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Cloud Computing Apprenticeship Options

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    Options

  • Apprenticeship Type

    Software & Computing > Level 5-6

  • Positions

    3

  • Location

    Linen Loft, 27 – 37 Adelaide St, Belfast, BT2 8FE

  • Salary

    £18,000

  • Start date

  • Location Type

    Office

Job Description


Role: Options Apprenticeship Programme

Location: Belfast

Salary: Competitive

Join the Options Apprenticeship team in Belfast!

Who are we?

Options is a leading managed services and IT infrastructure products provider to the global capital markets community. Founded in 1993, the company began life as a hedge fund technology services provider. Today over 200 firms globally leverage the Options platform, including the leading global investment banks, hedge funds and exchanges. We currently employ over 400 employees worldwide and are continuing to grow across offices in New York, Chicago, Belfast, London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Why Options?

Global travel:

  • We have offices in New York, Toronto, London, Belfast, Dublin and across Asia.

Continuous career development opportunities:

  • We provide professional skills development and technical training

The chance to be a part of a self-sufficient, successful team:

  • The Options team operates in a fast paced environment with endless opportunities for innovation and forward thinking.

Competitive salary:

  • In addition to a competitive salary, Options reward employees with a range of bonus incentives and benefits.

Working for us

The positions will be based around apprenticeship requirements, per your course, paid and based in Belfast initially, although there will be opportunities to gain experience from company offices such as New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Auckland and London for those who have successfully completed their apprenticeship.

We welcome applications from a broad range of disciplines including those with technical and engineering backgrounds, as well as science, business, mathematics, marketing and finance. We have a fresh new team expanding in our Belfast office and we want to hear from candidates that are motivated, self-driven and have a passion to learn and develop their skills in the world of financial technology.

At Options we are focused on creating a learning environment that enables you to develop and flourish in all aspects of your work. You own your career, you choose your own path, and we provide the opportunities to make it happen.

Person Specification


Essential Criteria

  • Strong research, writing and communication skills.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and changeable working environment.

  • Customer service experience (comfortable working with senior management and business owners).

  • Exceptional organisational skills and strong attention to detail.

  • Desire to travel and see the world.

  • Ability to work independently and manage your own projects in a professional manner.

  • Solid competency in the following: Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

  • Candidates must successfully secure a position at the relevant apprenticeship training provider

Desirable Criteria

  • Previous start-up, technology or business experience.

  • A passion for start-ups, innovation and financial technology.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with client facing experience.

  • Project management skills and proven ability to manage own workload.

(In the case of applications for technical positions, examples of previous work are encouraged.)

All applicants MUST be willing to travel, pending availability during studies.

Applicable courses

Whilst you are applying to an employer through Workplus you must apply directly to the training providers to secure your place on the apprenticeship course.

Cloud Computing, Analytics and Security for IndustrySouthern Regional College

Description

The Foundation Degree in Cloud Computing, Analytics and Security for Industry forms the core of our Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) programme, which provides a clear and achievable progression route enabling students to train to a high level whilst gaining a professional qualification.

The programme prepares students for careers in industries that rely heavily on cloud-based technologies and data-driven decision-making. Graduates will gain computing and transferrable skills which will enable them to develop new concepts, ideas and solutions that will add value and inform the strategic direction of an organisation.

Upon successful interview, individuals will be placed with a company for four days a week while attending the College one day a week. The HLA will also provide the opportunity to work on live projects within an IT company and gain work-based learning experience while developing the transferable skills essential to succeed in the industry.

There are approximately 360 hours per year student contact time, including blended delivery, over a three year period. Students are required to attend the Southern Regional College Portadown Campus during term-time, one full day per week. There will also be an expectation of independent study also required.

All staff delivering on this programme are highly experienced with an extensive skillset across all computing disciplines.

Please note this is exactly the same course as the part-time Foundation Degree in Cloud Computing, Analytics and Security for Industry - however the HLA element (1 day in College, 4 days in industry per week) ensures that no fees are applicable.

