Software Tester Apprenticeship

Software Tester Apprenticeship

One of our digital opportunities for you is a Software Tester apprenticeship, which has many benefits to a range of industries and involves a varied and interesting learning experience. Not only this, but Software Testers are growing in demand due to our dependence on digital and this qualification can open up many opportunities in the digital sector.

Learner’s Responsibilities:

The role of a Software Tester is to ensure that software operates as intended; they will typically design and prepare test plans and conduct software testing as appropriate to ensure that software is fit for purpose. This also involves documenting and reporting the results of testing activities.

Skills / Behaviours Required:

  • Logical attitude
  • Creative thinking skills
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • The ability to work independently and to take responsibility
  • Thorough and organised approach
  • The ability to work with a range of internal and external people
  • The ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • Able to maintain a productive, professional and secure working environment

How this benefits a business:

  1. Ensures software and applications are flawless, from a marketing perspective this would also provide value to your target customers which attracts them to your brand
  2. Focuses on digital security, helping to prevent any disruptions or threats such as malware attacks
  3. Eliminating any performance issues guarantees a better user experience which in turn improves customer acquisition and loyalty
  4. By having a specific person involved in testing, security and digital improvements, the rest of the business can run efficiently, being supported by the Software Tester
  5. As their role is to ensure software is fit for purpose, by identifying any errors early, maintenance costs are reduced in the long run

Industries Involved:

Whilst you may think software testers are primarily found in digital companies, with the expansion of digital in our work lives, these are actually useful for a range of businesses, including:

Manufacturing

Finance

Transport

Healthcare

Retail

Telecommunications

Media

 

If this apprenticeship sounds interesting to you, contact us today for more information on how this can benefit you and your business. Also, visit our Apprenticeships page for more information on the qualification!

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Update on Digital Trends

Update on Digital Business Trends

Written as of 15:00 Wednesday, 18th May – by Daniel H.

 If you have a business that has digital elements, from social media to email campaigns, it’s probably best that you keep up to date with current changes and trends. Here, we’ll talk about three of the big trends in recent weeks.

Elon Musk Buys Twitter

You’ve all probably heard by now that Elon Musk has entered a deal to purchase Twitter, what it means for the future of twitter on the other hand, is still up in the air. Elon Musk has stated some of his objectives for his twitter, he wanted to; crackdown on spam bots, relax content moderation and ending permanent bans to name a few.

However, as Elon Musk has recently requested more details on the number of fake accounts, he has announced that the Twitter deal ‘cannot move forward’ if the CEO cannot prove the ‘spam stats’.

Britain Removing Cookie Pop-ups

With leaving the EU, the UK has moved away from many EU laws, with mixed effects. One of these is GDPR, and the UK introducing its own version through the newly announced Data Reform Bill. Part of the Bill, being the removal of Cookie Pop-ups.

Whilst this may sound like some good news at first, it’s the opposite actually. Unless there is an announcement to how it will be done, for example setting what cookies to agree to in the browsers settings. At this moment, it means that websites would be able to take any data they want, without even notifying you or giving you the option to opt out (which is an option on most pop-ups). Furthermore, the idea of setting what cookies will be allowed and not could be a bit tricky, with different websites using cookies in different ways, there’s also a slight chance that companies could get around this method, not like there isn’t a chance already to be fair. 

For Businesses, there are claims that adding the Cookie Policy Pop-up to their website is ‘difficult’ and a ‘waste of time’, however with these new changes, businesses that have websites that still operate in the EU would still have to abide by EU regulations, including the Cookie Pop-up. Meaning that there are two options now, the first and the easiest, is that the business keeps the Pop-ups for all users, including British – or the second option where the business has two instances of the website, one for EU users and one for UK, which would be more difficult and tricky to do. Meaning even for businesses, there will be either no change or more work to be done, this is not that great of news for them either.

AirBnB and Working from Home

With Lockdowns due to COVID last couple of years, many companies that could began working remotely, some benefited from being able to have more freedom and flexibility that came with working from their homes, and some people did not see much benefit. With working from home in everyone’s minds still, some companies and ministers have been demanding the return to work, however many companies have become more relaxed and embraced the flexibility that working from home brings.

Last month, AirBnB CEO, Brian Chesky, has recently stated his views on working in an office, that it is “an anachronistic form from a pre-digital age”, and has made changes to the company to allow the staff to work from home without any pay repercussions, a stark contrast to many other businesses who have decided to punish their staff for working from home by reducing their pay, or demanding that they return to the office.

Apart from a small number of those whose presence is necessary to work, employees at AirBnB can work wherever suits their needs, for example if an employee wanted to move, as long as they do not leave the country, their pay is completely unaffected. It’s predicted now that many other companies, especially digital ones, will embrace and move towards a working from home model like AirBnB has done.

