Test Engineer Apprenticeship - Start in 2021

  • Employer IBM
  • Job type Intermediate Apprenticeships
  • Salary Up to £20,000
  • Deadline Ongoing
  • Entry requirements A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Locations Nationwide
  • Qualifications gained Professional Qualification
  • Date published 08/02/2021

Your Role and Responsibilities

Have you ever thought 'Why?"

"Why does that do that?"
"Why can't we do it this way?"
"Why is this so difficult to use?"
"Wouldn't it be great if we didn't need that any more?"

If you spend some of your time thinking about questions like those, then IBM is the perfect place for your career to flourish.

Why IBM?

IBM has always challenged the way the world interacts, how we communicate with each other and how business works, and it continues to ask the world “why?”. In 2018, IBM had 9,100 new inventions recognised in the U.S. alone, the 26th year in a row we have led the way.  Our new ideas and inventions cover things like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cyber security and quantum computing. 5 IBM colleagues have received Nobel Prizes.

As well as challenging ourselves as an organisation to keep inventing and improving, we also make sure we continue to challenge and develop our people with fantastic training and education.

We want to be challenged, too.  Many IBMers (IBM employees) are old (certainly older than you!) and have grown up using technology in a certain way and are used to the ways things work.  We need people to come and challenge us and our thinking, and show us that there are new and different ways to look at the world around us.

If you play on an XBOX 360, Playstation 3 or Nintendo Wii, you’ve been using an IBM mirocprocessor. IBM powers solutions and insights for many major global events, like The Grammys, The US and Wimbledon tennis majors, and the Aston Martin Red Bull Formula 1 racing team.

What we offer you

Our clients include high street banks, petrol and energy companies, the government, mobile phone companies, and names on the high street and on-line shopping. With the right training, you’ll be helping our clients prove that the IT systems that their customers use will be fast, secure and reliable, just as you expect the apps on phone and websites to be.

As a software test engineer Apprentice we’ll provide you with a mix of classroom based education, mentoring & coaching, and real experience working directly with our teams on client accounts.  This combination allows you to put your learning straight into practice and earn industry qualifications. 

In return, we’d love you to bring your curiosity, your enthusiasm to try new things and a fresh approach to finding solutions to some of IBM’s and our client’s problems.

The Details

Over the two year programme, you will receive training and learning on:-

  • Software development – how software goes from an idea to a solution a customer can use
  • Software testing – how to prove that what has been developed works as it should do
  • Consultancy – how to work with different people in different scenarios – some nice but some tricky -  and in different countries
  • General business knowledge – how do businesses work and operate, from the money to the marketing to the admin support
  • How to work as part of small and large teams, either close to home or around the UK

Through this, you will discover the things you enjoy working on in order to make choices about your IBM career as you progress and continue to explore what IBM has to offer.


At IBM, work is more than a job - it's a calling: To build. To design. To code. To consult. To think along with clients and sell. To make markets. To invent. To collaborate. Not just to do something better, but to attempt things you've never thought possible. Are you ready to lead in this new era of technology and solve some of the world's most challenging problems? If so, lets talk you!

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

What we look for:

  • You don't need to be studying business or technology A-levels, but you must have a keen interest in both.
  • You must have achieved at least GCSEs (or equivalent) at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English Language. We also except Level 2 Skills Tests as a GCSE equivalent in Maths and English.
  • You will need to be mobile – base locations are across the UK (including but not limited to Greenock (Scotland), London, Hursley (near Winchester) and Portsmouth), however the work will be project based and typically you’ll find yourself working at a client site which requires extensive travel and staying away from home during the week.


Preferred Technical and Professional Experience


Required Education

Pre-University Qualification

Preferred Education

Pre-University Qualification

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility to work in the UK without Sponsorship

About Business Unit

IBM Corporate Headquarters (CHQ) team represents a variety of functions such as marketing, finance, legal, operations, HR, and more, all working together to solve some of the world's most complex problems, help our clients achieve success and build collaborative work environments for IBMers.

Your Life @ IBM

What matters to you when you’re looking for your next career challenge?

Maybe you want to get involved in work that really changes the world? What about somewhere with incredible and diverse career and development opportunities – where you can truly discover your passion? Are you looking for a culture of openness, collaboration and trust – where everyone has a voice? What about all of these? If so, then IBM could be your next career challenge. Join us, not to do something better, but to attempt things you never thought possible.

Impact. Inclusion. Infinite Experiences. Do your best work ever.

About IBM

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that progress is made through progressive thinking, progressive leadership, progressive policy and progressive action. IBMers believe that the application of intelligence, reason and science can improve business, society and the human condition. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 380,000 IBMers serving clients in 170 countries.

Location Statement

For additional information about location requirements, please discuss with the recruiter following submission of your application.

Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

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