Modules

  • Object-Oriented Programming Fundamentals

  • Introduction to Networking

  • Database Design and Development for Cloud

  • IoT Development

  • Introduction to Virtualisation Technologies

  • Mobile Development

  • Cloud Computing

  • Cyber Security

  • Data Analytics

  • AI Fundamentals

  • Work Based Learning

Award

Foundation Degree

Validated By

Open University

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

The over-riding consideration in admitting applicants to this course, is evidence that the learner is likely to be able to complete the course satisfactorily.

Attendance at Individual or Group Pre-Entry Advice Sessions (IPEAS and GPEAS) may be required. These interviews may take place either on campus, via telephone or video call (Microsoft teams) and will play an important role in place allocation.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July 2024.

  • Applicants must have attained a minimum of 48 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A Levels, National Awards, Access or other alternative approved level 3 qualifications.

  • Applicants must have attained at least 15 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE) or have alternative approved qualifications. In addition, applicants must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English Language. For entry to this programme, applicants should have attained a C grade in GCSE English language and a C grade in GCSE Maths (or equivalent).

  • For those entering a Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLA), employers may further enhance the entry criteria at their discretion. All applicants for HLAs will be interviewed by prospective employers to decide their suitability prior to being employed by a company. Each the applicant must secure employment with a Northern Ireland based company with a minimum contract of 21 hours. Entrance to HLAs is subject to meeting DfE Operational requirements.

  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally assessed, should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy.

Please note that applicants progressing to higher education courses at Level 4 and above in the College or UK Universities may require a specific GCSE/ A-Level profile. In some cases, the Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy may not be a suitable alternative to a GCSE. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.

To find out more about the application process for Higher Level Apprenticeships please see Information on Higher Level Apprenticeships.

Duration

3

Start Date

Monday 16 September 2024

End Date

Sunday 27 June 2027

Progression Pathway

Students may wish to progress onto the Level 6 BSc (Hons) Degree in Computing for Industry offered by SRC (in collaboration with Open University) at the College's Portadown campus. Students may also progress to other degree programmes but it is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s admission and progression requirements.

On completion of this course, students will have gained a strong foundation in cloud computing, data analytics, and cybersecurity. This qualification opens up various career opportunities in industries that heavily rely on cloud technologies, data-driven decision-making, and robust security measures. Potential roles may include:

  • Cloud Solutions Architect

  • Cloud Security Specialist

  • Data Analyst

  • Business Intelligence Analyst

  • Data Engineer

Cloud Computing TechnologiesSouth Eastern Regional College

Description

You will complete a Foundation Degree in Cloud Computing Technologies along with work related qualifications over a three-year period. The Foundation Degree (FD) in Cloud Computing Technologies is aimed at meeting the local demand of Cloud experts in Northern Ireland. It will cover a range of computing specialisms allowing successful students to follow different career paths. Enter a short description here.

Modules

The Foundation Degree consists of 40 credits (normally 2 modules) per semester in Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3. 

This programme is based on a hybrid learning model with a focus on face-to-face delivery.

Modules include:

  • Computational Mathematics

  • Computer Systems

  • Programming Fundamentals

  • Cloud Fundamentals

  • Web Technologies and Applications 

  • Data, Information and SQL Software Testing Data Analytics and Visualisation

  • Cloud Development

  • Innovative Delivery of Mobile Applications

  • Work-based Learning                         

Assessment:

  • Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, project-based learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies. This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study. Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.                  

Award

Foundation Degree (FD) in Cloud Computing Technologies

Validated By

Open University

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

General Entry Requirements

The general entry requirements below identify the minimum qualifications needed to apply for the programme.

Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis on application.

You are required to upload a copy of your qualification certificates to show how you meet the entry requirements for the programme prior to enrolment.

Applications will also require successful completion of the admissions process.

GCSE/ Level 2 Requirements  

  • GCSE grade C/4 in English Language, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills Communication, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

AND

  • GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

AND  

  • 2 at GCSE level (grades A*-C*/9-4), or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

UCAS

A minimum of 48 UCAS points:

  • A levels  OR

  • Level 3 Diploma

Access Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with an overall average of 45+%

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level

  • B2 IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)

  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English

  • Successful completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language

  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)

  • ESOL Level 2 

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Admissions

  • Successful completion of the admissions process

APEL

  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section of our website

Duration

3

Start Date

Monday 16 September 2024

End Date

Saturday 28 August 2027

Progression Pathway

Successful completion of this course could lead to either a career in the computing industry or to related degree programmes.  SERC offer a 1 year degree top-up for this programme.

