The Academy

We're dedicated to empowering brilliant people to do amazing things. Come and join our 70+ talented and diverse people – split across Full-stack Developers, Automated Testers, UX Designers, Service Designers, PMs and Solution Architects – who pride themselves on being passionate, engaged and experts, and constantly push themselves to develop an outcome that is truly customer-centric.

The Answer Academy

The Answer Academies are unique, exciting programmes that equip ambitious graduates with the most contemporary technical skills and process understanding to join our ‘best in industry’ project teams. 

We run five different Academies every quarter, spanning:

  • - .NET Development
  • - Java Development
  • - Integration Engineering
  • - Automation Testing
  • - Project Management

The programmes are run by our supportive digital experts and combines structured training, self-learning and hands-on mentoring. While the focus is on key foundation knowledge and understanding, ongoing skills and aptitude assessment helps graduates prepare for agile project delivery. A challenging, fast-paced project phase towards the end of the programmes makes sure all graduates get a great insight into one of today’s most dynamic and rewarding industries.

CAREER PROGRESSION:

By graduating the Answer Academy, you will be equipped to work as part of a live project. This role will involve working in agile teams to deliver innovative solutions for Answer Digital’s customers. Our Academy graduates often progress at pace after completing these programmes. We have seen one of our graduates progress from ‘Graduate’ to ‘Lead Consultant’ in just 3 years after 3 successive promotions! – And this isn’t an exception!

WHAT OUR ACADEMY GRADUATES SAY: 

"Answer Digital completely changed my career. I was a teacher and it kick-started my career in the Tech industry from a beginner to a Software Developer. For a woman in technology, Academy supports you - lots of support, including from another woman developer. Other Academies have lots of people. With Answer you get dedicated attention and a personal learning experience

The Answer Academy gives exactly the same opportunities as everyone else. Answer Digital’s Academy can take people in as a beginner at whatever stage of their career. And it’s not just about learning coding. It’s also learning the project experience - how things look in the real world"

- Tessa May graduated from Answer Digital’s Developer Academy 2018 and is now a mentor

"Constantly throughout the Academy standards are very high. It was really good to work with people at all levels. You are empowered to use your own initiative and this is instilled at Answer. You are given independence from get go, it’s not just seen as training

I successfully graduated and was promoted in 3 months. I felt rewarded, confident and it made it seem very real. Getting promoted from Answer, I felt recognised for having gained the skills required in that time. Since the Academy, there has been  velocity and momentum in my career and skills. It’s now up to me to keep the momentum and progression. The Academy sets the stage"

Cameron Hunter, graduated Answer Digital Test Academy 2020 and is now a mentor

"The culture is so different to where I worked before and in a really good way. People at Answer Digital really care. Being told I can do it, getting feedback from everyone within the Academy at all levels in Answer Digital, and this includes not just mentors. I felt I was part of the team from the word go! 

The standard was and is high! Answer believed in my capabilities and I felt really invested and very supported. Graduating felt really inclusive, continued onto a live project and I had as much work as everyone else. There is a big workload and lots to do, it’s made easier by the culture, having a laugh and making good friends"

- Kash Javed graduated from the Answer Developer Academy 2020 and is now a mentor

"I had a desire to learn and direct my career and applied to the Answer Digital Academy. I found the Answer Academy to be very welcoming and had great values.  It really matched my desire and drive to learn, having no prior software development experience

I was able to get along with the team really well and everyone is very friendly. The Academy is well structured, organised  and provides an overview of all the skills you will need to work on a project. It is intense, but you are provided with a lot of support. On graduating, it really provides a sense of achievement and accomplishment - the Answer Academy was a really good experience" 

- Jordan Shenolikar graduated from the Answer Developer Academy 2020 and is now a mentor 



Academy Project Manager

The Answer Project Manager Academy is a 12-week programme that equips talent with the most contemporary project management skills and process understanding, and fast-tracks them to become project ready Answer Project Manager
This programme combines structured training, self-learning and hands-on Agile project management while giving you the opportunity to understand the role of an agile project manager within an agile delivery context. The programme also provides excellent mentorship from our team of digital project manager experts, those on the Academy learn directly from those pushing the boundaries in live Answer projects.

