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Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship (4329)

We're a full-service law firm, which means whatever advice is needed we can help. Giving the best possible advice is about more than knowledge and expertise. We seek to understand the people and business we work with as deeply as possible and take time to listen to what matters most to them.

Whichever team you join, working here you’ll feel a part of our friendly and inclusive environment. We’ll value you for who you are and what you bring. We support each other and push boundaries to achieve incredible things and make a real difference to our clients and communities.

Your Role

We are looking to recruit a Software Developer apprentice to join our friendly team based in Sheffield.  The team deals with a wide range of work and are currently working on creating a new case management system for the firm.

As a software developer, you would be responsible for creating and customising Dynamics 365 (D365) solutions for Irwin Mitchell. Your main tasks would include designing, developing, testing, and implementing D365.  You'll work closely with a product team to understand the business needs and convert them into technical plans. Writing code, configuring, and developing custom workflows, integrating D365 with other systems, and managing releases will also be part of your responsibilities. Additionally, you'll provide ongoing support and maintenance for the developed solutions.

What you’ll be doing

You will be involved in some of the following activities:-

Software Engineering

  • Responsible for configuration and customisation of D365 to meet the specific needs of Irwin Mitchell. This would involve configuring entities, adding fields and creating/modifying forms, workflows, and business rules.
  • Responsible for the development of software enhancements, extensions, defect corrections, and integration of features in D365 CE.
  • Automating the build process using Azure DevOps Pipelines
  • Automating the deployment process for D365 solutions, using Azure DevOps Pipelines
  • Managing source control for D365 solutions, using Azure Dev Ops Repos
  • Monitoring the CI/CD pipeline for issues and troubleshooting any problems that arise.

Software process efficiency 

  • You can support specific activities to improve development processes. You can spot or identify obvious deficiencies
  • Identify process optimisation opportunities with guidance and contribute to the implementation of proposed solutions

Service support.

  • Responsible for providing ongoing maintenance and support for the solutions you develop which could involve troubleshooting issues, resolving bugs, and providing technical support
  • You can help identify, locate, and fix faults and defects
Our Apprenticeship

Who is it for?

This apprenticeship is perfect for someone who is looking to begin a career within the software development arena.  This apprenticeship is a great alternative to university as it provides you with the chance to earn whilst you learn. It could also suit somebody who is looking to make a career change into IT from another profession e.g., project management.  Some of software engineers have even been lawyers in the past.

What will I study?

Given the nature of the role, you will be working with QA who are our training provider and they will provide full study support for this apprenticeship.  This is an apprenticeship opportunity and following completion; you will also obtain the Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship badge of honour which is recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS). You can find more details on this programme by clicking on this link Software Engineer Level 4 Apprenticeship | QA Apprenticeships.

What are the entry requirements?

  • The learner must have completed a Level 3 Software Development Apprenticeship with QA or have an equivalent qualification with another training provider
  • OR an A-level in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) subject and a successful completion of our aptitude test
  • OR a BTEC Diploma in IT and a successful completion of our aptitude test
  • OR 2 years’ experience in a relevant role and successful completion of our aptitude test

You may also have a combination of qualifications and experience which demonstrate the minimum foundation needed for the programme. In this instance you could still be considered for the programme.

If you hold international equivalents of the above qualifications, at the time of your application you must be able to provide an official document that states how your international qualifications compare to the UK qualifications. 

If you have a law degree, you are unable to apply for this apprenticeship however you could apply for a Training Contract with us. Visit our Early Careers Recruitment website for more information. 


What We Can Offer You

Our apprentices receive a full benefits package including:

  • 25 days holiday with the opportunity to buy additional leave
  • Two volunteering days a year to give back to the community (fully paid!)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering discounted leisure and travel and refunds on medical services
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • We pay our apprentices a starting salary of £19,838 and £21,749 in London
  • Access to a variety of training and development resources

We also offer a huge number of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace as well as flexible working options to ensure that you are fully supported to work the way that best suits you. We’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace where our colleagues can flourish. We have a range of groups to celebrate our people across sexuality, disability, age, gender and culture. 

Additional Information

As part of the Irwin Mitchell Group’s on-boarding process all successful applicants are required to complete the group’s employment screening process. This process helps to ensure that all new employees meet our standards in relation to honesty and integrity therefore protecting the interests of the Group, existing employees, clients, partners and other stakeholders.

The background checks made will establish your eligibility to work in the UK, and criminal record check and financial checks ­with a credit reference agency will also be undertaken.

The employment screening process will fully comply with Data Protection and other applicable laws.

Irwin Mitchell LLP is an equal opportunity employer.


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Riverside East, 2 Millsands, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, S3 8DT

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