Trainee Software Developer

  • Full Time
  • London
  • Work Visa Required

Website 8th Light

Trainee Software Crafter

Locations: London

Take the first step to prepare for a career as a software developer at 8th Light.

About Us

Do you want an opportunity to work with top companies solving interesting business challenges through technology? Do you want a job where you will face new challenges every single day and have continual opportunities to learn and teach while being surrounded by enthusiastic and energising coworkers? Do you want to work in a supportive environment where curiosity is rewarded? Then talk to us!

As an employee-owned software consultancy, we consider software development a craft. Our team of expert developers and designers hold the title of ‘Crafter’ to reflect our dedication to quality, our emphasis on continual learning, and our belief that software is truly a craft—something that we take pride in, and value highly. We value colleagues who enjoy learning and teaching, which creates our collaborative organisation.

About Our Training Programme

We know that getting that first software job can be tough.  Many organisations require you to have years of experience or a computer science degree for that first role. At 8th Light, we invest in people even if you haven’t had the chance yet to demonstrate and grow their software skills.

Our paid training programme is a focused period of learning centered around becoming a disciplined, skilled, well-rounded software crafter capable of delivering high-quality software and consulting to our clients.

Under the guidance of a team of experienced mentors, Trainee Software Crafters will embark on a process designed to hone their programming, client service, collaboration, leadership and communication skills. They learn on their own while committing to, and completing a variety of projects in different languages. They learn to lead by example, provide and receive honest feedback and answer the questions a client might not ask.

Towards the end of the programme, Trainee Software Crafters spend time shadowing and pairing with 8th Light crafters on client projects. The programme ends with a demonstration of their work that is evaluated by a review board of 8th Light crafters.


You’ve built software before, maybe not in a professional setting, but you’re an avid learner and are highly driven to improve your skills. Successful applicants generally have:

  • An understanding of at least one programming language.
  • A basic understanding of Test-Driven Development.
  • Professional working experience (not necessarily in software).

We understand that sometimes lists of qualifications might cause feelings of imposter syndrome. We truly hope to hear from you.

Expectations of a Crafter 

Upon successful completion of the training programme, you’ll join 8th Light’s team of developers and designers as a Crafter. In this role, you will:

  • Pair and collaborate with teammates to deliver quality software.
  • Mentor Trainee Software Crafters and client employees based on 8th Light best practices.
  • Work with clients to report progress and plan future projects.

About 8th Light

We recognise that creating a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive organisation is an ongoing journey, and we’re excited to share our journey with you. We have a proud tradition of hiring talented colleagues with unusual career experiences. We’re more interested in your experiences, results, and impact than brand names, degrees, or keywords that may appear on your resume.

8th Light is a remote-friendly organisation.

8th Light is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment. Applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.


Our Timeline

We hire a cohort who will start their training in late August. Here’s the timeline you can expect with our hiring process.

Application Opens- 2 April 2021

Applications Close- 12 May 2021

All Video and Phone Screens Complete- late May 2021

Take Home Technical Assessment- June 2021

Virtual interviews (Pairing and Non Technical Interview)- July 2021

Offers complete- early August 2021

Training begins- late August/early September

Virtual Welcome Week – 13-17 September 2021

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