Job Description


THE ROKE ACADEMY – Run in partnership with Hatch


Opportunity Overview

The Roke Academy aims to uncover aspiring Software Developers with longevity in other careers, and empower them with the right skills through a salaried training programme before transitioning into their full-time roles at Roke.

All you need to do is register for our digital skills assessment today (that’s right, no CVs here) and consider your application made. No prior workplace experience is required, or even relevant study.

So, do you have what it takes to improve the world through innovation at Roke?

About Hatch

Hatch is your recruitment and training provider for this opportunity. The team will manage your application & assessment process, and if you’re successful, your training period as well.

About Roke

Roke is a leading UK innovator in science and engineering. For over 60 years we’ve been improving the world through innovation by combining the physical and digital in new ways. We create technologies and products to solve real world technical challenges and help deliver critical missions for our customers.

The Academy Process

  • Digital Skills Assessment

We look for skills and character over credentials. No CVs here.

  • Virtual Webinar

Once you’ve registered for the opportunity, you’ll be invited to join one of our bi-weekly virtual webinars where you can meet the Hatch team, hear from senior leaders at Roke and learn more about this programme’s requirements.

  • Interview & Hire

If you’re successful in the digital skills assessment, you’ll be invited to a short preliminary interview with the Hatch team. On successful application to the training programme, you will start life as a Roke employee with a competitive salary plus pension for the duration of the training programme and your ongoing employment

  • Academy Phase One: Technical Skills (13 Weeks – Salaried Training)

The first phase of your training will develop all the skills for success as a Software Developer at Roke.

  • Academy Phase Two: Embedded L&D (11 Weeks – Salaried Training)

The second phase of your training will see you apply the skills you’ve already learnt to live projects and solving known business problems.

  • Deploy

On satisfactory completion of the training programme you will receive a salary review and enrolment into a generous benefits package.

What skills do I need to apply?

Due to the nature of this position and the projects you’ll work across, Roke will require you to be eligible to achieve DV (Developed Vetting) clearance. As a result, you should be a British National and have resided in the UK for the last 10 years. The clearance vetting process will take place over the course of your training programme and will be managed by Roke.

While Roke is always looking for world-leading engineers and experts, they’re as interested in your skills, attitude, thinking and enthusiasm as your grades, work experience and certifications. Below you’ll find an overview of the skills & behaviours best suited to becoming a Software Developer at Roke. Don’t worry if you can’t tick all the boxes, so long as you’re passionate, we’ll help you unleash your full potential.

Technical Skills:

  • Programming languages
  • Cloud
  • DevOps
  • Embedded software
  • Familiarisation with Agile methodology
  • Programming languages: Java & Python

Behaviours & Characteristics:

  • Curiosity & a willingness to never stop learning
  • Self-awareness & humility
  • Resilience, adaptability & focus
  • Customer-centric with a commercial appreciation
  • Strong team-working, delegation & time management
  • Reliable & dependable

How much will I be paid?

Reflecting your existing life skills and competencies, the Roke Academy programme will pay you a living wage of £30,000 for the duration of your training and then ongoing employment plus enrol you into the pension scheme.

Once you graduate the academy and move into a Roke team, you will receive a salary review of up to £45,000, plus enrolment into the full generous benefits package.

Does my location matter?

Whilst the training programme is delivered virtually for the most part, you will be expected to attend workshops and events at Roke’s offices in Salford/Manchester. Once you’ve completed your training, you will be working full-time in the Salford/Manchester office.

Ready to start defining your career in tech and become a Roke Software Developer?

Apply today!

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: From £30,000.00 per year


  • Company pension


  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Salford, M50 2ST: reliably commute or be willing to relocate with an employer-provided relocation package (required)

Work authorisation:

  • United Kingdom (required)

Work Location: In person

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