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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?

As a Data Technician 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 Technician apprentice

Apprentices must have:

  • The right to work in the UK
  • Lived in the UK continuously for the past 3 years
  • 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.


What technical knowledge will I learn as an Data Technician apprentice?

  • How to access data from a variety of already identified sources.
  • How to compile and format data according to industry best practices.
  • Data formats and their importance for analysis.
  • Communication methods, formats and techniques.
  • How to combine data from different sources.
  • Algorithms and how they function with a step-by-step solution to a problem, or rules to follow to solve the problem, as well as the possibility of applying 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.
  • Different methods of validating data and understanding the importance of taking corrective action.
  • Understanding the range of common data quality issues that can arise e.g., misclassification, duplicate entries, spelling error and obsolete data.
  • Legal and regulatory requirements and how to ethically use data.
  • The role of data in the context of the digital world.

What qualifications will I gain?

  • Level 3 Data Technician Apprenticeship, awarded by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

What skills will I develop?

  • Sourcing and migrating data from different sources
  • Collecting, formatting and saving datasets
  • Summarising and explaining gathered data
  • Blending and presenting data sets from multiple sources
  • Manipulating and linking different data sets
  • Identifying trends and patterns in data using digital tools
  • Applying basic statistical methods and algorithms to identify trends and patterns in data

Your future earning potential as a Data Technician:

What's included in the Data Technician 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: 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

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 Technician 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 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.