Apprentice Software Engineer - Level 4

Aviva · Up to £20k · East of England

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Technology at Aviva is an exciting place to be! We’re the UK’s largest insurer, a FTSE 100 company and global leader who puts the customer at the heart of everything we do. Awarded Digital Insurance Company of the Year at the Data, Analytics & Technology Awards for Insurance, our Technology community is among the best resourced and most talented anywhere. 

We work collaboratively in small teams to build high quality solutions that meet our customers’ needs, first time: whether delivering technology change internally to meet the wider needs of the organisation or producing innovative digital tech like the award winning “My Aviva” customer portal and “Aviva Drive".  

Through our Apprentice Programme, we'll equip you with the hands-on experience, industry recognised accredited qualifications and tools to succeed.  

In Software Engineering, we enhance existing products, create new products and platforms and maintain our existing applications. As an Apprentice Software Engineer, your work will include:

  • Writing and testing software code for our applications
  • Using version control systems to maintain our software code base
  • Focus on software development techniques as well as software language
  • Developing yourself and later others in the Software Engineering community

This is an 18-month programme where you’ll spend 80% of your time gaining real hands-on experience in the role and 20% dedicated to your Apprenticeship studies, working with a National Training Provider to support your accredited qualification (a Level 4 Apprenticeship). Upon successful completion of your qualification(s) you’ll be a fully-fledged Aviva Software Engineer! 

(We also have the option of the Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship for those that would prefer it – you can find this role on our website)


About you 

  • We’re on the lookout for apprentices from all kinds of backgrounds – whether this is your first professional role, you’re returning to work after a break, or are looking to move into a new career. Whatever your previous experience, we need you to:
  • Have a minimum of 5 x GCSEs or Scottish National 5s at Grade 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent (this must include English and Maths)
  • Have or be on track for at least 3 A-Levels Grades B, C, C (or equivalent) preferably with one of these in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) subject
  • Be always on the lookout for positive changes and solutions - approaching situations with curiosity and initiative
  • Be comfortable talking about your work, and explaining concepts and decisions to others
  • Be flexible, able to adapt and change quickly to different situations
  • Possess good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Have an understanding or experience of coding – whether through your studies or as an outside interest
  • Have a love of learning and be working to continually improve
  • Have an interest in tech


What will you get for this role? 

  • Starting salary from £17,500 (depending on skills, experience and qualifications)
  • A Level 4 qualification, equivalent to a Foundation Degree/HND.
  • Generous defined contribution pension scheme
  • Annual performance related bonus and pay review
  • Holiday allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays and the option to buy/sell up to 5 additional days
  • Up to 40% discount for some Aviva products through “My Aviva Extras”, plus discounts for Friends and Family (some exclusions apply)
  • Excellent range of flexible benefits to include a matching share save scheme


The recruitment process: 

We live Aviva's values, with a culture of continually challenging and improving what we do and how we do it. We invest in our people, expecting curiosity and a courageous mindset. We will assess your strengths as well as understanding how connected and aligned to our values you are throughout the process. 

The process itself is: 

  • Make an online application – this will include answering a short questionnaire and attaching your CV
  • If you pass the initial screen you will be have a short telephone interview
  • Pass that and you’ll be sent some online tests
  • And if you do well in these, there’s an assessment day

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