Software Development Apprentice

Amazon · Competitive · Cambridge
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Learn As You Earn - Life changing careers with Amazon Apprenticeships

A qualification and a career at the same time? Thats a bit like having your cake and eating it, right? But it really doesnt have to be one or the other. Learning and earning within an apprenticeship means you get both - a qualification and a career.

Amazon offers a range of opportunities to suit candidates with different backgrounds, qualifications and career aspirations. That is why we believe it is the perfect place to learn new skills. Our Software Teams are crucial in ensuring that we continue to deliver and innovate for customers.

We have big plans and want to continue to develop and retain the best talent. Amazon apprenticeship schemes are aimed at people who have a passion for learning and want to start a career now - or possibly retrain in a new direction.

To be successful you will need to be committed to your own development and be prepared to make the most of the opportunities, hands on experience and qualifications given to you.

After graduating with us, youll be qualified to apply for a permanent role within our team. Roles are available throughout the UK, across our operations and corporate offices.

About the role:

Amazon Software Developers are responsible for devising and growing innovations for Amazon around the world. Several small teams of developers, designers and leaders run major parts of Amazons business, technology and operations.

As a Software Developer Apprentice, you will work with cutting-edge technology, as you will help develop critical products for our customers, and offer excellent technical support. Developers at Amazon work on real world problems on a global scale, own systems end-to-end, and help influence the direction of our technology that delights hundreds of millions of customers around the world. As a software Developer Apprentice, you will be on a 48 month fixed term contract working with our software teams in one of our offices based in Cambridge.

Youll also gain a whole range of useful experience and skills while working on the Software Developer Level 4 apprenticeship standard in first year and then going on to the Digital and Technology Professional Degree Apprenticeship.

You will build your skills over a 48 month period - starting in September which will help you develop personally and professionally across the 4 years. You will gain knowledge via :

  • Classroom based training hosted offsite,
  • On-the-job training ,
  • Online learning,
  • Mentoring from our Software developers.

Alongside extensive development of your technical skills, you will also grow your abilities in crucial complementary areas like organization, prioritization, data analysis and problem solving techniques, teamwork, communication, and presentation skills. By specializing in software development you will learn to design, build and test high-quality software solutions. You will be aiming to apply engineering principles to all stages of the software development process, from requirements, analysis and design, development and data requirements.

On successful completion will you receive invaluable learning, development and professional experience, you will also gain a BSc in Digital and Technology Solutions Professional and you will then be ready to apply for roles in Amazon across the globe.

What we are looking for

Due to the nature of this role, we are looking for candidates who can demonstrate a keen interest and passion for in IT and technology, particularly within Software Development.

  • You can follow a list of guidelines and instructions (verbal or written) to deliver results and meet deadlines
  • You have a can-do attitude, flexible, adaptable and proactive
  • You are a hard-working, focused individual who thrives as part of a team but can also work independently when required. Furthermore, you must have a strong desire to learn, develop and grow as an individual in both a personal and professional sense.
  • You seek and respond well to feedback
  • You aim to attain impeccable customer service, excellent customer facing skills
  • You have attention to detail and have good oral and written communication skills.

Candidates should be 18 years or over and have the right to live and work in England. You have a good fundamental understanding and experience of coding either certified or self-taught. You have ability to think creatively and apply analytical and problem solving skills, driving issues to resolution and also should have a deep interest in software development and strong willingness to learn.

Amazon and COVID19

Safety is our priority. We are interviewing virtually for this role (and wherever possible).

Read more about how were responding to the crisis here:

Your recruitment process will start with your online application (providing your CV as well as answering questions about the above basic qualifications) and will then take you onto online testing by one of our recruiters.

As a last step, we will invite successful candidates to an assessment center where they will participate in a group exercise, execute a practical exercise and get a chance to present their profile, motivation and skills 1-on-1 during interviews or presentations.

Amazon is an equal opportunities employer. We believe passionately that employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We make recruiting decisions based on your experience and skills. We value your passion to discover, invent, simplify and build.


Academic qualifications

  • 3 A levels including a STEM related subject or equivalent
  • 5 GCSE including English and Maths or equivalent

Note: This Apprenticeship assumes the candidate has little professional software engineering experience and is NOT suitable for candidates who already have a software or computing degree.


Preferred Qualifications / skills

These will be a plus for your career at Amazon but are not necessary to enter the program.

  • You are able to operate in a challenging and fast paced environment,
  • You are able to demonstrate drive and passion,
  • Have an additional language
  • The desire to relocate to fulfil your career aspirations

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