DevOps Engineers are focused on implementing and facilitating the use of DevOps practices within a business. This encompasses multiple stages of the software development life cycle, automating processes around development, testing and release for continuous integration of new features, and subsequent continuous delivery of a product.

DevOps Engineers will typically work as part of a larger team and will need context of both the development and technical operations aspects of a project in order to streamline communication between teams. They are expected to interpret design documentation and specifications defined and delivered by specialist members of the team, such as a business analyst or technical architect.

DevOps Engineers need:

  • Strong logical reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • A methodical, step-by-step approach
  • Attention to detail
  • Business skills like effective communication, teamwork and task/time management
  • The ability to troubleshoot issues where needed
  • The ability to work under direction, use discretion and determine when to escalate issues

To help you determine whether a candidate (a new hire or existing employee) will be working in a suitable job role to successfully complete this programme, you must be able to answer “yes” to the following questions.

  • Will they be doing a full-time technical role revolving around coding, operations and the cloud?
  • Will they be responsible for infrastructure and code pipeline projects and tasks?
  • Will they be responsible for writing scripts and automation tasks?
  • Will they be responsible for project-wide environment management both locally and in the cloud?
  • Will they be responsible with deployment of code into enterprise environments?
  • Will they be actively involved with coding in at least one programming language?
  • Will they be working with databases and connecting to databases?

By completing the DevOps Engineer Level 4 apprenticeship, learners will earn the following qualifications:

Level 4 DevOps Engineer

As well as being assessed on their technical knowledge, learners are also assessed on their ability to demonstrate the following competencies through their portfolio and interview.

This ensures balanced development – as the competency standards provide a greater emphasis on the importance of both technical and soft skills relevant to their role in the workplace.

QA DLCs will help apprentices build their portfolio and record these skills throughout the programme.

Logic and Problem Solving

  • Write good quality code with sound syntax in at least one language
  • Apply good practice approaches according to the relevant paradigm (OOP, TDD)
  • Apply structured techniques to problem solving
  • Debug code and understand the structure of programmes

CI/CD

  • Understand all stages of the software development lifecycle, with increasing breadth and depth over time with initial focus on deployment of projects
  • Utilise skills to build, manage and deploy code into enterprise environments
  • Apply automation and scripting techniques to streamline any and all activities within development, testing and deployment

Environment Management

  • Design and deploy environments on an individual and group/project-wide scale
  • Manage environments both locally and within the cloud

Business Skills

  • Respond to the business environment and business issues related to software development.
  • Operate effectively in their own business’s, their customers’ and the industry’s environments.
  • Understand how teams work effectively to produce software and contribute appropriately.

Skills and Behaviours

Apprentices will also need to show they have demonstrated the following skills and behaviours in their role:

  • Logical and creative thinking skills.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Able to work independently and to take responsibility.
  • Use own initiative.
  • Take a thorough and organised approach.
  • Able to work with a range of internal and external people.
  • Able to communicate effectively in a variety of situations.
  • Maintain a productive, professional and secure working environment.

The modules in our DevOps Engineer apprenticeship equip learners with the advanced technical skills they need for their role. Each module develops the core set of skills they must be able to do well to be competent.

In each module, learners will ‘discover’, ‘practice’ and ‘apply’ what they’ve learned. This helps them put their newly-found knowledge into action back at work.

There are 6 modules to complete with the following learning outcomes.

Module 1: DevOps Culture and Methodologies

Module duration: 8 weeks | Classroom attendance: 3 days

This module will introduce learners to the common practices whilst working in a DevOps environment, including Agile, Scrum, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery. The module also introduces the fundamentals of Cloud Computing alongside Version Control with Git.

This will include:

  • Agile values, characteristics
  • Scrum roles, artefacts, values
  • Estimation and Planning
  • DevOps as a Culture
  • Intro to Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery
  • Environments and Containers
  • Infrastructure Consistency
  • Cloud Introduction
  • Cloud Deployment Models
  • Introduction to Source Control
  • Git Fundamentals
  • Git cloning and forking
  • Merging and reverting
  • Pull requests
  • Jenkins build server – intro, install, configuration
  • Managing and running builds
  • Version control and Jenkins

Module 2: Coding Fundamentals

Module duration: 8 weeks | Classroom attendance: 7 days

This module will focus on the developer skills needed for learners to create applications through Python with connected databases, practicing TDD and OOP when applicable.

