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Data Analyst Apprenticeship

Your future career, after completion:

Your future career, after your Data Analyst Apprenticeship

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Who should apply for the Data Analyst apprenticeship?

Becoming a Data Analyst apprentice is ideal for anyone who enjoys working with data and providing technical data solutions. If you like analysing and managing data then the Data Analyst apprenticeship could be for you. The roles you might expect to be applying for after your 15-18 month Data Analyst apprenticeship are Data Analyst, Data Manager, Data Scientist, Data Modeller, Data Architect, Data Engineer and many others.

What's the cost of a Data Analyst apprenticeship & will I be paid?

As a Data Analyst apprentice, you will NOT pay anything towards your apprenticeship.

You can find out more about your investment and wages here >>

Entry requirements to become a Data Analyst apprentice

Individual employers will set the selection criteria. It is likely to include:

  • Five GCSEs and/or A levels
  • A level 3 Apprenticeship
  • Other relevant qualifications and also experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths

Having a passion for IT will help Data Analyst apprentices gain the most out of their apprenticeship programme.


What technical knowledge will I learn as a Data Analyst apprentice?

  • Be able to undertake the following in line with organisational procedures and under supervision
  • Identify, collect and migrate data to/from a range of internal and external systems
  • Manipulate and link different data sets as required
  • Interpret and apply the organisations data and also information security standards, policies, and procedures for data management activities
  • Collect and compile data from different sources
  • Perform database queries across multiple tables to extract data for analysis
  • Perform routine statistical analyses and also ad-hoc queries
  • Use a range of analytical techniques such as data mining, time series forecasting and modelling techniques to identify and also predict trends and patterns in data
  • Assist production of performance dashboards and reports
  • Assist with data quality checking and also cleansing
  • Apply the tools and techniques for data analysis, data visualisation, and presentation
  • Assist with the production of a range of ad-hoc and standard data analysis reports
  • Summarise and present the results of data analysis to a range of stakeholders making recommendations
  • Works with the organisation’s data architecture

What qualifications will I gain?

  • Level 4 Data Analyst Apprenticeship, awarded by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
  • BCS Level 4 Certificate in Data Analysis
  • BCS Level 4 Diploma in Data Analysis Concepts

What skills will I develop?

  • Logical and creative thinking skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and to take responsibility
  • Using own initiative
  • Taking a thorough and organised approach
  • Ability to work with a range of internal and external people
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • Maintaining a productive, professional, and a secure working environment

Your future earning potential as a Data Analyst:

What's included in the Data Analyst apprenticeship?


Included: Induction

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: Workshops

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 Data Analyst Level 4 apprentices, relevant training workshops, lasting 1-2x days at a time, will be placed between the apprentice and their mentor & tutor, according to individual need. Workshops may be delivered on the following topics:

Module 1

Knowledge module 1: Data Analysis Tools

  • Understanding the purpose and outputs of data integration activities
  • Explaining how data from a range of sources can be integrated
  • Describing how programming languages for statistical
    computing (SQL) can be applied to data integration
  • Explaining how to take account of data quality to prepare
    data for analysis to improve accuracy, quality and usefulness
  • Understanding the challenges of data volumes being processed through integration activities and how a
    programming approach can solve these issues
  • Describing how statistical programming languages can be
    used in preparing data for analysis and within analysis
  • Explaining the capabilities of programming languages and software tools

Module 2

Knowledge module 2: Data Analysis Concepts

  • Understanding the range of different data types, including; open and public data
  • Understanding that an information system’s data follows a data life cycle
  • Developing an understanding of the steps in a routine data analysis and how to create a problem hypothesis, collect data, cleanse data, analyse data and report the results
  • Understanding the fundamentals of data structures and database design
  • Understanding why quality issues arise and how to resolve them 

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: Examinations

Before an apprentice can reach the threshold for the gateway phase, apprentices must have successfully achieved the following exams:

  • BCS Level 4 Certificate in Data Analysis Tools
  • BCS Level 4 Diploma Analysis Concepts

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.

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Successful completion!

Congratulations! You will have completed your Data Analyst Apprenticeship! You will have learned the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours to embark on a rewarding IT & digital career.

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What happens after I successfully complete the Data Analyst apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of the Data 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.