Level 4 Devops Engineer

The primary role of a DevOps engineer Apprenticeship is to make the practices and process of developing, testing, and deploying working software faster, more efficient, and more reliable through automation and harmonisation of systems and tools.

Key to their success as DevOps engineers is good understanding of software development practices, having the required programming/scripting skills and understanding operations at the deployment end – on premises or cloud infrastructure.

Level 4

Up to 24 months

Maximum Funding for Employers: £17000

Start Date: Once a month

Further Details and Key Responsibilities:
Learners in this programme will gain a deeper understanding of software development life cycle, methodologies, agile software development practices and fundamental DevOps concepts, values, practices, and techniques. The programme takes a cloud-infrastructure focused perspective and incorporates infrastructure knowledge in the design and implementation of DevOps practices, cloud security aspects, source control and CI/CD implementation.

Scripting is a key skill a DevOps engineer should possess. The Python programming language course included in this programme will equip the learner with the skills required for automation and configuration efforts in DevOps environments and thus eliminating manual tasks.

In addition to the knowledge and skills, the learner in this programme will develop an aptitude for working in a collaborative environment, recognise that technology evolves at a rapid pace and embrace continuous learning through experimentation, peer reviews and feedback.

Entry Requirements:
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include A levels; a level 3 apprenticeship or other relevant qualification; relevant experience and/or an aptitude test.

Progression Plan:
Automation engineer, Build and release engineer, Deployment engineer, Devops engineer, Full stack developer, Infrastructure engineer, Platform engineer, Reliability engineer, Site reliability engineer, Level 6 Digital and technology solutions professional (integrated degree).

Professional recognition and certification:
You will be able to apply for entry onto the professional Register of IT Technicians (RITTech) to benchmark and confirm your professional competence. Apprenticeship progression routes are also available in a relevant pathway of the BSc Digital and Technology Solutions Degree.

End Point Assessment:
All Apprenticeships end with the End Point Assessment (EPA). This is completed by a third party, the End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO). The EPA encompasses the evaluation of all of the work completed throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship.

For the Level 4 DevOps Engineer Apprenticeship, the EPA consists of:

  • A Project with Practical Assessment
  • A Professional Discussion
    The apprentice will only enter the EPA ‘Gateway’ once the Employer is content that the apprentice is working at or above the occupational standard. In making this decision, the in-work mentor may take advice from Firebrand, but the decision must ultimately be made by them.
  • The EPAO determines when all other Gateway requirements have been met, and the EPA period will only commence once the EPAO has confirmed this.
  • The EPA assessment period in Gateway can be anything from 4 weeks to 6 months.Curriculum:
    The software development lifecycle, the various methodologies and the roles and responsibilities within the software development stages. This will equip learners to work across the various stages of the SDLC.Foundational programming skills in Python including TDD concepts and use of unit testing frameworks.

    Core knowledge and understanding of fundamental DevOps values, practices, and techniques in a framework-agnostic learning
    Design and implementation of DevOps processes and practices through combination of people, process, and technology in order to deliver products and services that meet business and end user needs.

    Key cloud security issues, best practices and demonstrate technical knowledge and skills required to manage information security in the cloud.


    • BCS Level 4 Diploma in Software Development Methodologies
    • CSA Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge
    • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer
    • BCS Foundation Certificate in DevOps exam
    • Google Cloud DevOps Engineer
    • Microsoft Certified Azure DevOps Engineer

    For further information, please contact:
    02033 711 041

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