This will include:

  • Python Programming Basics
  • Working in TDD
  • Data Types
  • Control Flow, Iteration
  • Lists and Arrays
  • Functions
  • Working with Files
  • Python and Databases
  • Python OOP
  • Collections and Generics
  • Testing in Python
  • SOLID principles

Module 3: Networking and Security

Module duration: 8 weeks | Classroom attendance: 3 days

This module will introduce learners to networking and security principles both generally and within a DevOps context.

This will include:

  • Networking Basics
  • Networking Models
  • Routing and IP Addresses
  • Network Address Translation
  • Security
  • Security Basics
  • Authentication and Authorization
  • Security Attacks
  • Passwords
  • Hashing vs Encrypting vs Encoding
  • Introduction to DevSecOps
  • Pen Testing, DAST & SAST

Module 4: Linux and DevOps Tooling

Module duration: 12 weeks | Classroom attendance: 7 days

This module will take a deep-dive into the build and environment tools within DevOps, discussing the design and construction of pipelines within DevOps CI/CD to support application development, building, testing and release within a local and cloud-based context.

This will include:

  • Resource sharing
  • Docker compose, Docker swarm
  • Containerisation Security principles
  • Kubernetes Introduction
  • kubectl Pods
  • Namespaces
  • ConfigMaps
  • Labels & Selectors
  • Sidecar Model
  • Logging
  • Prometheus Configuring with Kubernetes
  • Managing Container Resources
  • Network Polices
  • Secrets
  • Security Contexts
  • Basic cloud configuration (AWS)
  • Linux files and directories, management of files
  • Linux file structure
  • Linux bash interpreter and terminal
  • Linux user and file administration, ownership, sudo
  • Data streams, pipes, filters
  • Scripting in Linux
  • Linux Networking and Security
  • Creating artefacts
  • Pipeline as Code
  • Pipeline security
  • NGINX Introduction and Configuration
  • HTTP Reverse Proxy Configuration
  • Web Server Configuration
  • Containerisation basics
  • Building and deploying containers
  • Creating Dockerfiles, managing Docker volumes

Module 5: DevOps Infrastructure

Module duration: 12 weeks | Classroom attendance: 5 days

This module will focus on the developer skills needed for learners to create applications through Python with connected databases, practicing TDD and OOP when applicable.

This will include:

  • Introduction to APIs
  • Building APIs
  • Ansible Introduction
  • Inventory
  • Playbooks
  • Variables
  • Ansible Tower
  • Terraform Introduction
  • HashiCorp Configuration language
  • Data types, variables
  • Providers and Resources
  • Terraform Syntax
  • Configuration file discovery

Module 6: Cloud Computing Specialisation

Module duration: 8 weeks | Classroom attendance: N/A

This module will focus on the specifics of a cloud vendor – AWS, Azure or GCP – including developing and architecting DevOps solutions and pipelines on the platform.

This will include:

  • AWS, Azure or GCP
  • Core services – computing, storage, networking
  • Security Services, Monitoring and Auditing
  • Developing with the platform
  • CI/CD
  • Web application building
  • Decoupled apps
  • Code committing and deployment
  • API management
  • Architecting with the platform
  • Migrating to the cloud, business usage
  • Serverless Computing, Serverless Functions
  • Lambda, APIs, storage and databases
  • Containerisation and container releases

Gateway and End-Point Assessment

Consolidation, Preparation and Assessment (Online)

Duration: 5 learner-led weeks + EPA

This final component will get learners ready to go through the ‘gateway’. The apprenticeship gateway is an internal QA process. It will ensure that your learner’s work is ready to be assessed by BCS. This exists to increase their chances of success.

At this pre-gateway stage learners will:

  • Consolidate and submit their portfolio
  • Conduct a mock EPA

In addition to the items above, learners must have successfully completed all the Functional Skills exams (except exempted learners).

Once learners have met all the above criteria, they will go through the gateway. When approved, it takes 3 months from gateway to achievement.

During this time, learners will:

  • Complete their project
  • Complete their professional discussion

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