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2018 Apprentice - Test Engineer

Job ID: R9998955

Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship – Test Apprentice


Are you looking for an employer who will sponsor you through a degree, whilst providing valuable and exciting on-the-job experience within a global, innovative and industry leading organisation?


Location: Cambridge

Assessment centre dates: February & March
Closing date: 22 January


What you’ll be doing


Working within the System Test and Release (STaR) team you will be involved in all aspects of release level testing to meet product delivery goals. You will be directly involved in developing automated system test suites in a range of programming languages to verify functional, non-functional and security related requirements and to validate product use cases.  An important aspect of the test engineer role is software defect detection; continuously engage with software development teams in reporting, escalating and resolving these issues.


As part of the STaR team you will have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills through exposure to many tools and technologies, e.g., hypervisors, operating systems (both Unix and Windows), hardware platforms, virtual machines, automation, test frameworks, network monitoring and analysis, databases and associated data security solutions et cetera. As a valued member of the team, you will have the opportunity to propose new tools and technology adoption and actively contribute towards continuous improvements.


The world of information security and cryptography continuously presents new and exciting challenges; learn from domain experts, innovate and apply your problem solving skills to ensure products are developed and delivered to the highest quality standards expected by our ‘household name’ customers.


The Programme


Through our degree apprenticeship you’ll be making the most of your talents, getting to understand engineering from the ground up; and doing so with the help of one of the biggest and best names in the industry.


As a test apprentice you will be studying towards a BSc in Digital and Technology Solutions at Anglia Ruskin University, following the Software Engineering pathway. For the duration of this 4 year programme you will combine university studies with practical application, working within our software function in Cambridge. You will attend Anglia Ruskin University for 3 block weeks over the course of each year, with additional tuition provided through online delivery.  At the end of the apprenticeship you be working as a test engineer within the engineering function.


This opportunity is within the Thales e-security business in Cambridge.


Who we’re looking for


We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are motivated, committed and keen to learn. A self-starter who is able to manage their time, show initiative and has a genuine interest in test engineering and Thales. Successful candidates will show self-discipline and an aspiration to achieve a degree qualification.


You will also need:


  • 3 A Levels grade A-C including Maths and/or a relevant discipline such as Physics or Computer Science, or
  • Relevant BTEC Level 3, or
  • Completion of a level-3 apprenticeship/professional qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the 4 year programme
  • Please note that applicants who already hold a relevant degree will not be eligible for this programme.

Macro Employer of the Year 2017 – Regional Apprenticeship Awards, South East


Thales supports Smart Working which is an approach to organising work that aims to drive greater efficiency and effectiveness in achieving job outcomes. It combines flexibility, autonomy and collaboration, while optimising tools and working environments for employees – ask for more details at your interview.


In line with Thales' Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.


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