Key Aspects of Digital Marketing

Key Aspects of Digital Marketing

Digital marketing is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and yet some businesses still don’t use it. Here are some of the key aspects to help drive sales and boost your audience.

1. Social Media Marketing

Over 2.3 billion people use social media worldwide which means it is a huge platform for businesses to use to grow their audience. Social media allows you to connect with your existing and potential customers. Social media is also a great way for you to keep an eye on your competitors, see what is working and what isn’t performing well for them. All social media platforms allow paid ads for you to target and reach your ideal customers, which can massively increase your social media presence.

2. Email Marketing

Email marketing is a digital marketing strategy that businesses can use to promote their product / service to potential customers. This allows you to create relationships with your target customers with personalised emails. There are great tools to use for email marketing such as Mailchimp which allows you to send emails and gather analytics.

3. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Search engine optimisation is the practice of getting targeted traffic to a website from a search engine’s organic rankings. Common responsibilities associated with SEO include creating high-quality content, optimising content around specific keywords, and building backlinks. SEO is all about improving a site’s ranking in the organic search results. More than 75% of people on google don’t look past the first page, so ranking high is very important for businesses and should be part of everyone’s digital marketing strategy.

4. Website

People may find you on social media or hear of you by word of mouth but ultimately you need a good website to give customers a good impression of your brand. If your website is poorly designed or not secure, people will just click straight off it and not waste their time. You need to keep people interested and engaged on your website with a custom design that is a representation of your brand. You need to make it simple and clear to make the user experience as easy as it can be.

5. Content Marketing

In order to boost your search rankings and help potential customers learn more about your business, you need to incorporate content into your digital marketing strategy. If you’re looking to earn more leads and revenue, content marketing is a great strategy, considering it generates 3x more leads than traditional marketing. Quality content is a key component of content marketing.

6. Analytics 

Keeping track of all your analytics on all of the social media platforms you are on and your google analytics is crucial for all businesses. You need to track what is working well and what needs improving. By doing this you will have a clear plan of what you need to improve and what is working well for your business.        

If you are interested in a digital marketing apprenticeship, read more about what we can offer you! http://www.oracletrainingsolutions.co.uk/apprenticeships/     

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Higher Level Apprenticeships

Higher Level Apprenticeships

At Oracle, we can offer you government funded apprenticeships in a range of sectors, tailored to your business needs or career goals, with many options for progression. But many people have the understanding that apprenticeships are only for school leavers, looking for their first job. In fact, apprenticeships can be offered to anyone over 16, and with higher level apprenticeships you can expand your skills in an area you already work in and develop a new qualification!

Business

  • Business Analyst

18 months, Level 4

Role details: Business Analysts provide a critical layer of challenge and scrutiny for organisations; focussing on early and regular investigation and analysis to meet the required business need.

Option to progress from: Level 3 Business Administrator, Level 3 Digital Marketer

  • Learning & Development Consultant Business Partner

18-24 months, Level 5

Role details: A L&D Consultant Business Partner is accountable for ensuring L&D contributes to, and influences, improved performance in the workplace at an individual, team and organisation level.

Option to progress from: Level 4 Business Analyst

Customer Service

  • Property Maintenance Operative

12 months, Level 5

Role details: Property Maintenance Operatives optimise property condition and quality, ensuring the building is kept in a safe working condition; maintaining a high level of quality, providing maximum satisfaction to customers, clients, guests and team.

Option to progress from: Level 3 Customer Service Specialist, Level 3 Team Leader

Digital

  • Software Tester

24 months, Level 4

Role details: Software Testers ensure that software operates as intended, typically by designing and preparing test plans and conducting software testing as appropriate.

Option to progress from: Level 3 Broadcast Production Assistant, Level 3 Digital Marketer

Management

  • Operations Department Manager

30 months, Level 5

Role details: An Operations Department Manager will manage teams and/or projects, achieving operational or departmental goals and objectives, as part of the delivery of the organisation’s strategy.

Option to progress from: Level 3 Team Leader, Level 3 Event Assistant

Teaching and Learning

  • Assessor Coach

15 months, Level 4

Role details: Assessor Coaches use their up-to-date professional knowledge and skills to support vocational and professional development across the formal ETS as well as in any employer setting, and at any level.

Option to progress from: Level 3 Learning and Development Practitioner

  • Learning and Skills Teacher

24 months, Level 5

Role details: Learning and Skills Teachers operate at all times to ethical and legal standards and within professional boundaries, promoting a passion for learning and high expectations of all learners; being a role model for the effective use of current, digital and mobile technologies in support of teaching and learning.

Option to progress from: Level 3 Teaching Assistant, Level 4 Assessor Coach

For more information on the apprenticeships we can offer you, at all levels, visit our Apprenticeship page today!

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