Smith Institute would like to appoint a full-time Digital Solutions Engineer Apprentice (Digital and Technology Solutions).

Would you like to undertake a Degree Apprenticeship at a well-established company at the forefront of innovation? Would you like to join a team of inspiring people?

About the Role

Smith Institute would like to appoint a friendly and approachable Digital Solutions Engineer apprentice to join a busy team responsible for business systems, infrastructure and computing in a rapidly evolving IT environment.

The successful candidate will work towards a BSc (Honours) Degree in Digital and Technology Solutions (Level 6) through the Open University’s Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship Programme, specialising in Software Engineering, Cyber Security or Data Analysis. In addition, the successful candidate will be encouraged and given time to work towards other professional certifications, such as AWS Certification.

You will work as part of a supportive team using cutting-edge cloud technologies to develop, maintain and update the systems we rely on for efficient and uninterrupted work.

You will use remote access tools to provide timely support to your colleagues and will work with project teams creating innovative solutions for our customers.

The role is a dynamic mix of home and office-based working.

About you

We wish to hear from applicants who are proficient computer users and have an excellent understanding of computer hardware and software, including operating systems, memory and storage, the fundamentals of computer networks and the fundamentals of cyber security. You need to be an analytical, creative problem solver, with some knowledge of algorithms and programming. You will need to be able to demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills and be a well-organised multi-tasker. Any previous hands-on technical experience (hardware or software)whether at home, school or in a club, would be very beneficial. You will have (or be predicted) three good A levels, including maths and computer science, or equivalent qualifications.

Ideally you will live in easy reach of our office in Oxford.

Candidates must have eligibility to live and work in the UK. The Smith Institute is not in a position to sponsor visa applications for foreign nationals.

About us

Our core company values are claritycreativitymotivation, support and integrity and the Smith Institute is proud to be a Mindful Employer with MHFA England certified Mental Health First Aiders. For all members of staff, we offer an excellent pension scheme with generous company contributions.

We use core expertise in mathematical modelling and data analysis to bring fresh thinking and new solutions to the challenges faced by our clients. We are at the forefront of the business applications of mathematics, focusing on offering key capabilities in forecasting, algorithm design, risk modelling, optimisation, data analytics and algorithm auditing.

We want your career with the Institute to be successful and we will support your development in return for your commitment.

Further particulars are available from

Why work at the Smith Institute?

  • Flexible working for all – work your contracted hours at times that best suit you and our customers, at home, in the office or as a mixture of both 
  • Health and well-being support – Smith Institute provides up to three months’ contractual sick pay, have qualified Mental Health First Aiders, a Mindful Employer Plus membership and offer additional leave allowance to care for close family members 
  • Social events – most months our Social Committee organise events and we also have ongoing activities, including pub socials, a book club, a fantasy football league and a board games library 
  • Employee benefits – employee discount platform and Employee assistance programme 
  • Enhanced leave – bereavement, dependency, maternity, paternity & shared parental leave 
  • Mentoring – from colleagues and leading academics 
  • Generous pension scheme with Life Assurance and income protection 
  • All IT equipment provided and maintained 
  • Interesting and challenging work with purpose 

Further details

To apply please send a full CV (including the details of two referees and your availability to start work) and a covering letter to Your covering letter should explain your interest in and suitability for the role. At least one of  your two referees must be an academic referee e.g. a teacher or head of year. Either your CV or your covering letter must show your exam grades and predicted exam grades. Either your covering letter or your CV must contain your contact details, including your address. Applications that do not contain the required information described here will not be considered. Applications may be held for up to 6 months. You may request deletion of your application sooner by emailing