October 21, 2020

IBM Women in Tech Development Programme

This is an exclusive opportunity to participate in a BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) Level 3 Software Development Technician development programme powering the progress of women-owned businesses located in England. IBM, Skills4Stem, a certified women’s business enterprise, and WEConnect International in Europe have partnered to provide this Level 3 Software Development Technician programme for majority women-owned businesses in England who are interested in developing and growing their business. The programme is being funded by IBM’s surplus apprenticeship levy. The programme will be delivered over 18 months from January 2021 in 2-day block sessions. The training sessions will inspire, encourage and empower future growth and development in these women-owned businesses.

Classroom Delivery
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Half Day
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Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
ealth & Wellbeing
Session 6
Session 7
BCS Exam Revision
Professional Career Development
EPA Prep
* Induction · Overview of BCS * Exam & End Point Assessment
* BCS competence framework * Introduction to Software Development * Software Development tools overview
* Contexts and environments * Software methodologies * Software roles & responsibilities
* Software applications * Software development lifecycle & testing
Group ePortfolio workshop
* Configuration management & version control * Implementing & integrating code
* Time Management * Stress Management * Mental Health awareness
* Functional & non-functional requirements * End user context * Databases, data storage & application
* Good coding practices * Good interface design * Software security
Exam Prep and Programme Revision
Invigilated Exam
· Integrity and ethics · Compliance and professionalism · Professional registration
* Group ePortfolio workshop * End Point Assessment Prep & Revision

Programme Eligibility

Applications to participate in the programme are open to all owners and staff from majority women-owned businesses in England and the business must be either registered or certified with WEConnect International before the first day of the programme. Registration is free and can be done online.

Maths and English requirement: all participants will be required to provide Skills4Stem with scanned copies of certificates proving they have achieved Grade A-C in their Maths and English GCSE or equivalent. For participants who cannot provide these, it will be compulsory to do their Functional Skills Maths and English Level 2 during the programme.

Delivery Location

The knowledge delivery of the programme will be taught online with monthly 1-2-1 competency/ePortfolio visits made to each individuals workplace as agreed with each candidate. The online taught sessions will run from 9.30am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated.


The programme is free, but participants will be responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation costs (where applicable).

Apply Now

Applications will be open until 6pm GMT on Friday 20th November. Applicants will be notified within 10 working days after the closing date as to whether they have been successful or not. Applicants are expected to attend all the sessions, unless otherwise agreed in advance. Apply online

This programme will be delivered by Skills4Stem Ltd – UKPRN 10062041: www.skills4stem.com