Apprenticeship In Software Development and Cyber Security

Cardiff, Wales, CF14 3UZ

About the job

£18,057 - £20,701
The salary scale for this grade is £18,057 to £20,701. If successful, your salary will be negotiated with you following which further increases will depend upon the outcome of our annual pay negotiation.

Do you have an interest in technology and how it can be used to improve services and make them easier to use?

Are you enthusiastic about problem solving and coming up with new, creative ideas and solutions?

Do you have good communications skills and like to get to the root of a problem?

Do you want to help protect us against threats to our cyber security?

If so, the Digital Services Apprenticeships can offer you the first step towards a career in the IT profession.
Job description
The Digital Services Apprenticeship is a 2 year Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship studying for one of the following:

• Information Security
• Software Development

What qualification and training you’ll get

You’ll study for a Level 4 apprenticeship in one of the following:

• Higher Apprenticeship in Information Security
• Higher Apprenticeship in IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals

You’ll spend 80% of this time developing your skills at Companies House and 20% learning through a combination of:

• classroom training at Bridgend College
• online learning
• self-study
• completing assignments

To achieve your Level 4 apprenticeship certificate, you’ll need to successfully complete all your work, assignments, exams and produce a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates all the competencies included in the standard.

If you’re successful in your Level 4 qualification, you could move to a degree level apprenticeship in either cyber security or software development. You could also have an opportunity for a permanent position in our Software Development or Cyber and Information Security team.

You’ll also receive on the job training and support from the digital profession within Companies House.

What you’ll do as a Digital Services apprentice

You’ll work alongside IT professionals in teams across Companies House who are making our services and websites better. You’ll work in our different digital departments including:

• software development
• IT support
• testing
• analysis
• cyber and information security

You’ll also develop skills and knowledge in:

• coding
• testing
• website development
• cyber and Information Security
• business analysis
• Agile working
• communication skills
• organisational skills

This will help you decide on which role you will choose for your future career.

Entry requirements

If you already hold a qualification in an IT related subject at Level 4 or above, you are not eligible to apply. This is due to funding restrictions.

Other than that, there are no restrictions on who can apply for this fantastic opportunity. So if you’re looking to start your career or just want a change, come and talk to us!
We look after our people and this is reflected in the benefits we’re able to offer.

We recognise our people are integral towards our success and this is rewarded through a competitive salary, 30 days annual leave (based on full time hours) and a very generous pension scheme. Our office is in a central Cardiff location, with free onsite parking and a canteen with Starbucks Coffee.

We pride ourselves on offering a quality work life balance. Your wellbeing is very important to us.

We have several ongoing wellbeing programmes, which include:

• Encouraging staff to take 3 volunteer days each year 
• Mentoring and coaching programmes 
• Support groups such as our carers, ability, LGBT and women’s network
• An onsite counsellor and mental health advocates group 

We also have a range of social benefits. There’s access to a discounted onsite gymnasium, we have many sports teams that play regularly, a staff choir and pride ourselves in being a really friendly and supportive place to work.

Find out more about working for Companies House 
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Strengths, Ability and Experience.
Interviews to be held at Companies House, Cardiff. Dates to be confirmed.

You will be assessed on the following Civil Service Behaviours

Developing yourself and others
Proactively take every opportunity to learn and grow while helping others to do the same.

Working together
Form effective partnerships and relationships with people working at Companies House and those outside the organisation. Working with people from different backgrounds while sharing information, resources and providing support.

Changing and improving
Identify opportunities where you can make a positive change. Suggest creative and new ideas for improvement. Review your ways of working, which includes asking and providing feedback.

Communicating and influencing
Clearly communicate with enthusiasm, purpose and direction. Respect the needs, responses and opinions of others.

To apply, you’ll need to complete an online numeracy test and include a Personal Statement answering the following questions:

1. Think about an example of technology which improves an aspect of daily life (for example a new app, a device or a website). In no more than 500 words, tell us how you think technology improved the aspect of daily life and what you think the positive and negatives are of this example.

2. At Companies House we’re always keen to improve the way we do things. Tell us about a time when you’ve identified something that needs improvement and how you resolved it. (300 words)

3. You will need to communicate your ideas through a range of methods at Companies House. Please give us an example of how you have shared an idea with others. (300 words)

Once you’ve submitted your application form, the selection process will consist of the following stages :
Stage 1 - First stage sift on Question 1 and eligibility checks
Stage 2 - Second stage sift on Questions 2 and 3
Stage 3 - Interview/activity and vetting (Week commencing 4th November)

Candidates will be required to undertake an activity as part of the selection process.

Companies House uses a blended interview technique, allowing us to find out more about you. We use the Success Profile framework and may include Strength based questions in the interview.

Who are Companies House?
We incorporate and dissolve limited companies. We register company information and make it available to the public.

Find out more about who we are and what we do 

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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Further information
We welcome applications from Welsh speakers. Selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of appointment on the basis of merit by fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Civil Service Commission . Civil Service Commission, Room G/8, 1 Horse Guards Road SW1A 2HQ



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