Answer Digital is a successful digital transformation agency based in Leeds City Centre. We are looking for an experienced and passionate Project Manager to work as part of our delivery teams in the health sector enabling successful outcomes for our clients

Job Type: Academy Project Manager
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire (Upon Academy graduation, role may include travel, if/when project requires it)
Suitable forAutomation Engineer
Salary: Academy Salary; upon graduation salary increase + bonus + pension + career development

Responsibilities include:

  • Co-ordination, management and delivery of agreed project objectives
  • Managing risks and issues

The Successful applicant:

  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience working within an agile / waterfall environment
  • Experience of building strong trust-based relationships with senior stakeholders
  • Excellent communication, influencing, persuasion and engagement skills
  • Good analysis, problem solving and project management skills
  • Experience of initiating, planning, facilitating and motivating project teams and being accountable for the successful delivery of project engagements
  • Have an interest in technology
  • Be focused on outcomes for the user and client
  • Have strong drive for self-improvement
  • Have great communication skills and can tailor your approach to suit the team, individuals and clients
  • Be a team player who wants to work in a collaborative environment

Desirable skills include:

  • Being passionate about delivery
  • Experience working across multiple frameworks, including Scrum, Kanban, Lean

Your experience will include:

  • A minimum of 1 year experience in a project management or project support role
  • You must have the right to work and reside in the UK
  • Full UK driving licence is beneficial as occasional travel is required

The Benefits:

  • Competitive salary and holiday entitlement
  • Online learning subscription
  • Quarterly company events (includes social event)
  • Regular tech catch-ups/hack events
  • Attend technology events together

Upon Graduation from Academy:

  • Salary increase
  • Eligibility for Developer Bonus Scheme
  • Pension contributions up to 5% when you contribute 5%
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Green Car Lease Scheme

Apply Now:

To apply, send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note: you must be eligible to work in the UK in order for your application to be considered. Be able to gain BPSS

 

Academy Integration Engineer

Answer’s Integration Engineering Academy is a 6-week programme that equips talent with the most contemporary technical skills and process understanding, fast tracking them to become project ready as Integration Engineers at Answer.
This programme combines structured training, self-learning and hands-on integration engineering, all while giving you the opportunity to understand development within an agile delivery context. The programme also provides excellent mentorship from our team of digital experts, those on the Academy learn directly from those pushing the boundaries in live Answer projects.

Job Type: Integration Engineer Academy
Location: Manchester (Upon Academy graduation, role may include travel ie Answer Digital’s Leeds Head Office, if/when project requires it)
Salary: Academy Salary; upon graduation salary increase + bonus + pension + career development

The Programme:

During the Academy, learning is structured around four key areas. Each area contains a variety of learning styles, from personal projects
to group workshops to real, live projects:
  1. Principles of Integration Analysis and Design and documentation
    1. Introduction to the concepts of Interoperability and Integration Engines
    2. Messaging – Routing – Transformation - Endpoints
    3. HL7 message standard
  2. Integration Development
    1. Caché database structure and content projection
    2. Object Oriented Programming with Caché Object Script
    3. Use of ODBC and JDBC drivers while querying external databases
    4. Introduction to Ensemble
    5. Monitoring Ensemble Productions
    6. Configuring Ensemble Components
    7. Developing Ensemble Components
    8. Intersystems HeathShare best practices
  3. Integration Testing
    1. QA
    2. Load
    3. Connectivity
    4. Unit
  4. Principles of working for Health IT organisation
    1. Understanding of general workflows in the healthcare organisation
    2. Appreciation of data confidentiality and sensitivity
    3. Ability to prioritise and escalate issues appropriately
We believe that we have designed a programme that can give you a great insight into one of today’s most dynamic and rewarding industries. If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please get in touch today.

