Earn as you Learn

If you’re leaving college or school, Kainos Earn as you Learn could be a brilliant move for you. Get paid to study for your degree part-time – and get valuable real-world experience while you do it.

Joining us as an Apprentice Software Engineer, you’ll earn a great salary and all the benefits we offer our staff. You’ll work four days a week, and the other day will be spent studying for your degree part-time at Ulster University, over four and a half years. We’ll pay your tuition fees as well as your salary – altogether, it’s a package worth up to £100,000.

You’ll get to work with experienced software development professionals on live projects for real clients – it makes for faster, better learning opportunities that are much more rewarding. And you’ll get to enjoy everything that comes with joining an exciting, dynamic and award-winning business at the forefront of our industry.

You’ll have money in your pocket along the way, be debt-free when you finish and come away with a full degree and a great job to walk in to.

Still wondering if Earn as you Learn is the right path for you? Watch Marc and Tanya’s videos below to hear from real people who have joined Kainos through the scheme.

Unbeatable benefits

Great salary
You'll receive a great salary every month
Tuition fees paid in full
You'll leave university with no debt
Books allowance
Support with the costs of course reading
Skills for Me training fund
£250 skills fund for any course of your choice
Mentor / career coach
Experienced mentor to give advice and support
Flexible working hours
Work our core hours as they suit you

Entry requirements

You'll need to have GCSE Maths and English (A to C), or equivalent, and at least a BTEC Extended Diploma or 2 B’s in A-levels or equivalent, at least one of which needs to be in a relevant STEM subject such as:

  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Computer Science/Software Systems Development
  • ICT/Digital Technologies

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview and successful applicants will join us in September 2021.

Application are closed

Applications for our 2021 Earn as you Learn programme have now closed. Please check back soon for information relating to next year's programme.


Across four and a half years, with tuition fees paid as well as your salary – altogether, it’s a package worth up to £100,000.

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Ulster University

When I joined Kainos, I participated in induction training which lasted one month. Then I was placed on projects in the company and assigned a career coach and people manager – they help me to define my career path and enable me to meet my goals.

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Jonathan Moore
Earn as you Learn Software Engineer
Eamon c

When I first joined Kainos, I was given a four-week introduction training course, where I learned the basics in a wide range of languages some of which include Java, SQL & HTML. Everyone has been very helpful and willing to help me learn whenever I am introduced to new technologies.

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Eamon Compston
Earn as you Learn Software Engineer