Salaries for software developer apprentices will vary, depending on the employer and the age of apprentice. But it will be above the applicable minimum wage (see Apprentice Minimum Wage).
Qualified apprentices usually become junior software developers. At this stage, you can typically expect to get a salary between £19,000-£25,000.
After 2-5 years gaining good experience, you’ll be able to go for a mid-level software developer position. Expect to earn up to £35,000.
Work your way up to lead software developer, and a salary of £35,000-£50,000 is possible.
Want to take your love of gaming and turn it into a career? Game Developers design, program, and test games – combining an interest in games with skills in maths, computers and creative arts.
Game developers can choose from a broad range of areas to specialise in, from programming console, computer, and mobile video games. You could work for a large gaming company, freelance or smaller game development studios. Whichever area you choose to work in, you’ll have to show commitment, determination and progress – it can be competitive and demanding work, successful game developers are those who spend a lot of their free time developing.
What can you earn as a Games Developer? Typical starting salaries are around £19,000 to £25,000. Once you have a few years' experience, you may earn a salary of £35,000 to £50,000. In a senior position, such as team leader or technical director, your salary can range from £55,000 to in excess of £75,000.
Web Developers are the men and women behind the internet curtain. They are responsible for designing, coding and modifying websites as well as creating reliable web applications and services. They can deal mainly with back end functionality, front end interface and visual design – or a mix of the two known as “full-stack development”.
High-performance and user-friendly design are at the heart of being a good web developer as well as a strong understanding of different coding languages and web functions. As a Web Developer you could work for an agency or freelance on a variety of different client projects.
What can you earn as a Web Developer? Salaries for junior or entry-level web developers can range from £19,000 to £25,000. Mid-level and senior web developers usually earn between £25,000 and £35,000. Lead developers typically earn between £35,000 and £60,000, potentially rising to £75,000 in London.
Applications Developers write apps for particular operating systems, such as Windows or Android, or different platforms, including computers and mobile devices. As an Applications Developer, your job will be to understand software requirements of a client or company and create programming code to develop applications for specific business needs.
There is a huge variety in the types of applications you could work on from unique mobile applications that are built for a specific purpose for a large company or web applications development such as online forms, shopping carts, word processors, spreadsheets, video and photo editing.
What can you earn as an Applications Developer? Graduate salaries for applications developers start at around £20,000. Once established, you can expect to earn £34,000 to £40,000. As a senior applications developer, your salary will be in the region of £45,000 to £70,000.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include:
The duration of this software developer apprenticeship is typically 12 months, with a 3-month window for the end point assessment.
In the first twelve months of the programme, apprentices will develop their web development skills in the workplace and build a portfolio of evidence demonstrating their capabilities. Support will also be available from an assessor, who will visit apprentices at work every 10 weeks, and check progress every 5 weeks electronically.
Apprentices will receive week-long blocks of full-time training for 8 weeks across the year. This will take place at the escalla Academy in Crewe. Training topics include:
After completing 12-months of training and development, apprentices will submit their portfolio of work experience – along with a reference from their employer. This begins the end point assessment (EPA) stage. The EPA consists of a synoptic project and an assessor interview, which will determine the overall grade of the qualification (Pass | Merit | Distinction).
For employers: £18,000 with full and partial government funding available. Levy payments accepted.
For apprentices: Funding is provided by the government and employer, apprentices do not pay to do an apprenticeship.