development methodologies).
  • Passion, drive and high levels of enthusiasm for new challenges.
  • Self-motivation and a dream to succeed as part of a team.
  • A dedication to excel in a demanding and highly rewarding role.

If you have a degree level qualification or higher you are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.

What we offer

Providing that you successfully complete your programme you will be assessed for one of our permanent roles. Most of our trainees go on to secure a job with us on a higher grade.

You will start on a 2-year fixed-term contract in the Academy, progressing to a permanent position in a software development role in year 3.

  • Phase 1 Year 1 – Band 4 £21,098 End of year assessment
    Phase 2 Year 2 – Band 5 £24,214 End of year assessment
    Phase 3 Year 3 – Band 6 £30,401 Permanent Role

Great work deserves great reward. In return for your ideas, dedication and ambition, we'll give you a competitive salary, 27 days annual leave and NHS benefits including:

  • Flexible working opportunities
  • 14% contribution to your NHS pension
  • A range of NHS Discounts covering, for example, shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones, and insurance – including 20% off Nandos
  • Travel season ticket loan
  • Car Lease scheme

What’s next?

  1. Application before end of Feb
  2. Online assessment within 14 days of application
  3. Online Interview March/April
  4. Assessment Centre – 1st July 2019
  5. Start date 9th September 2019

Please ensure that you complete all supporting application questions as they will inform our initial shortlisting process

This vacancy will close to new applications when a sufficient number have been received, which means applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Roles at NHS Digital are subject to a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service following an acceptance of an offer of employment. Basic checks provide details of convictions and conditional cautions that are considered to be unspent under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.



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