DevOps Apprentice


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Who you’ll be working for:

Sopra Steria, a European Tech leader recognised for its consulting, digital services and software development, helps its clients drive their digital transformation to obtain tangible and sustainable benefits. 

We have recently been recognised as a top 20 Great Place to Work including a great place to work for Wellbeing and for Women, highlighting the focus Sopra Steria places on its employee’s development, wellbeing, and work-life balance and actively working to achieve equality in the workplace with a variety of activities.

Our apprenticeship programme is supported by the Aerospace, Defence and Security business, which develops and delivers digital solutions for UK public and private sector clients. Could you thrive in an environment creating new things at pace with lots of chances to fail with no consequence? Combining Software Development and IT Operations (Dev/Ops) has helped us, and our customer, build, deploy and improve applications and infrastructure products at a quicker pace than traditional methodologies.

What you'll be doing:

You will assist one of our National Security accounts in support of securing our client’s digital estate in Gloucestershire. We will provide you with the skills you need to build a foundation of knowledge, on which you can build and grow. Just a few things you could be helping us with include:

  • Script and code in one general purpose and one domain-specific language to orchestrate infrastructure, follow test driven development and ensure appropriate test coverage.
  • Work as part of an agile team, explore new ways of working and rapidly respond to changing user needs with a steadfast focus on the user experience. Understand the importance of continual improvement within a blameless culture.
  • Provision cloud infrastructure using APIs, continually improve infrastructure-as-code, considering use of industry leading technologies.
  • Apply leading security practices throughout the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC).
  • Keep up with pioneering technologies by continual training and development, self-learning, active membership of professional bodies and subscription to relevant publications.
  • Look to automate any manual tasks that are repeated, often using APIs.

Your development

The programme is focused on you! Our account is a collaborative, friendly, and an encouraging environment, with colleagues who possess a diverse range of academic and vocational expertise can provide you with real world advice. In addition, there is an opportunity for continued learning by accessing our learning hub, local networking events and attending security related courses. On completion of your apprenticeship, you will also have access to our IGNITE talent development and mentoring programme. In short, you will have everything you need to succeed.

What we need from you:

We can help you to become a better professional – but Sopra Steria is a values organisation, as such we need your values to align with ours; Community, Empathy, Excellence and Respect. Beyond this, we're looking for people who:

  • Are not afraid to fail on the patch of exploring new approaches and ways of working
  • Take pride in their work, with a commitment to see a job through until the end
  • Is naturally critical of their own work, always aspiring to improve
  • Has good logical and reasoning skills.
  • Thrive in a team

Entry requirements:

  • Level 3 Software apprenticeship
  • OR A-Level in a STEM subject (in Technology and Maths fields only) and successful completion of our Aptitude Test
  • OR BTEC Diploma in IT and successful completion of our Aptitude Test
  • OR two years' experience in a relevant role and successful completion of our Aptitude Test

Clearance requirements:

Must be willing to undergo government security clearance.

Nationality requirements:

  • Must be a UK National or have a naturalisation certificate
  • Must have lived in the UK for 4 out of the last 5 year

Security Clearance Level: the successful apprentice will be working on Sopra Steria's National security accounts therefore must be DV (Developed Vetting) eligible

Salary: £22,000 - £24,000


A fully funded Level 4 Apprenticeship in DevOps. 25 days annual leave with the choice to buy additional days, life assurance, pension, and generous flexible benefits fund. 3 paid volunteering days per year, and wider career opportunities available on completion of apprenticeship.

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.