Data Technician

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Data Technician Apprenticeship Standard

The Data Technician Apprenticeship Standard is currently in development and is not available for delivery 

This Digital Apprenticeship Standard’s full name is the Level 3 Data Technician. It is a 12-15 month digital apprenticeship that is delivered entirely by NowSkills’ training team. The apprenticeship is delivered as a blend of 1-2-1 mentoring, classroom, webinar and online training courses.
NowSkills works with leading employers who are keen to bring in the next generation of digital talent. They have a current IT Apprenticeship role available and have approached NowSkills to deliver the training and in many cases introduce an apprentice. NowSkills always visits employers before an apprentice attends an interview. We do this to fully understand that the role is suitable for an apprenticeship and that environment will be safe: leading to the highest possible chance of success for your digital apprenticeship.
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What Roles is this Data Technician Apprenticeship Standard suitable for?
Typical job titles include Data Technician, Data Support Analyst, Junior Data Analyst and Junior Information Analyst.
How much will I earn during my Data Technician Apprenticeship?
The amount that an employer will pay varies from employer to employer. There is a minimum wage rate for apprentices is £3.90 per hour (April 2019). However, we have many employers who will pay more than this, sometimes there be increments through the year, some roles have bonuses attached.
The thing to remember about your earnings is that this is an apprenticeship and employers are taking a risk with someone who is inexperienced. However, if you are confident in your ability then after your apprenticeship completes you will have over 1 year of experience, a professional CV and qualifications. Have another look at the job titles the Data Technician apprenticeship prepares you for and search online for the associated salaries and experienced required.
Remember, it is your apprenticeship and completed properly, it will open doors to your future It career.
How much does the Data Technician apprenticeship cost?
As an apprentice, you will NOT pay anything towards your apprenticeship. For employers, you will either receive 100% or 5% funding depending on your size and if you are a Levy paying employer, then you can utilise your Apprenticeship Levy funds.
Entry Requirements
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include five GCSEs, (especially English, Mathematics and a Science or Technology subject); a relevant Level 2 Apprenticeship; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on IT skills. 
Data Technician Competencies you will learn
K1: Range of different types of existing data. Common sources of data – internal, external, open data sets, public and private. Data formats and their importance for analysis. Data architecture – the framework against which data is stored and structured including on premises and cloud.K2: How to access and extract data from a range of already identified sourcesK3: How to collate and format data in line with industry standardsK4: 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 workingK5: 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-technicalK6: The value of data to the business. How to undertake blending of data from multiple sourcesK7: 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 automationK8: How to filter details, focusing on information relevant to the data project

K9: 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

K11: Different methods of validating data and the importance of taking corrective action

K12: 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

K14: 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

K15: 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

K16: Different learning techniques, learning techniques and the breadth and sources of knowledge

At Completion of your Data Technician Apprenticeship, you will be able to:
S1 Source and migrate data from already identified different sources
S2 Collect, format and save datasetsS3 Summarise and explain gathered dataS4 Blend data sets from multiple sources and present in format appropriate to the taskS5 Manipulate and link different data sets as requiredS6 Use tools and techniques to identify trends and patterns in dataS7 Apply basic statistical methods and algorithms to identify trends and patterns in dataS8 Apply cross checking techniques for identifying faults and data results for data project requirements

S9 Audit data results

S10 Demonstrate the different ways of communicating meaning from data in line with audience requirements

S11 Produce clear and consistent technical documentation using standard organisational templates

S12 Store, manage and distribute in compliance with data security standards and legislation

S13 Explain data and results to different audiences in a way that aids understanding.

S14 Review own development needs

S15 Keep up to date with developments in technologies, trends and innovation using a range of sources

S16 Clean data i.e. remove duplicates, typos, duplicate entries, out of date data, parse data (e.g. format telephone numbers according to a national standard) and test and assess confidence in the data and its integrity

S17 Operate as part of a multi-functional team

S18 Prioritise within the context of a project

At completion, your skills and behaviours will include:
B1: Manage own time to meet deadlines and manage stakeholder expectationsB2: Work independently and take responsibilityB3: Use own initiativeB4: A thorough and organised approachB5: Work with a range of internal and external customersB6: Value difference and be sensitive to the needs of others
English and Maths

Overall, Level 2 English and Maths will need to be passed, if not already, prior to taking the end point assessment.
Professional Recognition

Overall, this Apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the register of IT technicians confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence and also those completing the Apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.