Data Technician Apprenticeship

Overview

Firebrand’s Level 3 Data Technician Apprenticeship develops apprentices to be able source, format and present data securely in a relevant way for analysis using basic methods.

Our programme will enable your apprentice to:

  • Communicate outcomes appropriate to varying audiences
  • Analyse structured and unstructured data to support business outcomes>
  • Blend data from multiple sources as directed
  • Apply legal and ethical principles when manipulating data

Through our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), specialist Learning Mentors (LMs) and world-leading trainers, our programme prepares learners to work across all sectors, in any department assisting in effective analytics to drive decision making.

Our programme also gives apprentices a clear understanding of the current and future technologies that underpin the storage, processing, analysis and sharing of data.

Firebrand deliver the program through a blended framework of Residential and Online Classroom learning, based on our Lecture, Lab and Review methodology. Apprentices will be supplemented with support from our Data SMEs, get full access to an e-learning platform that covers all areas of data analytics, as well as over 5000 courses on other relevant topics to business.

Funding

£12,000.

Level

This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Professional Recognition

Apprenticeship progression routes are also available to Learners with options such as the Level 4 Data Analyst programme.

Duration

16 months total: 13 months Practical, 3 months EPA.

Curriculum

On this accelerated programme, you'll learn the following knowledge and skills:

  • Role of the Data Technician
  • Introduction to Excel
  • Fundamentals of visualisation
  • Open Source resources
  • Types formats and structures of data
  • Identification of Data Quality issues
  • Database and Data Warehouse fundamentals
  • Dashboarding
  • Analysis of Data in Excel including power query and power pivot

Prerequisites

Before attending this accelerated apprenticeship, you should have:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs or A-Levels, a level 2 qualification (apprenticeship or BTEC in a relatable subject) or relevant experience and/or an aptitude test
  • An existing qualification at the same or higher level than this apprenticeship in a similar subject

STEM subjects would also be beneficial to your application.

End Point Assessment

All Apprenticeships end with the End Point Assessment (EPA). This is completed by a third party, the End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO). The EPA encompasses the evaluation of all of the work completed throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship.

For the Level 3 Data Technician Apprenticeship, the EPA consists of a Scenario Demonstration with questioning and a Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence, with the independent assessor. 

The apprentice will only enter the EPA ‘Gateway’ once the Employer is content that the apprentice is working at or above the occupational standard. In making this decision, the in-work mentor may take advice from Firebrand, but the decision must ultimately be made by them.

The EPAO determines when all other Gateway requirements have been met, and the EPA period will only commence once the EPAO has confirmed this.

The EPA assessment period in Gateway can be anything from 4 weeks to 6 months.

Check out the EPA Fact sheet for more information on the Data Technician EPA Plan.

Progression Plan

On completion of the Level 3 Data Technician Apprenticeship, progression routes available to learners include:

  • Level 4 Data Analyst
  • Level 6 Data Scientist (integrated degree)
  • Level 6 Digital and technology solutions professional (integrated degree)

Exams

There are currently no formal exams for this accelerated apprenticeship.

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