Software and Cloud Development with Data Science (Top-up L6 from L5)Belfast Metropolitan College

Description

Higher Level Apprenticeship with BSc (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Software and Cloud Development with Data Science 

Welcome to the Future of Software and Cloud Development with Data Science 

If you've already completed a HND or Foundation Degree in Computing, Cloud, Software, or Data Science, our one and a half year apprenticeship programme is tailored to help you reach new heights in your career. Our BSc (Hons) Level 6 Top-Up programme is specifically designed for students with prior experience in Software Development, Cloud Computing, and General Computing. Join us on this transformative journey towards a brighter future in the dynamic world of Software and Cloud Development with Data Science. 

Why Choose Our Programme? 

The demand for skilled IT professionals is soaring, with the Northern Ireland Skills Barometer projecting a potential shortfall of up to 6,200 IT workers in Northern Ireland by 2030. Software Development remains a cornerstone of Northern Ireland's IT landscape, with significant growth anticipated in Cloud & Application Development and Data Analytics. Our programme is your gateway to not only meet but exceed these demands. 

What You'll Gain: 

  • Advanced Expertise: Building on your existing knowledge, our programme takes a deep dive into Software Development, Cloud Computing, and General Computing. You'll acquire specialized skills in data solutions, data modelling, container development, and comprehensive DevOps techniques used in the real world. 

  • Real-World Experience: Learn from industry experts in our state-of-the-art computing labs, fully equipped with industry-standard hardware and software. Gain hands-on experience and real-world insights that will set you on the path to success. 

  • Career Advancement: Upon completion of the programme, you'll not only hold a valuable qualification but also possess practical skills and relevant work experience. These assets will open doors to exciting career opportunities and advancement within your chosen field. 

  • Certifications: We're committed to enhancing your employability. As part of the programme, you'll have the opportunity to earn prestigious industry certifications, including Microsoft AZ-400, DP-100, DP-200, DevOps Foundation Qualification, and Certified Kubernetes Application Developer Qualification. You'll master Microsoft Azure and Kubernetes, setting you apart in the competitive IT job market. 

Assessment:

  • You will complete three, 40 credit modules at Level 6. The modules will be a combination of exams and assignments.

  • The research project module will be 10,000 to 20,000 word dissertation.

Modules

This is a part time 1-year long course spread over two academic years and the three modules will be Advanced Cloud Development Technologies, Data Engineering and Science and a Final Year Project.

Key Areas of Study: 

  • Advanced Cloud Development Technologies 

  • Data Science and Engineering 

  • Final Year Research Project 

Ready to embark on an exciting journey in Software and Cloud Development with Data Science? Explore the links below to learn more about our validated awards and regulations: 

Join us today, and let's shape your future together in the ever-evolving field of Software and Cloud Development with Data Science. Your success story begins right here at the Belfast Met!

Award

BSc (Hons) Software and Cloud Development with Data Science (Top-Up) Private (Q00904) BSc (Hons) Software, Cloud and Application Development (Top-Up) (Q00904)

Validated By

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

Students must have completed and passed a foundation degree offered by the Open University at the College with Computing1 as the core discipline, or completed and passed an equivalent level 5 course with Computing1 as the core discipline e.g. other UK University Foundation Degrees at level 5, BTEC Higher Nation Diplomas, or any UK accredited level 5 qualification that is equivalent in academia to a foundation degree or the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with Computing1 as the core discipline as proven at the time of application.

Students who do not meet this criteria must complete and pass the bridging qualification, Cisco CCNA 1 (Introduction to Networks).

The student must also have GCSEs at grade C or above in English and Mathematics, or equivalent qualifications, such as Level 2 Essential Skills in Maths and English

Applicants who have already attained a qualification equivalent to or similar in content to any of the modules may be eligible to be considered for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL). Those who have acquired learning through life, work experience and study not previously attested through formal education or certification may be eligible to be considered for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). The core discipline of the qualification studied must be in the area of Computing with subjects within the areas of Network Infrastructure or Cyber Security.

