• Apprentice Software Engineer

    Job Locations United Kingdom
    Information Technology
  • Introduction

    The Economist Group logo


    Would you like to develop your technical skills and earn while you learn?


    Are you analytical and have great problem solving skills? Personable, inquisitive and ambitious?


    Then the Economist group would be the perfect company for you to join and kick-start your career with! We are looking for an Apprentice Software Engineer to join our Birmingham team, working within either our DevOps team or our Quality Assurance team.


    The Economist Group is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to conferences and electronic services. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight, and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.

    Our digital solutions team provides services to The Economist Group businesses and is also responsible for the flagship products including Economist.com and The Economist digital apps.


    We are looking for a bright and enthusiastic individual with an interest in software to join our quality assurance team. You should be motivated, organised and possess an inquisitive streak to drive the quality of products at the Economist.

    In return you’ll get the opportunity to work on some exciting projects, will work with cutting edge technology in our Birmingham office and will be able to continue to study obtaining a Computer Science degree from Aston University.



    How you will contribute:




    • Testing of Web, Mobile and Desktop applications
    • Test documentation creation and maintenance (test plans, test cases and checklists)
    • Creating reports on test results and software product quality
    • Helping define and rollout improvements to testing and quality processes across both a tech team and wider company




    • Assist our other engineering teams
      • Roll up your sleeves and contribute to software projects (cut code)
      • Helping get their code tested and deployed
      • Work closely with our product teams to reduce the friction of deployments to production
    • Cloud infrastructure (Amazon Web Services)
      • Setup
      • Monitoring
      • Innovation and experimentation
      • Security


    Experience, skills and professional attributes

    The ideal skills for this role are:

    • Keen interest in technology and computing
    • Energetic and motivated starter, with an enthusiastic ‘can do’ attitude
    • Logical thinking
    • Strong Maths skills
    • Investigative
    • Superb attention to detail
    • Strong verbal and written communicator
    •  A passion for learning and experimentation
    • Having experimented with writing software, a Github profile with your experiments and contributions will put you to the top of the list

    at we can offer you:

    • Real life work experience within the technology industry
    • On and off the job training to enable you to achieve a professional qualification
    • Earn while you learn


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