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Digital and Technology Solutions Apprentice

Digital Services

Location:  Stoke campus
Salary:   £20,675 to £23,754 per annum
Tenure:  Full time 42 Months Fixed Term Contract - Degree Apprenticeship
Release Date:  Thursday 22 July 2021
Closing Date:   Sunday 15 August 2021
Reference:  DS20-08

Thank you for taking an interest in Staffordshire University! We are continuing our ambitious and unique transformation in the Higher Education Sector to become the UK’s leading Digital University. 

We’ve already taken huge steps in this direction with our approach to Digital Transformation and by utilising cutting edge Cloud based technologies, we’ve developed an innovative new Student Digital Coach (called Beacon) using the building blocks of Artificial Intelligence and we’re also looking at how we can bring huge efficiencies to the University with a modernisation programme within our internal and student facing processes. We should also mention the new £40m Catalyst Building Programme which will seek to set our digital ambitions front and centre with a new campus centre opening in 2021. All this work is already helping to transform the teaching and learning environment here, building a truly creative and exciting place not just to study, but to work too. It’s a journey built on perpetual development and positive change so there’s plenty to do.

As part of this story, we need to build new skills to support our future development and Staffordshire University are committed to doing this through some new Degree Apprenticeship opportunities. Our award-winning Digital Services directorate now has a limited number of Digital Solutions Apprenticeship roles and we need to fill these urgently. If you’re ready to make a difference in Higher Education, be ambitious, brilliant and innovative, we think a Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship with Staffordshire University is the way forward, best of all you get to earn while you learn…

As a Digital Solutions Apprentice you will not only work full-time in the Digital and Technical Services directorate, but you will be enrolled onto our fully accredited BSc (Hons) in Digital & Technology Solutions that we will pay all of the fees for, currently worth at least £27,750 over three years! We’ll also pay you a starting salary of £20,675 per year along with all of the usual employee benefits. You’ll get released from your daytime role to attend block teaching weeks while you’ll also attend online lectures for a few hours a week too (arranged approximately as 80% work, 20% training). Please take the time to look carefully at the details of the Degree Programme BY CLICKING HEREyou will need to specialise specifically down one of the following four learning paths in this curriculum in order that you can deliver on your job role within Digital Services:
 Path 1 – Software Engineer
 Path 2 – Cyber Security Analyst
 Path 3 – Network Engineer

You will need to be clear which path you are applying for at outset and why – please note that you will not be able to transfer to any other path later as this will be the basis you are employed upon.

We think this is quite an opportunity, but only for the right people – we won’t pretend that taking on degree level learning whilst employed is easy, so you’ll need a strong work ethic, real commitment to get to the end of the 42-month programme and a desire to make a difference. Are you ready to be a top performer? For those that are up to the challenge you’ll be rewarded with a supportive environment, an opportunity to learn skills which are in high demand and the chance to make a difference in our leading Digital University.

In terms of application criteria, we’d ideally like to see some good relevant A Level passes because you must be capable of meeting the degree standard, but equally we’d also like to hear from people who may have equivalent working experience or qualifications.

To apply,please upload your CV together with a covering letter setting out why we should consider you as one of our new Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprentices, taking into account the demands of the programme and the requirements of the role – how do you meet our criteria and what is it that sets you apart? You must state which one of the five available technical paths listed above you wish to work within. Our only other pre-requisite is that you must be ready and available to start work and undertake the degree programme from late September 2021 so time is short - apply now for immediate consideration.

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Staffordshire University is committed to promoting and enabling a positive culture where staff, students and visitors are confident to be their authentic selves. We focus on inclusion as a way to ensure equality of opportunity for all our people and to demonstrate our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Human Rights.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, regardless of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits a diverse organisation can bring for the University. 

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, who are currently under-represented in the University workforce.



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