Software Engineering Apprentice, Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom

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Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom

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United Kingdom


GBRMAN111: Exchange Quay Manchester, 5 Exchange Quay, Salford, M5 3EF

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As a Software Apprentice with Raytheon UK you will achieve a Level 6, BSc (Hons) in Digital & Technology Solutions (an industry standard degree equivalent to a Computer science degree) alongside gaining 3.5 years of industry experience with a industry leading business.

You will have the opportunity to experience various projects giving you a breadth and depth of skills in a range of programming languages, methodologies and tools complimenting skills acquired through your studies. Your development will be regularly reviewed and supported by both Raytheon and an appointed mentor at Staffordshire University, to allow you to be supported and continuously learn.

Every 12 weeks you will spend 4 days onsite at Staffordshire University (costs are covered by Raytheon UK), with the remaining 11 weeks spent onsite at our Manchester or Gloucester office. Your time will be split between real projects, and you will have at least one day a week to focus on learning through multiple sources;

Apprentice Project – training exercise
One-on-one mentorship from Senior Software Engineers
A variety of online courses and internal training/knowledge shares
Individual research and learning into new technologies
Dedicated time to focus on university work (minimum of 950 hours of off the job training as part of the 3.5 years degree)


During your apprenticeship you will works across numerous areas of Software Development with the focus being on continuing your learning so you can confidently perform the duties of a Software Engineer.

With your time split between dedicated learning time and on the job learning that will consist of:

Participating in daily meetings and stand ups with engineering teams
Software Development – working on a range of tickets likely alongside other engineers or independently as your confidence grows
Software Testing and understanding the full Software development lifecycle
Supporting work estimation activities

We use a broad range of Software languages however some things that you can expect to cover and learn include:

JavaScript/Typescript – MERN stack, including frameworks such as Angular, React
Cloud based technologies such as AWS, Azure 
Python including FastAPI and Swagger
Architectural design principles
Relational and non-relational Databases
Infrastructure programming such as Terraform, Ansible & Chef

Essential skills:

GCSEs in Maths and English at grade 4/C or above
A-Levels or equivalent (BTEC) at C or above
You must be eligible and willing to go through SC clearance with the aim of progressing to DV
One or more of the skills mentioned in the below sections

Desirable skills:

We have plenty of engineers that took a non-traditional routes to software engineering. So, you maybe somebody with an analytical and logical mind-set (e.g. experience of languages / music) and have the below interests without formal IT education – we would still love to hear from to you! We are looking for a diverse apprenticeship team who all have an interest in technology, with some software experience such as:

Creating and maintaining a website
Developing a game
Personal software projects
Contribution to open-source projects
Online courses
Tech blogs
Github or StackOverflow profiles

Desirable Personal Qualities:

Analytical and inquisitive mind-set
A curiosity around all things tech
Appetite for self-learning
The ability to work within a team setting and independently as required
Strong communication and interpersonal skills – a lot of software engineering includes teamwork and discussing complex concepts clearly

Our Apprenticeships:

We are excited to be able to continue offering early careers opportunities for our next generation of Software Engineers, choosing to partner with Staffordshire University to ensure our apprentices get both an excellent working and student experience. Staffs Uni has been voted Top 5 UK University and Top 10 for Job Prospects (StudentCrowd University Awards 2022).

Nadia was one of our successful apprentice engineers and has the below to say about the opportunity; “After transitioning careers, Raytheon UK have given me a great start to life as a Software Developer. I’ve had the opportunity to study at university as well as gain industry experience on customer projects. I feel supported and proud to work for a company who shares my values.” (To hear more from our employees and to find out more about our ethos as a company go to: Why work here | Raytheon UK )

Over the course of the apprenticeship, you will work closely with Senior Engineers, seeing your level of work and responsibilities grow as you continue to learn supported by both the Raytheon team and Staffordshire University.

Once you have completed your Level 6 apprenticeship, we offer great opportunities to continue your Software Engineer career with Raytheon. You will continue to have the opportunity to expand your learning and work with new technologies whilst taking on more Senior Software Engineering positions – maybe even helping mentor our Apprentices of the future!

Additional things to consider:

All successful applicants must be eligible & willing to obtain a SC clearance with the view to progressing to DV level, sponsored by Raytheon UK. To learn more about this criteria go to: United Kingdom Security Vetting: Applicant – GOV.UK (

We run our apprenticeships from either our Manchester or Gloucester offices, you must be able to commute to one of these offices weekly, with potential infrequent travel to other offices. We accept candidates looking to relocate however cannot offer relocation payments for this scheme. Successful candidates will spend 5 days on campus at Staffordshire University at the start of each semester (travel costs covered by Raytheon UK for University visits). 

Benefits include:

Competitive Salary with 6 monthly pay reviews
Annual bonuses
25 days holiday per annum, increasing with service
Up to 10.5% pension contribution
1.30pm Friday finishes!

Applications will be closing 17th March. Interviews intend to run over the end of March and through April 2023.

Top Tip: In your application we love to see an explanation of your software experience, for example if you have done a relevant course or a personal project, rather than just listing this please detail what this entailed both in aims and tech coverage.

About us…

Raytheon UK’s National Security Cyber (NSC) division has extensive experience across designing solutions, developing software, testing services and in service system support to help customers across national security and defence achieve their goals – National Security Cyber | Raytheon UK

In a wider view, overall Raytheon UK employs approx. 1700 people across the country. As a prime contractor and major supplier to the U.K. Ministry of Defence, Raytheon UK continues to invest in research and development, supporting innovation and technological advances across the country.

Raytheon Technologies is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

RTX Raytheon / Equal Opportunity Employer

JBRTX-01601195  2023.03.10

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