Skills Development Scotland
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Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is the national skills body supporting the people and businesses of Scotland in building highly productive workplaces through the development of skills across the range of industry sectors. SDS plays a key role in driving forward Scotland’s economic future through their delivery of the Scottish Government’s economic and skills strategy.
SDS helps the skills and learning system to better respond to the needs of the economy and help individuals benefit from a variety of learning and skills development opportunities.
About our Graduate Apprenticeship Programme
Our Graduate Apprenticeships are great for young people who want to learn while earning at the same time. Not only will you enjoy the benefits of a 4-year fixed term contract, you can look forward to the structured training, hands-on learning, and the support and encouragement you need to get your career off to a strong start. From your first day you will be an integral part of the team you join, solving problems, taking responsibility and making decisions.
During your apprenticeship you will study to achieve your BSc Hons Software Development. What’s more, your learning will be complemented by on the job training on real work and projects, to allow you to develop your career from day one.
About the role
The Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Development will work within the Digital Development team contributing to the various in-house products and services to meet the needs of the customer. Reporting into the Data and Technology Manager this role will form part of the in-house development team, working within an agile approach to service delivery. You’ll undertake various developmental activities and support members of the development team in the continuous improvement of the in-house digital products and services.
The successful candidate will gain experience working on the highly acclaimed websites; My World of Work and Apprenticeships.scot. The Graduate Apprentice will also gain a wider understanding of the business and digital development by working closely with the insight team, content producers, data specialists and designers to produce digital solutions.
What you’ll learn
If successful you will be enrolled at Edinburgh Napier University, working towards your BSc (Hons) Software Development.
The Apprenticeship is delivered over a full Academic year on a day release basis. In years 1 and 2 you will attend classes one day per week and in years 3 and 4 you will attend classes one day per month.
Key Areas of Responsibility
In your first year you’ll build your knowledge and understanding of SDS and the various roles within the Digital Services Directorate.
The work you do will be aligned to the modules you will be studying at University, which will include:
Information Systems in Organisations
Software Development 1
Mathematics for Software Engineering
Introduction to Human Computer Interaction
Professional Practice 1: Work Based Project
Coupled with this you will have key responsibilities on the job. Please refer to the attached Job Description for full details. Future years accountabilities will be agreed annually and will be aligned to university course work.
You’ll have a head start in this vacancy if you’ve completed a Foundation Apprenticeship in a related field. We’ll need you to provide evidence of your qualification and show you gained the relevant skills from your placement
To enter this programme at the start of Year1 you must have either:
A minimum of four SQA Highers at Grade BBBB (or equivalent) including Computing and Maths
A Foundation Apprenticeship in IT: Software Development at SCQF Level 6 plus Highers BB in any other subject
A Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6-7 in an ICT/Digital related discipline
Entry is to Year 2 may be possible if you have either:
A Modern Apprenticeship in an ICT/Digital related discipline at SCQF Level 8
An HND at Grade B in a Computing related discipline
Advanced Highers at Grade BB including Computing
In addition, you will have the following skills and attributes:
Interest in computing
Basic understanding of website structures and development
A commitment to study and obtaining degree qualification
Good time management skills
Good problem-solving skills
Good attention to detail
A self-motivator with a ‘can do’ attitude
Be able to absorb new technical information as required
Be able to plan and prioritise tasks
Willingness to learn and develop and contribute to team workload
We need individuals who understand the importance of our organisation and who are ready to commit to helping us develop our products and services, as well as committing to a 4-year degree programme.
Recognition of prior learning (Edinburgh Napier University criteria)
If you do not hold any of the above qualifications or awards but have relevant work experience, you may be able to enter this programme at first year. Your application will be considered on an individual basis, taking into consideration your previous study and experience. You will be asked to reflect on your previous experience and demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding equivalent to that achieved on successful completion of the above entry requirements. We will provide you with support in your reflective process through interviews and guidance on presenting your evidence.
English language requirements (Edinburgh Napier University criteria)
As all learning, teaching and assessment activities are conducted in English, if your first language is not English you must have a minimum International English Language Testing System score of 6.0 with all four elements having a score of at least 5.5.
What SDS can offer
You’ll benefit from a competitive starting salary, generous benefits package and all the support you need to succeed. We’ll even provide the course resources and materials required, so there’s no need to worry about textbooks and you can use the laptop you are given when you join SDS to use at university.
To support you, you’ll have a designated manager who will look after you on a day-to-day basis and be on hand to support you with your career and professional development at SDS. You’ll also be assigned a mentor to help you with anything else you may need.
We’re a Disability Confident Employer
At SDS we are committed to ensuring that candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process. Should you meet the minimum essential criteria and be invited to the next stage we may be able to make reasonable adjustments to the Interview selection process. Please use the Personal Statement section on the application form to highlight your needs or call us on 0300 013 5119 for an informal chat. This information will only be used by HR to support you through the process and will not influence shortlisting.
The Application Process
In addition to your academic qualification we are looking for talented individuals who will help us achieve our vision for Scotland and for the future of our organisation. The behaviours we display and the decisions we make are guided by Our Values:
We put the needs of our customers at the heart of all we do
We make use of our combined strengths and expertise to deliver the best outcomes
We demonstrate self-motivation, personal responsibility and respect.
We continually improve to achieve excellence
We have aligned our recruitment processes to our organisational values. The behaviours we will assess at interview will allow you to demonstrate how you share our values:
Customer Focus, Equality & Diversity, Teamwork, Collaboration, Social Responsibility, Trust, Accountability, Integrity, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Adaptability
It is important to us that candidates can demonstrate a selection of these qualities, both in the application form, and at interview. This will be used as an indicator of your suitability for the role.
If you are invited to interview, we will give you all the information you need to help you prepare. Our normal process would involve a face to face interview and group exercise, however the current situation with regards COVID-19 means that this may not be possible if social distancing measures remain in place. In this event we will utilise online recruitment tools such as aptitude testing and video interviews. Again, we will support you to ensure you have everything you need to take part in the process.
More information on all of this will be made available if you are successful after the initial application stage.
To Apply for the SDS GA opportunity
It is important for us to learn more about you so please answer each question as fully as possible. In addition, the ‘Personal Statement’ section is your opportunity demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria for the job as detailed in the job description and tell us your motivations for applying for this Graduate Apprenticeship vacancy. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made for you to attend interview, then please provide details in this section also.
Finally, in order to support the government’s initiative on youth employment, candidates must be aged 24 or younger on 6th September 2020. However, SDS will be flexible on age criteria for applicants who identify as care experienced or disabled; in which case candidates must be 29 or younger on 6th September 2020.
Closing date for applications is Sunday 31st May 2020.
We anticipate the interview selection process will start week commencing Monday 15th June.
Anticipated SDS start date is Monday 17th August 2020.
University courses will start week commencing Monday 7th September 2020.