BGL launches Apprenticeship with Makers Academy

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Passionate about coding and want to switch careers?

Here at BGL we’re investing in the growth of our own talent through our new Junior Software Engineer roles. These are amazing apprenticeship opportunities to launch your career into software engineering.

Being a software engineer is about more than working with computers. It’s about solving problems. Often this requires a creative mindset and human collaboration that’s very hard to replicate in machines.

You will take part in an innovative scheme where you will have the opportunity to attend one of Europe's leading Web Developer bootcamps with Makers Academy and then start your career with one of the UK's leading digital distributors of insurance and household financial services. 

BGL and Makers Academy

Over 30 junior software engineers have joined us from Makers Academy over the last three years. Following on from this success we have now introduced our new Junior Software Engineer apprenticeship programme.

Your apprenticeship journey

You will be as passionate about technology as we are, be driven and have a thirst to learn more, try new things and fail fast!.  

Start your journey

At the core of the programme you will attend a 12 week bootcamp at the Makers Academy site in East London. Attending this elite coding academy will give you a fantastic foundation to coding required to achieve the Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship standard.

Develop your skills with BGL

After your 12 weeks with Makers Academy you will return to our Peterborough site to continue with the remainder of your apprenticeship programme. You’ll have the opportunity to work within a small agile team to develop first class software engineering solutions, whilst having access to a wide range of technologies to create a first class customer proposition.

Train to be a Software Engineer

We want you to succeed. Expectations are high, this apprenticeship programme has a strong focus on self-learning and we aim for everyone to achieve distinction. You will receive a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package from day one. Upon completion you will have the opportunity to progress into a Software Engineer role.

From Makers to Compare the Market

Sanjay Purswani is now a Senior Software Engineer at Compare the Market having successfully joined the team from Makers Academy. Read his full story here.

Switch careers and become a Software Engineer

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Our selection process

We want to find the best candidates we possibly can. This means we focus on inclusion and openness, and cast our net as wide as we can - if you’ve got dedication, resilience and a passion for a career in tech, we want to hear from you!

Although there are no specific entry qualifications, we do need to see your previous qualifications on your CV as some candidates may need to complete Maths and English functional skills assessments.

We're interested in what you can do right now and if you’ve got what it takes to become a great Software Engineer!

Makers Academy will be running the following selection process.

1. Your Application

A couple of questions about you & your experiences trying to learn to code and your motivations for joining BGL.

2. The Pre-work Material

You will be provided with some free-to-access material for learning some basic coding. It'll need around 20 hours of study, reading and practice, spread over a couple of weeks.

3. Coding challenge

This involves a basic Ruby and basic Git exercise, where you will be given coding problems to solve.

4. Two Stage Interview

Your first interview will be with Makers at their London office or remotely. They’ll be assessing what you've learnt from the Pre Work and trying to understand your passion for coding. The second interview is competency based with BGL at their Peterborough office.

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