Data Technician Apprenticeship
Your future career, after completion
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We’ve re-imagined our data & analyst apprenticeship programmes, thinking bigger, and using the apprenticeship opportunity to deliver change. We have added new features, new team members, new tools, optional qualifications, and real-world insight that allows apprentices to drive your data & analytics vision and be at the heart of your organisation’s journey towards superior performance.
The programmes are based on existing, fundable apprenticeship standards but have been enhanced, and can now be tailored to include 3rd party vendor qualifications, workshops, private events with insight and updates from our analytics specialists.
Interested in becoming a Data Technician apprentice? Find all the information you need below…
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What is the role of a Data Technician Apprentice?
This apprenticeship’s core occupational deliverables include, but are not limited to: sourcing data, collating data, presenting data, blending data, analysing data and collaborating with internal and external customers. Apprentices will be provided with support to develop their behaviour and attitudes to succeed in an evolving workplace environment. They will be working as part of a team and will be responsible for their own work.
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 Data Technician apprenticeship are Data Support Analyst, Data Technician, Junior Data Analyst and many others.
Virtual and 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 both online and 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 virtual and in-centre training in their first 4-5 months (this varies between 1-2 weeks at a time, depending on when the modules are scheduled).
Duration: 1 week
- Understanding the importance of Safeguarding & Prevent Duty awareness
- Developing an awareness of Health, Safety & Wellbeing in the workplace
- Team roles & motivation
- Developing communication skills
- Business etiquette
- Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
- British Values
- Mental health & personal resilience
- Developing your own professionalism
Duration: 2 weeks
- Job Roles in the IT sector
- PC Hardware components
- Software including Operating Systems, utilities, and productivity software.
- The Internet and how it works compared to Web technologies and how they work
- The concepts of Web 2.0. Crowdsourcing, collective intelligence
- Social networking platforms and how they can be a business tool
- Peer to peer networks and the Client/Server model and how they work
Duration: 1 week
- Learning how to cleanse data
- Understanding the importance of data quality
- Learning how to correctly format data
- Learning how to create and organise pivot tables
- Conducting statistical analysis
- Creating reports
- Learning how to filter details, focusing on information relevant to the data project
Duration: 1 week
- Collaborating with people both internally and externally at all levels with the objective to create value from data
- Organising, managing and improving relationships with stakeholders
- Understanding how algorithms work
- Demonstrating the different ways of communicating meaning from data in line with audience requirements
- Learning to communicate results through a basic narrative
Duration: 1 week
- Introduction to databases and database design
- Learning the process of data modelling
- Creating and editing tables
- Introduction to Views and Stored Procedures
- Understanding the basic statistical methods and simple data modelling to extract relevant data
- Microsoft Office Specialist Excel (check GMetrix)
- MTA Database Fundamentals (SQL)
R, Python, SQL, Tableau options dependent on role/workplace
Advanced Excel, Junior Analyst, someone with the profile of KPI Controller, possibly Database Administrator
What's the cost of a Data Technician apprenticeship & will I be paid?
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.
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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
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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: 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.
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.