Business Analyst Apprenticeship
Your future career, after completion:
Your future career, after your IS Business Analyst Apprenticeship:
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Who should apply for the Business Analyst apprenticeship?
Becoming a Business Analyst apprentice is ideal for anyone who collecting and analysing data. If you enjoy analytical thinking and problem-solving then the Business Analyst apprenticeship could be for you. The roles you might expect to be applying for after your 15-18 month Business Analyst apprenticeship are: IS Business Analyst, IT Business Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, and many others.
What's the cost of the Business Analyst apprenticeship & will I be paid?
Entry requirements to become an Business Analyst
Apprentices must have:
- The right to work in the UK
- Lived in the UK continuously for the past 3 years
- GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
- Relevant qualifications and or work experience at a lower level
- A demonstratable enthusiasm to work as a Business Analyst-NowSkills requires that apprentices provide work or evidence that shows that they are passionate about all things business analysis
- A role as a Business Analyst-NowSkills can source this if needed
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What technical knowledge will I learn as a Business Analyst apprentice?
- The importance of business analysis in facilitating business improvement and implementing IT system modifications
- The job of the Business Analyst and how it interacts with other positions on a business change initiative, such as those in charge of system development.
- Life cycles of business change and system development, including the use of relevant approaches and the impact of organisational culture and context.
- The principles, characteristics, and distinctions between waterfall and agile approaches for project delivery and software development.
- The significance of good communication and involvement with a variety of stakeholders in connection to Business Analysis tasks.
- Methods for categorising, validating, and prioritising needs
- The significance of requirements management, which includes change management.
- A wide range of non-functional needs and the relevance of including them in the requirements engineering process.
What qualifications will I gain?
- Level 4 Business Analysis Apprenticeship, awarded by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
What skills will I develop?
- Logical and creative thinking skills to help solve business change challenges
- Applying appropriate approaches to scoping, planning and performing Business Analysis
- Communicating effectively in a variety of situations with a range of stakeholders
- Applying a range of structured investigation techniques to a business situation
- Producing an outline definition of a business situation using an appropriate technique
- Identifying problems and opportunities within a business situation using appropriate techniques
- Supporting the identification and presentation of proposed actions to stakeholders to gain agreement for further analysis activity
- Maintaining a productive, professional, and secure working environment within relevant
organisational and also legislative requirements
Your future earning potential as a Business Analyst:
What's included in the Business Analyst 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
It is a statutory requirement that 20% of an apprentice’s working hours are allocated to training. A proportion of this time will be spent attending training workshops in-centre, with the rest made up by independent learning, guided distance learning and tutor sessions in the workplace. For Business Analyst Level 4 apprentices, relevant training workshops, lasting 1-2x days at a time, will be placed between the apprentice, mentor & tutor, according to individual need. Workshops may be delivered on the following topics:
Knowledge Session 1: Business Impact Assessment
- Assessing and documenting the drivers, costs, benefits and impacts of a proposed business change
Knowledge Session 2: Data Modelling
- Creating data models to illustrate how data is represented within a business system
- Revising the data model in accordance with different proposed solutions
Knowledge Session 3: Investigation Techniques
- Applying structured techniques to investigate wants, needs, problems and opportunities
- Documenting the current situation and applying relevant techniques to structure information
- Assisting in the recommendation of business and IS changes
Knowledge Session 4: Business Process Modelling
- Modelling business situations with clearly defined boundaries using contemporary modelling techniques and digital modelling tools
- Analysing business process models to identify opportunities for improvement
- Redesigning business process models using different scenarios and different solution models
Knowledge Session 5: Requirements Engineering & Management
- Eliciting requirements from stakeholders to identify business and user needs
- Analysing, validating and documenting functional and non-functional requirements for
- Identifying data requirements relating to business improvement
- Assisting in the management and also controlled change of requirements
Knowledge Session 6: Gap Analysis
- Comparing current and future state business situations with a view to developing a roadmap for
Knowledge Session 7: Acceptance Testing
- Defining acceptance tests for business change and also IS solutions
Knowledge Session 8: Stakeholder Analysis and Management
- Identifying stakeholders impacted by a proposed change, and understanding their perspectives and
assessing how their interests are best managed
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 4 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
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 to the end-point assessment phase.
The EPA will be completed in a three-month period, beginning when the EPAO confirms that all gateway requirements have been met. At the gateway, any supporting documentation that supports an EPA assessment technique must be submitted.
Congratulations! You will have completed your Business Analyst! 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 Business Analyst apprenticeship?
Upon successful completion of the Business Analyst Level 4 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.