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In this section we have tried to address questions we often get asked about what SOA does, about our training courses , how we help corporates and general about the process automation market. We hope you find this useful but if you have any other questions feel free to reach out to us via the chat function on the website or via email.


 What is process automation?

Process Automation or Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a fast-developing technology that builds and manages software robots to carry out tasks and actions that would have previously been longer tasks for humans. By building systems, using data and performing actions, RPA means greater accuracy, saving on time and human share about your company or service.


How can I become an automation developer?

With the right training and knowledge, it’s easy to begin your journey in automation! You can begin at any point in your career (more on training below), so don’t worry if you haven’t taken the university route or are looking to change paths at a later stage in life. Here at the School of Automation, we aim to provide you with the relevant skills and training to move forward in your career.


 Is there a demand for RPA developers?

Now really is the time to start a career in RPA. It’s a relatively new sector, but a fast-growing one – increasing by 43% in the past five years. This means the skills gap is huge and potential in career growth is exciting.  With the right investment at the start from training companies such as SOA and employers, we can bridge the gap by developing skills in RPA.


 Why choose SOA?

Here at the School of Automation we pride ourselves on being a friendly, approachable team. We’ve set out on a mission to fast-track talent into sustainable future employment in this growing industry. We bring together training expertise, technical knowledge and have partnerships with some of the leaders in automation software, ensuring your RPA career gets off on the right step.


How can SOA help in developing a career in process automation?

As we’ve said, we have partnerships with both leaders in the world of automation as well as links with businesses who are on the lookout for automation developers.  

Our training is built around the core learnings and on the job experience, so you will be given a real hands-on approach to RPA.


 How long is the training?

There are different models and duration of training depending on your location.


  • 12-week foundation programme (core fundamentals of RPA)

  • 1-year Software Process Automation Developer Traineeship (must have completed foundation course)


  • 12-week foundation programme (core fundamentals of RPA)

  • A modern Apprenticeship is 18 months. (must have completed foundation course)

  • SOA can also deliver training via various types of government or local authority programmes (call and ask for further info as these can vary throughout the year)

Commercial Training (Industry professionals reskilling/ upskilling)

Our courses with UiPath and IBM courses range from five days through to 20 days.


You can find out more here:


 What is the average salary of a RPA developer?

  • Junior (entry level) £18,000 - £25,000

  • 1-2 years client experience - £25,000 - £35,000

  • 3-5 years client experience - £35,000 - £45,000

  • 5 year + client experience - £50,000 plus


What kind of clients can I expect to get placements/consult with? 

Client work can really vary from both public and private sector, the good news is that your RPA skills and the technology can be applied across all industries and sectors.


What is the criteria to be selected for the training course?

At SOA we try and remove barriers to joining our courses and all candidates are interviewed and

assessed before starting on their own merit. We do not put in mandatory qualifications however some basic level technical skills and personal qualities will be assessed prior to starting any of our courses. We are always looking for the right people with potential and there are different ways to show and demonstrate this.

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