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Level 4 Software Tester Apprenticeship (4312)

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 Tester apprentice to join our friendly team based in Sheffield.

As a software tester apprentice at Irwin Mitchell, your role will encompass the planning, designing, and execution of comprehensive testing to ensure the quality and reliability of our software products.

Your primary responsibility will be to meticulously plan, design, and execute tests in close collaboration with our product teams. This will involve gaining a deep understanding of project requirements and objectives.

Depending on project requirements, you will also get involved in the development and maintenance of automated test scripts.


What you’ll be doing

Test Planning

  • Responsible for collaborating with project stakeholders to understand project requirements and objectives, translating them into comprehensive test plans and strategies.
  • Work closely with engineers, business analysts, and other stakeholders to gather necessary information for test planning, such as requirements, user stories, and acceptance criteria.
  • Provide regular updates and reports on test planning progress and status to project stakeholders, ensuring effective communication and transparency.
  • Test design and Execution
  • Develop and document comprehensive test designs, including test cases, test scenarios, and test scripts, based on functional and non-functional requirements with Azure Dev Ops Test Plans.
  • Execute test cases and test scripts to validate software functionality, performance, load, and accessibility, ensuring adherence to test design and established quality standards.
  • Record and analyse test results, identifying and documenting any defects or issues discovered during testing.
  • Track and manage defects throughout the testing process, ensuring accurate and timely documentation of all identified issues with Azure Dev Ops
  • Test Reporting and Documentation
  • Using Azure Dev Ops test plans, prepare and deliver comprehensive test reports, summarising test progress, results, and any identified risks to the product or project teams.

Test Automation

  • Assist in maintaining automated test scripts using industry-leading automation tools and frameworks.
  • Client and Colleague Focus
  • Able to participate in project meetings, providing updates on the testing progress and potential risks or issues.
  • Support business users perform UAT testing, providing guidance and supporting them to create efficient business test scenarios and performing test execution


Our Apprenticeship

Who is it for?

This apprenticeship is perfect for someone who is looking to begin a career within the software testing arena.  This apprenticeship is a great alternative to university as it provides you with the chance to earn whilst you learn.

What we’re looking for

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Basic knowledge of testing tools and methodologies is a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment. Eagerness to learn and a proactive attitude towards professional development.
  • Apply a practical and systematic approach to testing.
  • Have excellent attention to detail, prioritisation and organisation skills.
  • Passionate about technology
  • Eagerness to learn new technologies and processes
  • Ability to build good working relationships
  • Some prior knowledge of software testing and Quality Assurance would be desirable, but this is not essential.

What will I study?

Given the nature of the role, you will be working with Estio 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 Tester Apprenticeship qualification and apprenticeship badge of honour which is recognised by the British Computer Society . You can find more details on this programme by clicking on this link Software Tester Apprenticeship | Estio.

What are the entry requirements?

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grade A* to C or 9 to 4 (or equivalent), including Maths and English. You’ll also need at least 3 A Levels (or equivalent) at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies) in order to meet the minimum academic requirements needed to complete this apprenticeship.

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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