The Successful Applicant:

  • You will be a soon to be or recent graduate (any discipline), with a keen and active interest in integration engineering, and looking to take those next steps to kickstart your professional career.
  • You will:
    • Be actively pursuing an interest in integration engineering (via self-studying, or in a professional capacity if possible).
    • Have a demonstrable thirst for learning (including self-learning) and forever have your eyes peeled for the next new technology to pick up and try out.
    • Be excited by the opportunity to work in agile teams to deliver real value to clients.
    • Have an ability to cope with an intense learning environment.
    • Be excited by the prospect of working closely and collaboratively with our clients to deliver outcomes.

Desirable Expertise/Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of/Interest in agile delivery methodologies.

Career Progression:

By graduating our Academy, you will become an Answer Integration Engineer and you will be equipped to work as part of one of our live projects. This role will involve working in agile teams to deliver innovative solutions for Answer Digital’s customers.
Our Academy graduates often progress at pace after completing this 6-week programme. We have seen one of our graduates progress from ‘Graduate’ to ‘Lead Consultant’ in just 3 years after 3 successive promotions! – and this isn’t an exception!

The Benefits:

  • Competitive salary and holiday entitlement
  • Online learning subscription
  • Quarterly company events (includes social event)
  • Regular tech catch-ups/hack events
  • Attend technology events together

Upon Graduation from Academy:

  • Salary increase
  • Eligibility for Developer Bonus Scheme
  • Pension contributions up to 5% when you contribute 5%
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Green Car Lease Scheme

Apply Now:

To apply, send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note: you must be eligible to work in the UK in order for your application to be considered. Be able to gain BPSS

 

Academy Automation Testing

The Answer Digital Automation Testing Academy is a 12-week programme that equips talent with the most contemporary technical skills and process understanding, and fast-tracks them to become project ready Answer Automation Test Engineers.
This programme combines structured training, self-learning and hands-on Automation Testing, all while giving you the opportunity to understand the role of an agile tester within an agile delivery context. The programme also provides excellent mentorship from our team of digital experts, those on the Academy learn directly from those pushing the boundaries in live Answer projects.

Job Type: Automation Testing Academy Tester
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire (Upon Academy graduation, role may include travel, if/when project requires it)
Salary: Academy Salary; upon graduation salary increase + bonus + pension + career development

The Programme:

During the Academy, learning is structured around two key phases:
Phase 1: Runs over 6 weeks with 3 two-week sprints of practitioner-led training, self-learning and hands-on mentoring covering key foundation knowledge and understanding the context of agile project delivery. This includes learning of the latest test automation processes and technologies such as BDD, Cucumber, Selenium WebDriver, Katalon Studio and REST-assured supported up by core programming skills in Java and C#. This phase also includes continual check-
points and assessment in order to progress into Phase 2.
Phase 2: Runs over 6 weeks with 3 two-week sprints working as a trainee test engineer within a live Answer project environment. This project could be for any one of client across our Retail, Finance, Payments or Health sectors.
We believe that we have designed a programme that can give you a great insight into one of today’s most dynamic and rewarding industries. If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please get in touch today!

The Successful Applicant:

  • You will be a soon to be or recent graduate, with a keen and active interest in automation testing, and looking to take those next steps to kickstart your professional career
  • You will have a great thirst for learning and forever have your eyes peeled for the next new technology to pick up and try out.
  • You'll also be excited by the opportunity to work in agile teams to deliver value to clients.

Must Haves Expertise/Knowledge:

  • Actively pursuing an interest in automation testing (via academic studies, self-studying, and/or in a professional capacity).
  • Manual functional and regression testing knowledge and experience.
  • A passion for testing and technology.

Career Progression:

By graduating the Answer Academy, you will be equipped to work as part of a live project. This role will involve working in agile teams to deliver innovative solutions for Answer Digital’s customers. Our Academy graduates often progress at pace after completing this 12-week programme. We have seen one of our graduates progress from ‘Graduate’ to ‘Lead Consultant’ in just 3 years after 3 successive promotions! – And this isn’t an exception!

