Software testing company appoints first graduate apprentice in Manchester

Software testing company, Edge Testing, has rolled its Academy as a Service offer out across the North West of England, opening up fast-track job opportunities within the digital sector for the region’s graduates, school leavers and career changers.

Edge Testing Solutions, part of Eurofins Digital Testing, is continuing to build its Manchester-based team, securing contracts for its Academy as a Service resourcing offer – and has appointed a former IT teacher, Steve Walsh, as its first graduate apprentice in the region.

Manchester-born Steve’s new role as a Test Consultant provides him with the opportunity to put IT theory into practice, by returning back to ‘school’ after responding to an advertisement for Edge Testing’s Academy – Steve is now a part of the Edge team, working with experienced testers, career changers, and new qualified graduates in the North West office.

David Singleton, regional manager for England and Wales at software testing company, Edge Testing, said: “Steve is part of our Academy as a Service offer, which benefits both employees as a fast-track development program, and enables clients to develop their own ‘super-charged’ testing resources without the burden of recruitment.”

Steve did not have any specific software testing experience or qualifications, but he had previously worked as an IT teacher, so his knowledge level was right for this career change.

He said: “Software testing is an interesting field, where every day is different. I used to do sudoku puzzles and I have strong attention to detail, so I’m a real geek when it comes to knowing how apps and tech work. That’s very useful in this new career.

“Testing is not a physically demanding job, so I can stay in this role for the foreseeable future and not have to think about retirement. I would like to become a Test Automation Engineer. The thought of using software to test software is fascinating and, in test automation, you’re learning all the time, it’s just like solving a puzzle. It’s a very engaging field that is both challenging and creative, so it’s not going to be boring – ever.”



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