Trainee Web Developers
Bolster your development team by taking on one of our trainee developers.
How Does it Work?
The vast majority of what we do is learner led and challenge based. We have a baseline curriculum on Trello but every apprentice receives 121 coaching in the creation and fulfilment of their own, specific, Independent Learning Plan. We use a mixture of classroom based workshops, remote video sessions, eLearning and project work as well as field trips to camps, conferences and events for the prefect all round learning experience.
Rigorous selection process & training
Over 150 applicants are narrowed down to the top 12 candidates, based on aptitude for self learning and enthusiasm for development. The 12 candidates attend a code 'boot-camp' to learn essential and foundational skills.
An opportunity for potential employers and members of their dev teams to have 5 minute chemistry meetings with all 12 web developer apprentices.
Formal interviews and placement
Short listed candidates follow standard interview procedure with potential employers. Candidates are then matched with employers using the Gale-Shapley stable marriage algorithm and begin 12 month placement.
- 2 days of group training a month
- Continued support throughout placement for employers and apprentices
- Supported independent learning from expert web developers in the technologies, frameworks and skills that matter
Immediate, Billable Skills
Right away we are looking to equip the apprentice with as many useful, billable skills as possible. At the end of stage an apprentice should have started working on some billable tasks in the workplace.
- Semantic Markup
Next we focus on developing a fundamental understanding of the tools we use. At this end of stage an apprentice should be bringing in far more revenue than they cost.
- Package Managers
- Task Runners
- Naming Conventions
Discovery and Planning
By this time a good amount of the apprentice's time should be on billable work, we'll support this by increasing their skills and knowledge across all areas of the project life cycle.
- Scrum & Kanban
- UCD OOUX
The end of this quarter will be one year into the apprenticeship - They should be working independently most of the time now. We'll support this by adding additional billable skills.
How much does it cost?
Training is 95% funded by the government so cost to business is just £47.50 a month for 18 months.
The employer pays the apprentice wages - a typical starting salary is £9-£18k pa (£5-£10 ph) dependant on experience and location.
From past employers
The scheme is one of the very best. The assessment process, pre-start boot-camp and knowledgeable trainers mean we get engaged, motivated apprentices contributing to our business from day one.
Happy made the process of taking on an Apprentice a joy. We were very impressed by the pre-apprentice training they provided and the calibre of the candidates themselves. We would not hesitate to recommend them.
An antidote to resource scarcity in our industry, the Drupal Apprenticeship scheme creates the right environment for those just embarking upon a career in development to realise their true potential.
Taking on an apprentice has been fantastic experience. We have an excellent new team member, and have been really well supported all the way.