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Degree Apprentice Software Engineer

Job Reference: 00001370
Date Posted: 21 April 2017
Employer: Minibems
Location: Exeter, Devon, UK
Salary: £12,000 to £18,000
Sector: I.T. & Communications; Science & Technology
Job Type: Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
Closing Date: 08 July 2017

Job Description

In partnership with the University of Exeter, Minibems is recruiting for a front end web developer who has a willingness to develop their backend developer skillset. The role will involve refining the Minibems web app which allows users to remotely monitor and control heating system equipment using our online dashboards.

We are looking for a self-starter willing to learn a variety of new skills with the ability to manage their own tasks/ workload and contribute to strategic decision making.

Minibems is a young IOT start-up that integrates traditional heating systems with embedded computing and the cloud to reduce carbon emissions and financial costs. Minibems is an exciting start-up poised to disrupt a number of established industries.

We develop software to control and monitor large heating systems with the aim of reducing costs, carbon emissions and increasing the ease of installation and operation of complex heating systems. This is achieved through embedded controllers providing real-time control and monitoring of equipment throughout the heat network. The controllers are connected to our web app through the cloud which provides remote real-time monitoring and control.

The Role


Develop and Improve the user interface of the Minibems web app.

Collaborate with embedded systems developers to build new functionality into the Minibems software offering. This will require the integration of our embedded software, an online server and database and the Minibems web application. The ideal candidate will initially be working on the front end but be willing to develop a skill set to work on the back end as well


We would be looking for a candidate willing to take on responsibility within our web developer team and begin managing key work packages.

As the candidate develops their skillset and becomes immersed in the project and team it will be expected for them to start contributing to strategic decisions in regards to product development.

Typical Working week:

The candidate will need to spend 30 hours a week in the Minibems office spread over four days. The core hours are 10am – 4pm.

Typically up to one day per working week will be spent working on content delivered by the University through an online learning environment. You will also attend three residentials of three to four days’ duration at the University during an academic year. As the company is based at the university there is a unique opportunity to be able to easily access academic staff and resources the entire week.

The Candidate

Skills Required: 

Essential skills

Front end development experience / home projects.
Experience with HTML 5, CSS3, javascript.
Ability to easily communicate technical ideas to a non-technical audience.

Preferable skills

Back end development experience/ home projects.
Experience with PHP.
Servers and databases.

Bonus skills

Single-board computers e.g Raspberry Pi, BeagleBoard, Arduino.

Personal Qualities: 

Ability to work in a fast paced working environment where priorities and strategy can change quickly as a result of market feedback.

Required – Team player, Self-starter, Strategic thinker.
Beneficial – Commercially and business minded.


Candidates will be expected to satisfy the entry requirements for this degree apprenticeship set by the University of Exeter. The typical offer is AAB at A-Level, or equivalent. Where candidates are awaiting exam results, any offer made will be conditional on meeting the entry requirements.

Candidates are invited to contact the University to discuss their eligibility if required. Please contact the Student Recruitment team - details by clicking APPLY NOW.


Reality Check

The successful candidates will spend a large amount of their time writing code on a computer.


Suitable candidates should apply directly to Minibems Ltd. Please send a CV and covering letter expressing your suitability for this role and reasons for applying. To get the contact details click APPLY NOW.