George Fox – Sopra Banking

George Fox is an Apprentice Software Developer at Sopra Banking. Read our employer case study with Recruitment Advisor Jamie Ainley here.

What made you choose the apprenticeship route?

After dropping out of University, I thought doing an apprenticeship would be a good route to get into software development, which has always been my dream career. The hands on nature of an apprenticeship really suits me. I really enjoy learning on the job and putting into practice what I learn.

Please explain your role within the business and your day to day tasks/responsibilities:

I am a developer for the UK localisation team so I am responsible for creating, modifying, testing and debugging the existing code base to make it appropriate for the UK market. This currently involves a lot of work in COBOL.

How have your skills improved during the course of the apprenticeship?

I have learned a lot about programming while being here as well as learning more about the software life cycle. This is because I have been involved in all stages of development. I am also better at working within a team because most of the work we do is in teams.

How have your responsibilities changed since you started your apprenticeship?

I have been given more and more responsibilities the longer I have been here. I am now responsible for debugging and making changes to code without relying on others. I am also expected to contribute within team meetings and provide my own input.

Would you recommend doing an apprenticeship to other people interested in a career in Software Development?

Yes, I would definitely recommend it as I have learned so much already and I feel like learning on the job means you can apply what you learn very easily. It has also prepared me well for work after the apprenticeship as I have experience of how the company operates. You also get paid while learning which is nice as I am able to support myself.