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DWP Digital is launching its Digital Apprenticeship programme, with our first phase of opportunities providing up to 20 openings in software engineering.

This is a valuable chance to join DWP Digital as an apprentice where you can develop specialist software engineering skills and build a successful digital career working on projects used by millions of citizens using enterprise grade technologies.

The roles are based in DWP’s digital hubs in Manchester and Newcastle, with future opportunities planned for Blackpool – with the flexibility currently to work remotely as required due to COVID-19.

Apprentices will be given a permanent job in the Civil Service, with a competitive starting salary of £27,565, full employee benefits including a Civil Service pension, generous annual leave, public holidays, and plenty of career prospects.

Earn while you learn

The apprenticeships are delivered by our partner providers and enable successful candidates to gain a qualification and professional recognition while working on projects that make an impact on millions of people’s lives.

Real-life work experience is blended with virtual learning, that includes one-to-ones with tutors and mentors, lab tutorials and research projects. Apprentices will work with a dedicated skills coach and have regular meetings with tutors and colleagues to consolidate and support their development and success in the role.

Secure specialist skills

The apprenticeships provide a fantastic opportunity to gain technical skills in software development, building responsive web apps, using big data and analytics, micro services and APIs. Apprentices will ultimately gain the key skills they need for a career in software engineering.

Once the apprenticeship is complete there’ll be ongoing opportunities to continue with professional development and to explore promotion options in DWP Digital and other government departments.

Diversity matters

The work DWP Digital does need a diverse mix of cultures, perspectives, experience, skills and ideas to reflect our 20 million users. So applications from underrepresented groups such as BAME and LGBT+ are actively encouraged, as are applications from women – helping redress the gender balance in the tech industry.

To find out more please contact Rachel.Poole@DWP.GOV.UK / Damine.Patel@DWP.GOV.UK

Bethany Wright
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