DWP Digital – DevOps Level 4 Apprenticeship - Manchester


DWP Digital 

DevOps Level 4 Apprenticeship

Have you considered a career in DevOps? Do you have the commitment to start a new job role whilst undertaking a learning programme?



We are excited to launch the recruitment of Level 4 digital apprenticeships with DWP Digital. This is a brilliant opportunity for us to train future leaders and experts in DevOps.

DWP Digital is the digital arm of the Department for Work and Pensions. We’re looking for motivated apprentice DevOps engineers to work with us, contributing to and supporting the design, development and maintenance of infrastructure-as-code and continuous integration, deployment, and delivery pipelines for products that make up citizen services.

DWP Digital is a place where talented people can grow and thrive at the cutting-edge of their industry. You can build a stimulating and fulfilling career with us. A career that gives you opportunities for work-life balance, provides interesting opportunities and gives you plenty of room to grow.


Role description:

This is a great opportunity to earn as you learn and get hands on experience of DevOps engineering. You’ll develop skills, knowledge and behaviours for your career with DWP Digital and be part of a great team.

Alongside gaining the skills you need for your new job role, you’ll be studying towards gaining a Level 4 DevOps engineer apprenticeship qualification.

You’ll be supported by your line manager, digital learning consultant and the wider engineering community in DWP Digital, alongside fellow apprentices. So you’ll have plenty of sponsors to help you succeed.

That said, it’s important that you can be proactive and make the most out of your time on the apprenticeship. There’s a lot to do and learn – so you need to be ready to work hard and participate in the many opportunities you’ll have.

This is a fantastic chance to be on your way to building a fantastic career within DevOps at DWP Digital and becoming a highly skilled tech professional. We hope that you’ll join us!


What you’ll learn:

As an Apprentice DevOps Engineer, you’ll be focused on implementing and facilitating a DevOps culture within DWP, helping to deliver services to 22m citizens in the UK.  This encompasses:

  • Multiple stages of the software development life cycle
  • Automating processes around development
  • Testing and release for continuous integration of new features
  • Subsequent continuous delivery of a product


You’ll learn about:

  • Common practices whilst working in a DevOps environment, including Agile, Scrum, Continuous integration, deployment, and delivery.
  • Networking and security principles both generally and within a DevOps context.
  • DevOps tools and technologies.
  • How to develop and architect infrastructure and automation pipelines.
  • Engineering skills to create automated, verifiable infrastructure and pipelines.


Are you ready?

The importance of digital to support our citizens is a key priority for us, and we’re looking for people with a passion to succeed. We’re very keen to attract a broad range of applicants from diverse backgrounds. So if you have the right aptitude, motivation and attitude, we want to hear from you.

We’re looking for apprentices who have the following:

  • Strong logical reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • A methodical, step-by-step approach
  • Attention to detail
  • Business skills including effective communication, teamwork and task/time management
  • The ability to troubleshoot issues
  • The ability to work under direction, use discretion and determine when to escalate issues
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team

Entry Requirements:

  • You hold a current United Kingdom (UK) or EAA Passport, and NI number
  • You’ve lived in the UK and/or EU for the past 3 years
  • You’re eligible to work in the UK and are not in full-time education
  • You’re over the age of 18
  • You must not hold an existing qualification at the same or higher level in a similar subject
  • You MUST hold at least one of the following:
    • Level 3 Software apprenticeship,


  • A Level in a STEM subject


  • BTEC Diploma in IT


  • A minimum of 12 months of experience within the IT field in the last 3 years.
  • If you reach stage one of the application process, you’ll be asked to complete an aptitude test

Things you need to know:

People working with government assets need to complete basic personnel security standard checks. If you’re successful, you’ll need to pass a disclosure and barring security check (DBS). And meet the security criteria before you’re appointed; the level of security needed is government baseline personnel security standard (BPSS). You will also be subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD).


If your application is successful following initial screen against the entry requirements stated above, you will be asked to complete an online aptitude test. This test should take approximately 20 minutes.

Those who pass the aptitude test will then be invited to complete a video interview.

The final stage of the recruitment process is the virtual assessment centre which includes a final interview, paired exercise and a presentation.


Please note, if you’re successful you’ll need to be available to start from May/June 2021.


There has never been a more exciting time to get involved in a digital apprenticeship with DWP Digital.