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Dorset Software

Graduate Developers - Oxford
Location Oxford
Starts ASAP
Deadline ASAP

Become a Graduate Developer

Did you realise that your STEM degree could lead to a top IT career and a recognised qualification in Software Development?

Location: Oxford

What you will be doing

Dorset Software is a leading provider of IT consultancy services. We deliver innovative software development programmes to a range of high-profile clients spanning multiple industries.

We have rewarding opportunities for graduates or PhD postgraduates to join our consulting team. No previous experience is needed as our comprehensive training programme covers everything you need to know to become a first-class developer.

Working either in-house or at client sites, you’ll become proficient in a wide range of skills including cloud infrastructure, programming, application engineering and testing. After just 2 years you’ll gain a Level 4, government accredited qualification in Software Development and can expect to be earning around £48,000.

We have a happy working environment with exceptional work-life balance. Join our welcoming and supportive team, start a brilliant career and make friends for life!

What you will have

  • You have at least a 2:1 degree or PhD in a STEM subject, plus an excellent academic background
  • You have excellent problem solving skills
  • You have an ability to quickly adapt to new situations
  • You have brilliant interpersonal skills
  • You have a passion for technology and motivation to quickly develop a wide range of development skills
    You have a willingness to travel and work at client sites across the UK

Company benefits

- Salary of £27,000 during initial 5-month training period, rising to £30,240 on completion

- Flexible start dates

- 5 months full time training at our dedicated Training Centre in Poole

- A government accredited qualification in Software Development

- Regular salary reviews

- Transparent and structured career progression

- Flexible working hours and holiday provision

- A relaxed work environment

- Job variety working with blue-chip and public sector clients on a number of unique projects

- Company pension scheme

- Regular subsidised sporting and social events

- Onsite bike parking and shower facilities

- An unlimited supply of chocolate biscuits, or fresh fruit for the health conscious!

Learn more about Dorset Software

We are Dorset Software

Dorset Software is a leading provider of IT consultancy services, with offices in both Oxford and Poole. We deliver innovative software development programmes to a range of high-profile clients spanning multiple industries.

Working at Dorset Software


IT experience is an advantage but not a prerequisite. Our comprehensive training programme gives you all the skills you need to thrive in a commercial software environment. After 2 years of working with a diverse range of clients, you’ll not only have gained a wealth of live development experience, but also a formal Level 4 qualification in Software Development.

With a relaxed environment, exceptional work-life balance and sociable colleagues, Dorset Software is the ideal place to start your career.

Our recruitment process is one of the simplest and friendliest around. Take our 5-minute survey, then send us your CV and cover letter when prompted. After that it’s a short and informal video chat, followed by an introduction to the company, meet some of the team and a face to face interview at our Poole office. No tests or assessments!

Case Study: Matt

Role: Developer

University: Queen Mary University of London

Degree: MSci Mathematics, PhD Mathematical Sciences

After completing my studies I was interested to find out what opportunities were available in the IT industry. I came across the advertisement for positions at Dorset Software and applied. I didn’t have much IT experience but the work sounded really interesting. The interview process was very friendly and I was offered a job shortly after.

My first few months were spent completing a training course which included a range of modules. After training I worked at a number of client sites, working on websites and desktop applications. The work was varied across a number of industries including health care, finance, and online retail. Working at client sites is a great way to be exposed to different technologies and gave me valuable experience.

For the last three years I’ve worked on a team managing internal and client systems and every day is different. One day we could be deploying a new version of an application to a client system, the next day we could be solving a connectivity issue involving SQL server instances or creating a new set of virtual machines in the cloud. Covering different types of work in this way has really helped to improve my knowledge and skills.

The social side of Dorset Software is fantastic. There are lots of activities including summer parties organised by the company and informal weekly gatherings at the pub. There are also a number of sporting activities that are subsidised by the company. I would say that Dorset Software is a great place to start your career in IT.