Must be employed in an IT role. See here for details.

Duration

2

Start Date

Monday 30 September 2024

End Date

Wednesday 30 September 2026

Progression Pathway

Employment or postgraduate qualification.

Software and Cloud Development with Data AnalysisBelfast Metropolitan College

Description

Higher Level Apprenticeship with Foundation Degree in Software and Cloud Development with Data Analysis 

Welcome to the Future of Software and Cloud Development with Data Analysis 

Are you ready to launch your career in the dynamic world of Software and Cloud Development with Data Analysis? If you've completed your A Levels or their UK equivalent, our two-and-a-half-year apprenticeship programme is your gateway to a bright future. We offer a crystal-clear path to university, or you can opt for an exciting BSc (Hons) Top-Up Degree right here at Belfast Met. 

Why Choose Our Programme? 

The demand for skilled IT professionals is on the rise, with the Northern Ireland Skills Barometer projecting a potential shortfall of up to 6,200 IT workers in Northern Ireland by 2030. In this landscape, Software Development takes the lead in Northern Ireland's IT sector, with significant growth predicted in Software and Cloud Development, as well as Data Analytics. Our courses are meticulously crafted to empower you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to excel in these thriving domains. 

What You'll Gain: 

  • Advanced Expertise: Our programme is designed to take you beyond the basics. You'll develop Software and Cloud Development skills in cloud computing, web development, and database development. Plus, you'll master data analytics techniques used in the real world. 

  • Real-World Experience: Learn from industry-seasoned professionals in our state-of-the-art computing labs, equipped with industry-standard hardware and software. Gain hands-on experience and real-world insights that will set you apart in your career. 

  • Career Opportunities: By the time you graduate, you'll hold a valuable qualification, practical skills, and relevant work experience, all of which will open doors to exciting career opportunities. 

  • Certifications: We're dedicated to enhancing your employability. That's why our programme includes the opportunity to earn prestigious industry certifications from Microsoft and Comptia. You'll become proficient in Java, C#, HTML5, R, Python, Power BI, Azure, and SQL Server. 

We understand that your future is important to you. That's why our programme also includes a work-based learning module, ensuring you gain practical experience in a real-world setting. 

Ready to embark on an exciting journey in the realm of Software and Cloud Development with Data Analysis? Explore the links below to learn more about our validated awards and regulations: 

Join us today, and let's shape your future together in the ever-evolving field of Software and Cloud Development with Data Analysis. Your success story begins right here at Belfast Met! 

Assessment:

  • This course will be assessed by examinations and coursework

Modules

Key Areas of Study: 

  • Software Development 

  • Web Development 

  • Cloud Development 

  • Data Analytics 

  • Database Development 

  • Software Testing 

  • Microsoft Azure, C#, Java, Python, SQL & PowerBI 

Award

Foundation Degree in Software and Cloud Development with Data Analysis (FDCAD) HLA in Software and Cloud Development with Data Analysis - Private

Validated By

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

To be able to apply at this stage, you must be employed in an IT role or have an arranged an apprenticeship with an employer in IT.  

The apprenticeship is also open to people already employed in an IT. 

To apply, please email creativedigital@belfastmet.ac.uk with details of your employer and we will assist you in your application. 

64 tariff points. GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics, or equivalent such as Essential Skills Literacy or Numeracy. 

Duration

3

Start Date

Monday 09 September 2024

End Date

Friday 11 June 2027

Progression Pathway

Students who successfully complete this course are guaranteed a place on the one-year BSc (Hons) Software, Cloud and Application Development Top-Up degree offered by Belfast Met.  

Successful completion of this course also allows for progression onto university degree courses in computing related disciplines including, but not limited to, computer science (subject to individual course requirements). 

There are also employment opportunities upon successful completion of this course. For example: 

Cloud Engineer/Developer: 

An IT professional responsible for any technological duties associated with cloud computing, including design, planning, management, maintenance and support. The cloud engineer position can be broken into multiple roles, including architect, software engineer, security engineer, systems engineer and cloud network engineer. Each position focuses on a specific type of cloud computing, rather than the technology as a whole

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