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Sainsbury's Launches Software Development Apprenticeship

In a bid to improve tech skills Sainsbury’s has launched an apprenticeship scheme targeting individuals who want to learn coding skills.

The retailer announced the deadline for applications for the apprenticeship as 7th July 2016.

Sainsbury’s stated on its application page that people who are thinking of applying do not necessarily need previous coding experience but should have at least a Level Three qualification, a C grade GCSE pass in English and Maths and a passion for technology.

Digital and technology director at Sainsbury’s, Jon Rudoe, said:  “Over the past year we have grown our digital and technology team to more than 900 people. We want to discover the next generation of coders and give them great opportunities and training in our fast-paced business.

“By creating these apprenticeships, we’re enabling people to turn their passion for technology into a potential career with us.”

The programme will take two years and will launch in the summer of 2016 after 10 successful applicants are selected to participate.

The apprentices will be based in the Sainsbury’s Digital Lab in London where they will experience a six week coding and developing bootcamp.

They will then take part in digital projects focused on improving the online and technical shopping experience of the retailer’s 24 million customers and 161,000 staff.

The participants will learn skills such as Java, PHP, Python, Javascript and Golang programming languages as well as business skills, team development and the lifecycle of technical projects.

On completing the two year apprenticeship the participants will have gained a Level Four qualification in software and development which is equivalent to a degree.

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