Coventry-based Shell Energy Retail Ltd, which serves renewable power to more than 700,000 British homes, has opened applications for a new apprenticeship in cutting-edge technology working towards a BSc (Honours) Degree in Digital and Technology solutions.

Aimed at A-level students looking to advance their education whilst  gaining real-life skills, the four-year apprenticeship is an alternative to a traditional university degree. It offers:

  • Part-time study where apprentices learn coding and software development within the most advanced programming languages
  • Part-time job at Shell Energy Retail Ltd where apprentices can develop core skills across cyber security, data analysis, software engineering and network engineering
  • ABSc (Honours) Degree in Digital and Technology solutions
  • Mentors and tutors who will guide apprentices through the degree course
  • A competitive salary, increasing as their skills improve through the programme

The apprenticeship has been designed by Shell Energy Retail Ltd, in partnership with the Open University, to appeal to the next generation of software engineers by giving them hands-on experience in the very latest technology in addition to a degree qualification

Anne Milton MP, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills said:

“It’s fantastic news that Shell Energy Retail has teamed up with the Open University to offer this new high- quality apprenticeship in cutting-edge technology. We’ve completely overhauled apprenticeships in this country, but this wouldn’t have been possible without employers like Shell Energy Retail who are leading the way by making these amazing opportunities available.

“Apprenticeships are a brilliant way for people of all ages and backgrounds to get the skills they need to get a good job and for employers to get the skilled workforce they need to grow. This is a brilliant opportunity for anyone looking to hone their digital skills and kick-start a successful career in technology.”

John Wrighthouse, Chief People Officer, Shell Energy Retail said:

“As a company with cutting edge technology at our core, we hope to attract the best future talent by offering them an excellent apprenticeship with hands-on experience of the latest technology in a rewarding and dynamic environment. Investing in our staff is the best way to build a culture that delivers a first class experience for our customers.”

Research suggests apprenticeships enhance prospects of future employment  

A survey by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) last year showed that half of parents would encourage their children to apply for an apprenticeship rather than seek a university place, in response to concerns over the cost of university. Furthermore, 71% felt that degree apprenticeships provide a better chance of future employment than a university degree.

Application details

A-level graduates can apply for one of five spaces on this year’s scheme via the Shell Energy Retail Ltd job site before the closing date on 7 June and successful applicants will start on 2 September.


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