John Lewis IT Degree Apprenticeship

Level 6 – IT Degree Apprenticeship

Applications are now closed for our September 2016 intake.

Are you a high achieving A’ Level (or equivalent) student, keen to follow a career in IT and predicted to achieve a minimum of 320 UCAS points in your A’ Levels (eg. A,B,B or equivalent not including General Studies)?  If so, this exciting opportunity to join the John Lewis IT Degree Apprenticeship programme could be perfect for you.

John Lewis is working with Queen Mary University London to deliver a IT Degree Apprenticeship.  This four year programme launches in September 2016 and offers talented young IT enthusiasts a permanent role on a structured programme combining ‘on the job’ work experience with studying for a full honours degree at a top London university.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a young person to embark on a career within one of UK’s leading brands.  As well as covering all university fees, we are offering this Apprenticeship with a very competitive salary, benefits package and a great opportunity for a hard working, self motivated and focused individual to earn while they learn.  At the end of the programme successful Apprentices will continue to progress their career within the John Lewis IT team and graduate with a full BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions degree from one of the country’s top Russell Group universities.

The salary for the scheme is £16,000 per annum.

Before applying for this scheme, please check this link to ensure that you are eligible based on your qualifications.

If you would like to find out more about the programme before deciding whether to apply, take a look at the Realistic Job Preview below.

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How does it work?

During the scheme, Apprentices will spend at least two days a week (term time only) at the Queen Mary University campus in Mile End, London.  During this time they will attend lectures, meet with university tutors, review projects and work on assignments.  They will also experience student life to the full.  The remaining three days of the week will be spent working in one of the busy IT teams within the John Lewis head office in Victoria, central London.

Whilst in the workplace, Apprentices will be working alongside other members of the IT team building their practical experience and developing skills as they go.  Each term they will be allocated work based projects by their line manager which will be designed to help them apply the theory they have been learning about in lectures, to a ‘real life’ environment.  They will be supported by a mentor throughout their programme.

At the end of each year, just like other university students, Apprentices will be expected to take end of year examinations.  They will need to pass each of these in order to continue with their Apprenticeship. Apprentices will be given time to study for exams and will receive support and guidance from both line managers and university tutors to help them succeed.

Apprentices will be working in one of the following four areas:

IT Application Operations

In a world of fast paced and ever changing technology, running one of the UK’s leading retail organisation requires hundreds of sophisticated applications running on thousands of servers. If any of these go wrong, products are not delivered to our warehouses, shops or customers and customers cannot buy products from our stores and website. In Application Operations our Apprentices will work with highly skilled engineers using industry leading IT tools to ensure things don’t go wrong.  On the rare occasion that they do, Apprentices will help develop backup plans  which enable us to continue to deliver the high standard of service expected by our customers and the wider business.

IT Infrastructure Operations

The IT applications used by the UK’s largest department store run on thousands of servers and are dependant on extremely sophisticated databases, networks and middleware. The infrastructure must be extremely robust – a business critical system must not fail just because a server or number of servers goes down. The infrastructure must be constantly tuned to be as efficient as possible to reduce the need for continuous investment in  expensive hardware as the business grows. In Infrastructure Operations you will work with highly skilled engineers using industry leading IT tools to ensure that the IT infrastructure is as resilient and efficient as possible.

Technical Design and Development Practice

To maintain its competitiveness, John Lewis continually invests in the best IT systems to meet the ever increasing demands of today’s retail customers. Creating award winning websites and apps is a given but is no longer enough.  We also need IT systems to ensure goods arrive with our customers and shops quickly, reliably and efficiently, ensure we provide the products and services that are “never knowingly undersold” and ensure that we manage our relationships with our customers. These systems need to talk to each other thousands of time per second in real time, for example our website needs to know what is in stock and warehouses need to know what has been ordered.  In Design and Development you will work with highly skilled engineers who use the best tools and techniques to build world class software and infrastructure solutions, including our £1.5bn website.

Testing and Environments Practice

IT is at the heart of everything we do at John Lewis. If any of the hundreds of IT systems used are unstable or simply don’t do what they are supposed to do, then we let our customers down. To ensure this doesn’t happen, the dedicated John Lewis Testing Practice uses the latest engineering techniques to ensure that all of the applications used across the  business and by our customers meet our high quality standards.  Working within the Testing Practice Apprentices  will be working alongside highly skilled test analysts using industry leading tools and techniques such as test automation to prove that software and IT infrastructure used at John Lewis meets the quality expectations of our customers and business.

Please search for opportunities and apply here

Applications will be reviewed by John Lewis.  Any offers made will be subject to the required UCAS points entry criteria being met and proof of qualifications will be required.

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