DevOps Engineer Apprenticeship

DevOps apprenticeships bring together IT operations and software development. It can be argued that DevOps is one of the most sought-after skillsets in the industry, building, testing and maintaining infrastructure and tools to allow for the speedy development and release of software, making a DevOps Engineer Apprenticeship a valuable qualification. DevOps was introduced as a culture to bridge the areas of development and operations, aiming to reduce waste and generate a greater return on investment for stakeholders and product owners.

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Skills gained with a DevOps Level 4 apprenticeship

A qualified Level 4 apprentice DevOps Engineer can:

  • Deploy immutable infrastructure, and install, manage and troubleshoot monitoring tools
  • Translate user needs into deliverable tasks
  • Assess identified and potential security threats and take appropriate action based on likelihood v impact
  • Navigate and troubleshoot stateful distributed systems, in order to locate issues across the end-to-end service
  • Employ a systematic approach to solving problems, using logic and hypotheses/experimentation to identify the source of issues
  • Engage in productive pair/mob programming
  • Write tests and follow Test Driven Development discipline in various different contexts

Key information

20 months plus assessment
Study modes
Online teaching, coaching and workplace development
Qualifications Achieved
Level 4 DevOps Engineer

Benefits of a DevOps apprenticeship

For employers

An apprentice DevOps engineer will help your business with:

  • Faster, better product delivery
  • Greater scalability and availability
  • Greater automation
  • Greater innovation
  • Better resource utilisation
  • Faster issue resolution and reduced complexity
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For learners

A DevOps apprenticeship will:

  • Open your skillset up to one of the most exciting roles in the digital sector
  • Provide you with a variety of different career opportunities for you across a range of IT roles
  • Help you to bring together the seamless collaboration between software development and IT infrastructure
  • Allow you to earn while you learn
  • Learn in a flexible environment
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Knowledge Gained

A DevOps apprenticeship will teach you a range of problem solving techniques appropriate to the task at hand, as well as general purpose programming and infrastructure-as-code. DevOps apprenticeships will also teach you how to use data ethically, and the implications of using data for wider society, as well as how the user experience sits at the heart of modern development practices. It will also teach you how best to secure data, what an API is, and the principles of cloud infrastructure and application code.

Programme Modules
Entry requirements
Apprenticeship Standard
Programme Modules

Programme Modules

  • Introduction to DevOps
  • Linux
  • Cloud Platforms
  • Infrastructure as Code
  • Immutable Infrastructure
  • Databases: SQL & No-SQL
  • Scripting, Coding and Automated Testing
  • Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery
  • Security
  • Monitoring and Alerting


Each apprenticeship course has a standard set of competencies – Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours – that are focused on throughout the programme. The Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours are evaluated through the End-Point Assessment (EPA), which is completed in the last month of the apprenticeship. The EPA is conducted by an external assessor, and will include the following elements that need to be completed in order to finish the apprenticeship.

  1. A professional discussion
  2. A project
  3. A practical assessment
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for a DevOps apprenticeship may vary depending on the requirements of the employer. Usually, a Level 3 qualification such as A Levels, NVQs, a BTEC or a Level 3 Apprenticeship will be required. Employers may also expect a minimum of 5 GCSEs with grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths. Apprentices that don’t have GCSE English and maths at the required level may need to undertake mandatory Functional Skills as part of the apprenticeship to achieve Level 2 prior to End-Point Assessment.



This apprenticeship programme costs £17,000, all covered through the Apprenticeship Levy. Even if your business doesn’t pay into the Levy, the government funds 95% of all apprenticeship training, with your business only paying 5%.

DevOps Engineer Apprenticeship Standard

DevOps Engineer Apprenticeship Standard

The DevOps Engineer Apprenticeship Standard outlines that the course is designed to enable organisations to get valuable working software out in front of active users and improving the quality of digital services. Duties carried out during a DevOps engineer apprenticeship include:

  • Scripting and coding in at least one general purpose language and at least one domain-specific language to orchestrate infrastructure, follow test driven development and ensure appropriate test coverage.
  • Initiating and facilitating knowledge sharing and technical collaboration with teams and individuals with a focus on supporting development of team members.
  • Engaging in productive pair/mob programming to underpin the practice of peer review.
  • Working as part of an agile team and exploring new ways of working, rapidly responding to changing user needs.
  • Building and operating a Continuous Integration (CI) capability, employing version control of source code and related artefacts.

Why choose our DevOps engineer apprenticeship?

Estio is a leading provider of digital and technology apprenticeship programmes, offering a comprehensive apprenticeship course informed by industry expertise, and delivered remotely to ensure enough flexibility for your apprentice’s needs to be suited.

What does a DevOps apprentice do?

A DevOps engineer apprentice works alongside other members of agile development teams, IT and business departments, and third-party suppliers. They ensure that valuable, working software is made available to users frequently and safely, reducing time to market and improving the quality of digital services.

What is a DevOps apprenticeship?

The DevOps Engineer apprenticeship programme encompasses multiple stages of the software development life cycle, displaying how to automate processes around development, testing and release for continuous integration of new features, and subsequent continuous delivery of a software product.

Job roles for DevOps apprentices

  • DevOps engineer
  • Infrastructure engineer
  • Platform engineer
  • Reliability engineer
  • Site reliability engineer
  • Build and release engineer
  • Automation engineer
  • Full stack developer
  • Deployment engineer

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