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Trade association for digital businesses in the North West, Manchester Digital, is on the hunt for 20 new apprentices to join its unique Level 4 Software Developer scheme and students from the region’s schools and colleges are invited to apply.


The employer-led scheme, which was launched last year, is supported by some of the region’s top digital businesses including Zuto, Rentalcars and Auto Trader.


The apprenticeship focuses on technical development through high-quality boot camps, but also prioritises soft skills, communication and commercial awareness. 


With Manchester Digital’s 2017 skills audit revealing earlier this year that developer roles were the most difficult to fill for the fourth year in a row, with one in three businesses saying they’d struggled to recruit for these roles, schemes like this one are crucial for the industry’s future growth. 


The audit also revealed that over 50% of those digital and tech businesses surveyed had taken on an apprentice in the past 12 months. 


Commenting on the scheme Katie Gallagher, managing director of Manchester Digital, said: “Whether students want to work for a blue chip employer, a large corporate, or a tech start-up, the scheme has the support of a number of the region’s top digital employers so there’s lots to choose from. We’re on the lookout for candidates with a real passion for development, coding and problem solving who want to play a role in developing the industry.


“The talent pipeline continues to be a top concern for the region’s digital tech sector, with skills and talent still a key priority for us in the work we do. We hope that a focus on high quality apprenticeships will go some way towards helping us constrict the ongoing skills shortage that threatens to hamper future growth of the sector.” 


Assessment will take place between July and August this year, with apprentices due to start their roles in September. Those interested should apply here.

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