Apprentice Software Tester in Altrincham WA14

QA Apprenticeships
12 Oct 2018
17 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Employer description:

This is an exciting opportunity to join an expanding team in a fast-paced environment with clear career progression route ways within a dynamic technology solutions company in Altringham.

At Civica our people matter. They’re the ones who build long lasting relationships with our customers. The ones with the ideas. The ones who make the ideas happen and the ones who bring our brand to life. Does this sound like the business for you?

We want someone who is...

Hobbyist, someone that self teaches and builds their understanding in their chosen subject Thrives in a hands on environment Able to work well as part of a team as well as on their own Can give examples of their strengths and knowledge Self-starter Able to follow instructions and complete tasks

Job Details:

Job overview / purpose:

An exciting opportunity has become available for an Apprentice Software Tester to join our Altrincham site.

You will be working in a fast-paced environment within an experienced team to ensure that our products meet the needs of our customers. You will have an important role, ensuring the quality of our software and preventing defects. You will learn to test software in a professional manner to the latest industry best practice.

The duration of the Apprenticeship is for 13 – 15 months, there is a significant chance that full time employment will follow successful completion of the apprenticeship.

You will be mentored and supported throughout your apprenticeship gaining essential hands on experience of working in a software company developing client server, mobile and web based applications.

You will be involved in the full lifecycle of a product from inception through to release and maintenance.

You will be placed on internal Civica courses such as customer service skills, time management and managing relationships to help develop your professionalism and competence.

At the end of the programme you will have achieved an industry recognised Level 3 apprenticeship in Software Development, as well as other industry recognised IT certifications and have a great opportunity to gain full time employment with Civica.

This apprenticeship provides a real opportunity to start your career within IT; providing a clear route for progression, as you will be joining Civica who are investing in developing your future career You will be joining a team who enjoy quarterly team building events and pizza to boot You will be provided with access to online training and will be part of the Civica Academy where you can access career developing training

Main responsibilities: [will include but not be limited do]

Working with Product Managers and developers to help define and clarify requirements for new functionality Write and run test scripts for new functionality and change requests Maintain and run regression test scripts Raise defects and verify defect fixes Exploratory Testing Replicate defects raised by customers during alpha and beta testing Liaise with customers during beta test Alpha test bug fixes found in live software prior to issuing hotfixes Confidence testing of new builds / patches Planning work and providing estimates for test effort needed for changes and regression tests Help with running performance and load tests Producing internal builds and deploying to test environments Write and execute automated tests for new software providing interfaces to our main product Contribute to continuous improvements in software quality within Civica

Desired qualities:

Is excited by the thought of playing an important part in a complex and interesting organisation Wants to deliver exceptional customer service to internal and external customers Has a committed attitude to developing a career within the software industry Has a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office products Possesses excellent written and oral communication skills Has experience of working on their own initiative and within a team environment Has good analytical skills Is organised with an excellent attention to detail Is a proactive self-starter and a quick learner Has a positive ‘can do’ attitude

You will need to be a details person. You will be expected to be able to break down problems, systematically investigate issues and write clear replication steps and communicate those problems with other team members.

Depending on the cycle of development, the job may involve long periods of time re-running previously defined tests to ensure the product stability has not decreased.

Although the job will provide a variety of task related to software testing, the emphasis will be on the quality of the testing, testing in a systematic manner and the accurate logging of defects to communicate issues effectively.

Desired qualification requirements:

Have 6 x GCSE (or equivalent) at grades A-C including Maths and English.

Working week:

5 days per week,



37.5 hours per week, [all details will be confirmed with the employer]


£12,000 - £14,000 per annum


Civica Stars Reward and Recognition scheme, where you could earn vouchers in recognition of your work Quarterly team building events

Important Information:

QA’s apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education.

To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years.

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