The Benefits:

  • Competitive salary and holiday entitlement
  • Online learning subscription
  • Quarterly company events (includes social event)
  • Regular tech catch-ups/hack events
  • Attend technology events together

Upon Graduation from Academy:

  • Salary increase
  • Eligibility for Developer Bonus Scheme
  • Pension contributions up to 5% when you contribute 5%
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Green Car Lease Scheme

Apply Now:

To apply, send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note: you must be eligible to work in the UK in order for your application to be considered. Be able to gain BPSS

 

Software Developer Academy (Graduate Or A Junior Software Developer)

Answer’s Development Academy is a 12-week programme that equips talent with the most contemporary technical skills and process understanding, fast tracking them to become project ready as .NET Software Engineers at Answer.
This programme combines structured training, self-learning and hands-on application development, all while giving you the opportunity to understand development within an agile delivery context. The programme also provides excellent mentorship from our team of digital experts, those on the Academy learn directly from those pushing the boundaries in our live Answer projects.

Job Type: Academy Software Developer
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire (Upon Academy graduation, role may include travel, if/when project requires it)
Salary: Academy Salary; upon graduation salary increase + bonus + pension + career development

The Programme:

During the Academy, learning is structured around three key phases. Each area contains a variety of learning styles, from personal projects to group workshops to live client projects:
Phase 1: To begin, you will learn the fundamentals of back-end development, this can include working with SQL, Mongo, C#, .NET Core, REST API, SOLID Principles, Onion Architecture, Swagger Docs. To prepare you for delivering on an agile project, you will learn and begin to use agile methodologies such as SCRUM and learn about agile techniques and processes such as the daily stand-ups, sprint planning, agile requirements gathering / user stories, agile testing and the ‘Definition of Done’. This phase also involves continual check-points and an assessment in week 4 in order to progress into Phase 2.
Phase 2: In this phase, you will develop a deeper understanding and working knowledge of the latest front-end technologies, these can include: Python, JavaScript, TypeScript, CSS, Bulma/Bootstrap and Aurelia/VueJS. You will continue to learn about agile project delivery through this phase in preparation to progress into Phase 3. This phase also involves continual check-points and an assessment in week 8 in order to progress into Phase 3.
Phase 3: In this final phase, you will be embedded within a team and have the opportunity to contribute to a live Answer project. You will experience our agile project delivery processes first-hand, while still being supported by your mentors to ensure you hit the ground running! This phase also includes continual check-points and ongoing assessment through-out the phase in order to graduate from the Academy.
We believe that we have designed a programme that can give you a great insight into one of today’s most dynamic and rewarding industries. If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please get in touch today!

The Successful Applicant:

  • You will be a soon to be or recent graduate (any discipline), with a keen and active interest in application development, and looking to take those next steps to kickstart your professional career.
  • Be actively pursuing an interest in application development (via self-studying, or in a professional capacity if possible).
  • Have a demonstrable thirst for learning (including self-learning) and forever have your eyes peeled for the next new technology to pick up and try out.
  • Be excited by the opportunity to work in agile teams to deliver real value to clients.
  • Have an ability to cope with an intense learning environment.
  • Be excited by the prospect of working closely and collaboratively with our clients to deliver outcomes.

Desirable Expertise/Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of/Interest in agile delivery methodologies.

Career Progression:

By graduating our Academy, you will become an Answer .NET Developer and you will be equipped to work as part of one of our live projects. This role will involve working in agile teams to deliver innovative solutions for Answer Digital’s customers. Our Academy graduates often progress at pace after completing this 12-week programme. We have seen one of our graduates progress from ‘Graduate’ to ‘Lead Consultant’ in just 3 years after 3 successive promotions! – and this isn’t an exception!

The Benefits:

  • Competitive salary and holiday entitlement
  • Career development
  • Quarterly company events
  • Regular tech catch-ups/hack events/technology events

Upon Graduation from Academy:

  • Salary increase
  • Eligibility for Bonus Scheme
  • Pension contributions up to 5% when you contribute 5%
  • Cycle to Work scheme and Green Car Lease Scheme
  • Online learning subscription

Apply Now:

To apply, send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note: you must be eligible to work in the UK in order for your application to be considered. Be able to gain BPSS