Software development technicians are entry-level team members who assist in creating computer programs. They support software developers in developing applications and systems that enable specific tasks on computers and devices or control networks.
Their work may involve supporting the development of transport ticketing systems, customer-facing websites, and internal monitoring platforms for transportation networks. They contribute to creating bespoke asset management systems and assist in devising innovative solutions to various problems, such as flood warning systems and sustainable farming approaches.
Software development technicians play a vital role in organisations by helping build quality-tested software solutions to improve operations and reduce downtime. These solutions enable businesses to analyse data efficiently, make informed decisions, and provide better services. They work as junior members of software development teams, building simple software components and testing their functionality under supervision.
In their daily work, software development technicians interact with software developers, internal and external users/customers, and specialists from different fields. They may be involved in field-based research and testing to meet client needs.
Responsibilities of a software development technician include assisting in the development of software solutions throughout the entire development life cycle, from research and development to continuous improvement and retirement. They work under supervision, contributing to standalone project stages and collaborating with senior team members.
The learner journey
1. 15-18 months on-programme – This is when the individual will learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours which will support them for their End-Point Assessment. The learner could partake in a combination of activities, such as classroom based sessions, mentoring, shadowing, bespoke resources and off-site visits in order to support their learning and development.
You will be required to spend at least six hours a week on off-the-job training in order to meet the course requirements.
2. Gateway – After the 15-18 months teaching and learning, you, your training provider and the learner will review the learners journey and decide whether it is the right time for the on-programme assessment.
3. End-Point Assessment – This is when your learner will need to demonstrate they have learnt the required knowledge, skills and behaviours, through an on demand knowledge test, a professional discussion, practical observation and business project.
Those with an annual wage bill of less than £3m do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy. Instead, 95% of each apprenticeship is funded by the government whilst a 5% investment is required by the employer to enhance the skills of their employee.
- Employers are also be eligible for a £1000 incentive payment if the apprentice is aged 16–18.
- Employers with less than 50 employees and where the apprentice is aged 16–18, the government will fund 100% of the apprentice and are eligible for a £1000 incentive payment.
- Employers with those aged 19+ the government will continue to fund 95% of the apprenticeship programme whilst a 5% investment is required by the employer.
Businesses can manage this through the Apprenticeship Service online account.