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DevOps Engineer


Level 4


24 months

One-to-one support:

Every 4 weeks

You will achieve:

Level 4 DevOps Engineer BCS

Common job roles

  • Automation engineer
  • Build & release engineer
  • Deployment engineer
  • Devops engineer
  • Full stack developer


  • Infrastructure engineer
  • Platform engineer
  • Reliability engineer
  • Site reliability engineer

Programme delivery

Phase 1



Before your induction, a member of Estio’s Apprenticeship Onboarding team will contact you and your employer representative to discuss your job role and the apprenticeship standard. During this initial consultation, you will also begin your personalised Vocational Scorecard, which assesses your current skill levels against the apprenticeship standard.

The scorecard ensures we fully understand your starting point, so that we can work with your employer to develop an individual learning plan that is tailored to your needs, and gives you the best opportunity to achieve at the highest level.



Your induction will take place within the first two weeks of starting your employment and will be facilitated by the Onboarding team at your nearest Estio training centre. You will go through an overview of your chosen apprenticeship programme and be given details of what dedicated support is in place for you throughout your learning journey. In addition, you will receive login details for our Virtual Learning Environment, which you will use to complete both mandatory and optional training modules as part of your programme. Any outstanding diagnostic assessments and enrolment documents will be completed, and you can ask any last questions you may have before you formally begin your training.

Functional skills

Functional skills

We use BKSB tests to determine your current level of knowledge, to assess if you need further support with English and/or Maths.

If you do, our Functional Skills Training team will work with you to supply these skills. You will be supported through remote training sessions and workshops, which run for 3 days (for each).

Once you feel comfortable, you can sit the Level 2 Maths and/or English exams. These qualifications are equivalent to an A* – C (4-9) grade at GCSE, they are fully certified by City & Guilds and can be used to further enhance your CV and skillset.

Phase 2


Introduction to DevOps

What you will learn

  • The business value of DevOps
  • DevOps culture and mindset
  • The SDLC and Agile Development
  • UCD / UX and problem solving techniques
  • The DevOps roadmap

What you will learn

  • Linux distributions and the differences.
  • Getting a simple web app installed and running in Linux.
  • File systems and storage.
  • Package management.
  •  Basic Linux security concepts.
  • Managing services.
  • Bash scripts in bash for installing and setting up a web app.
  • SSH and SSH key authentication.
  • SCP and SFTP.
Cloud Platorms

What you will learn

  • Different cloud platforms and the tools and services offered by them.
  • Introduction to AWS.
  • Introduction to Azure.
  • Enabling DevOps with Cloud Platforms.
  • PaaS, IaaS, SaaS.
Infrastructure as Code

What you will learn

  • Introduction to Infrastructure as Code (IaC).
  • IaC ecosystem and tools for automation of the deployment pipeline (CI/CD).
  • Introduction to VM & Vagrant.
  • Introduction to Packer and Terraform.
  • A review of configuration management tools such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Saltstack, OpenStack Heat, Cloud Formation and others.
Immutable Infrastructure

What you will learn

  • Mutable and Immutable infrastructures
  • Introduction to Microservices and service-oriented architecture.
  • Introduction to containers using Docker and Docker-Compose.
  • Container orchestration and Kubernetes.
Databases: SQL & No-SQL

What you will learn

  • Common architectural patterns and their usage.
  • Databases, DevOps and PaaS.
  • Database bottlenecks.
  • Database challenges and how to overcome them.
  • Problem solving with databases.
  • Selecting the right database.
Scripting, Coding Linux & Automated Testing

What you’ll learn

  • Python fundamentals in DevOps.
  • Source and version control using Local and Remote git.
  • APIs: Types, specifications, documentation – REST.
  • Code refactoring best practices.
  • Solo programming, pairing and mobbing: Which is right?
  • Testing frameworks for different types of testing.
  • Test driven development.
  • V Model & practical test pyramid.
Continuous Integration & Delivery

What you will learn

  • Continuous integration, continuous delivery and continuous deployment.
  • CI overview and the advantages.
  • How CI fits in with DevOps culture.
  • Overview of the stages – commit, build, test and production deployment.
  • IAC and CI/CD typical tools and deployment types.
  • Introduction to CI/CD using Jenkins and Ansible.
  • Continuous deployment.

What you will learn

  • Legislation, governance and SLAs.
  • What are the main security threats?
  • Keeping your data secure – CIA.
  • Securing your system.
  • Security automation.
Monitoring & Alerting

What you will learn

  • Generating and managing logs.
  • Tools for monitoring, configuration management, alerting and metrics storage.
  • Third party software such as Solar Winds, NetScout, PRTG and Nagios.
  • Setting up, communicating and managing alerts and automation.
One-to-one support

One-to-one support

You will have a Technical Specialist and a Progress Management Co-ordinator (PMC) assigned to support you throughout your apprenticeship.

Your PMC will contact you every 4 weeks to discuss your progress made to date, check you’re understanding your training modules, and support you with gathering evidence for your portfolio. Every 12 weeks a review meeting will take place between you, your employer representative and your PMC to assess how your new learning and skills development is being applied in your job role and its impact on your wider industry skills.

The Technical Specialist will work with you to develop your portfolio of evidence for End Point Assessment, and with your employer representative to agree the various workplace projects you will be required to undertake. They will also support your employer representative to complete your Employer Reference, a document which highlights key behaviours you have demonstrated for the final assessment as part of the End Point Assessment.

In every one-to-one session, we will agree actions and SMART targets for you to complete, so that you can progress confidently and with the right support.

Your portfolio

Your portfolio

Throughout the apprenticeship, you will contribute evidence towards your online e-portfolio. We use e-portfolios as they are accessible from anywhere, and enable you to track your progress throughout your apprenticeship.

You’ll have access to your personal dashboard, which shows you a number of key milestones and deadlines coming up, such as the training you have completed, work that is due, and any gaps in your portfolio of evidence.

Your Technical Specialist and Progress Management Co-ordinator will be available to contact at any point throughout the apprenticeship and will advise you how to provide the best evidence.

Off-the-job training

Off-the-job training

Off-the-job (OTJ) training is comprised of, but not limited to activities such as: training with Estio, shadowing, journal entries and projects for e-portfolio. Completed within working hours as agreed with the employer but average at 6 hours per week (20% of your time on your apprenticeship).

You can track your OTJ progress on your e-portfolio.

Phase 3

Assessment Gateway, preparation & administration week

Assessment Gateway, preparation & administration week

Dedicated one-to-one sessions to support the learner as they head towards assessment, putting them in the best possible position for achievement.

Phase 4

End Point Assessment

End Point Assessment

You will be assessed by an End Point Assessment Organisation chosen by your employer. EPA can take up to 3-4 months to complete. This involves a professional discussion and a project and practical assessment.

The Independent Assessor will feedback the results (Pass, Merit or Distinction) and the ESFA will provide your certificate.