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Duration: 2 years
The Financial Times is constantly innovating to build the best instances of our products. Our new sites have more features than ever for our readers and look polished on all devices. The recently launched iteration of FT.com has won multiple awards, including: Best Website (Press Awards) and Best Use of New Technology (INMA Global Media Awards). In order to continue creating quality products we are looking for sharp, enthusiastic and proactive engineers to join our technology team.
We believe our best work is achieved with multi-disciplined, international teams that are able to choose their own engineering methodologies. Teams use Agile and Lean practices such as SCRUM or Kanban and follow Continuous Delivery or Continuous Deployment.
We have opportunities to join our vibrant Technology team based in central London, to experience and work in different disciplines. We use many different technologies and encourage our teams to experiment with more. Below are some of the technologies we work with:
What we offer:
As a technology apprentice, you will be part of the Higher Level Apprenticeship in Software Development launched this year, which enables you to work towards receiving a foundation degree. As the entry point for your career in technology at the FT, the Higher Level Apprenticeship in Software Developer Program provides the skills you will need to become a proficient software engineer.
You will join a team of engineers and will be assigned to a host for the duration of your 2-year apprenticeship at the FT (6 months per host team). You will start on 2nd October with our academic partner Ada, the National College of Digital Skills, for 8 weeks of training. After completing your initial training, you will rotate between being onsite at the FT for 6-8 weeks and training at Ada for 1 week for the remainder of your 2-year apprenticeship.
While onsite, you will have the opportunity to work alongside a team of engineers to solve real life problems. You will gain exposure within a range of different disciplines across the company including programming, infrastructure and operations. Additionally, you will learn how to apply problem solving skills to real world situations, pick up new technical skills such as programming in multiple languages and other industry practices and see how software is designed and developed at the FT.
Things we value:
Enthusiasm, self motivation, pro-activity and the ability to work under own initiative
Cooperation and building positive, constructive business relationships
Excellent troubleshooting and problem solving skills
Strong communication skills and the desire to take on early responsibility
Solid understanding of software engineering via formal or informal routes e.g. computer science degree or self learning
Interest in emerging technologies
Who should apply?
Anyone with passion for IT and software or hardware engineering. You could have academic or professional training, you might enjoy building things with a Raspberry Pi or you might just like building robots and are a dab hand with a soldering iron!
If you enjoy building things and think you’re good at it, then you should apply.
Educated to A-Levels or equivalent; ideally one qualification in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics subject
Minimum of 5 GCSEs, Grade C and above
Ability to speak and write English fluently
Authorisation to work in the UK
Enthusiasm for Computer Science and new technologies
Strong problem solving capabilities
Good communication skills, pro-active, self-motivated and positive attitude
Commitment to learning new skills
Ability to work independently and within a team framework