Data Technician Apprenticeship
Your future career, after completion
Your future career, after you Data Technician Apprenticeship
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Who should apply for the Data Technician apprenticeship?
Becoming a Data Technician apprentice is ideal for anyone who enjoys collecting, understanding and analysing data. If you like logical and methodical thinking, mathematics, and problem-solving, then the data technician apprenticeship could be for you. The roles you might expect to be applying for after your 24-month Data Technician apprenticeship are Data Support Analyst, Data Technician, Junior Data Analyst and many others.
What's the cost of a Data Technician apprenticeship & will I be paid?
Entry requirements to become a Data Technician apprentice
Individual employers will set the selection criteria. It is likely to include:
- Grades A*-C (9-4 equivalent) in English and mathematics
- a science or technology qualification is desirable but not essential
- or a relevant Level 2 Apprenticeship
- a qualification or part-qualification in a related area at a lower or the same level would be advantageous, but not required
Having a passion for IT will help Data Technician apprentices gain the most out of their apprenticeship programme.
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What technical knowledge will I learn as an Data Technician apprentice?
- How to access and extract data from a range of already identified sources
- How to collate and format data in line with industry standards
- Data formats and their importance for analysis Management and presentation tools to visualise and review the characteristics of data Communication tools and technologies for collaborative working
- Communication methods, formats and techniques, including: written, verbal, non-verbal, presentation, email, conversation, audience and active listening Range of roles within an organisation, including: customer, manager, client, peer, technical and non-technical
- The value of data to the business. How to undertake blending of data from multiple sources
- Algorithms, and how they work using a step-by-step solution to a problem, or rules to follow to solve the problem and the potential to use automation
- How to filter details, focusing on information relevant to the data project
- Basic statistical methods and simple data modelling to extract relevant data and normalise unstructured data
- K10: The range of common data quality issues that can arise e.g. misclassification, duplicate entries, spelling errors, obsolete data, compliance issues and interpretation/ translation of meaning
- Different methods of validating data and the importance of taking corrective action
- Communicating the results through basic narrative
- K13: Legal and regulatory requirements e.g. Data Protection, Data Security, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Data sharing, marketing consent, personal data definition. The ethical use of data
- The significance of customer issues, problems, business value, brand awareness, cultural awareness/ diversity, accessibility, internal/ external audience, level of technical knowledge and profile in a business context
- The role of data in the context of of the digital world including the use of eternal trusted open data sets, how data underpins every digital interaction and connectedness across the digital landscape including applications, devises, IoT, customer centricity
- Different learning techniques, learning techniques and the breadth and sources of knowledge
What qualifications will I gain?
- Level 3 Data Technician Apprenticeship, awarded by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
What skills will I develop?
- Manage own time to meet deadlines and manage stakeholder expectations
- Work independently and take responsibility
- Use own initiative
- A thorough and organised approach
- Work with a range of internal and external customers
- Value difference and be sensitive to the needs of others
Your future earning potential as a Data Technician:
What's included in the Data Technician apprenticeship?
Within the first month, all apprentices and employers will receive a thorough induction to the apprenticeship training program from a dedicated NowSkills tutor. This will involve:
- “Workplace Health, Safety & Wellbeing Assessment”,
- Completion of enrolment documentation
- The signing of the “Commitment Statement” and an “Apprenticeship Agreement”.
- The completion of initial assessments/diagnostics for English and maths
- Agreeing the Professional Development Plan (POP), which will detail: The sequencing and content of learning key milestones (for submitting portfolio evidence, exams etc.)
- Details of how to access any online learning platforms arrangements for safeguarding
- Inductions usually take a working day to complete dependent on the individual apprentice and employer
Included: In-centre Training
It is a statutory requirement that 20% of an apprentice’s working hours are spent training. 10% of this will be covered by attending modules in centre. The other 10% will be independent learning, guided distance learning and tutor sessions in the workplace. Data Technician Level 3 apprentices must attend 6x weeks of training in-centre in their first 4-5 months (this varies between 1-2 weeks at a time, depending on when the modules are scheduled).
Included: Ongoing Professional Development
Apprentices will be guided by a NowSkills tutor and their workplace mentor, throughout the duration of the infrastructure technician apprenticeship. For a level 3 apprentice this must equate to 1/2 a working day for every week they aren’t attending training in centre, and will likely consist of:
- Mentoring sessions with the nominated employer mentor
- Training in the workplace, relevant to the standard
- Producing/collating evidence for the apprentice’s summerative portfolio
- Work shadowing
- Industry visits
- Attendance at competitions
- Online learning
- Studying or researching
Before an apprentice can reach the threshold for the gateway phase, apprentices must have successfully achieved the following exams:
Included: Tutor 1:1s
These take place monthly, either at the workplace or live online with the tutor. The will involve:
- Coaching sessions, in areas of training need agreed with the tutor
- Professional Development Reviews (PDRs), which employers must partake in. These allow for a meaningful discussion between all 3x parties about the apprentice’s achievements, areas for improvement and progress made to date
- Updating of the Professional Development Plan (POP)
- Provision of ongoing careers education, information, advice & guidance
- Feedback on an apprentice’s work
- English, maths, and wider digital skills development
- Support in understanding and applying: safeguarding; fundamental British values; health, safety, & wellbeing; and equality, diversity, and inclusion
In addition to tutor 1:1s, all apprentices and employers must also partake in a monthly Professional Development Review (PDR):
- A meaningful discussion about the apprentice’s achievements
- Identifying areas for improvements, and agreeing a consequent target plan
- Looking at progress made to date
Included: Gateway to End-Point Assessment
This is the period in which the decision is made whether the apprentice is ready to cross the threshold phase, from learning and formative assessments to the end-point assessment phase. This decision will be made by the employer, training provider, and apprentice, based on the apprentice’s progress. To move onto the end-point assessment phase, it is essential to have passed all the knowledge modules and/or vendor or qualifications or professional qualifications and to provide a portfolio of work.
Congratulations! You will have completed your Data Technician Apprenticeship! You will have learned the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours to embark on a rewarding IT & digital career.
What happens after I successfully complete the Data Technician apprenticeship?
Upon successful completion of the Data Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship, further progression opportunities are available:
- Promotion in the workplace, or a movement into a managerial role
- Study at a higher level of apprenticeship (dependent on occupation)
- Enrolling in a degree (full or part-time) or even a degree apprenticeship
- Continuing in the role, but undertaking additional, related qualifications to further development
NowSkills tutors and support staff are trained to advise you on the wide range of career options available after your apprenticeship. For many apprentices this may be continuing employment in a permanent with their apprenticeship employer; for others, it may be new education or career opportunities.