New apprentices at Manchester Digital

One of Manchester’s most innovative business organisations is set to take on up to 15 apprentices as part of its expansion plans.

Manchester Digital is determined to improve collaboration between education and business in the region and will develop its offering by rolling out a Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship, which has been developed by a number of businesses including Auto Trader – who have helped shape the curriculum – and will have a strong focus on soft skills, communication and commercial awareness, as well as technical skills through high-quality, regular boot camps. Manchester Digital is an independent body created by some of the city’s most important digital industry players.


‘The absolute exemplar in the UK’

Katie Gallagher, managing director at Manchester Digital, said: “We’re looking after the quality end of apprenticeships and want our students and course to be the absolute exemplar in the UK.

“After 18-months our students will be autonomous developers, equipped with the necessary skills to enter and succeed in the workforce. The severity of the skills shortage across the North is something which can’t be ignored. It’s something we can only tackle through collaboration and sustained effort into growing our own talent, to ensure we have a proper pipeline in place for the years ahead.”

Alison Ross, customer experience and operations director at Auto Trader, added: “It’s a pleasure to be involved in Manchester Digital’s new scheme. Industry is crying out for a well-thought-through apprenticeship scheme and, created through a mix of member and developer input, we’re confident this one has the perfect mix of technical and soft-skill training.”