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Data Scientist Apprenticeship

Your apprenticeship learning will be with Arch Apprenticeships, rated Ofsted Outstanding.

Arch Apprenticeships

Get a data expert who can drive real change

Data Scientists are becoming the most in-demand talent we have ever seen: there aren’t enough Data scientists who understand business context to go around.

Our Business-Ready Data Scientist programme, developed in partnership with The University of Buckingham, teaches both the technical capability needed to interpret and model complex data sets as well as vital business context. This equips your apprentice to present their findings and drive real, valuable change.

Who’s it for?

experienced data analysts looking to deepen their knowledge and apply it to business context

What qualifications will they get?

  • Applied Data Science MSc from the University of Buckingham
  • Level 7 Digital and Technology Solution Specialist Apprenticeship

Where can you hire an apprentice?


What will the apprenticeship teach?

Business-Ready Data Scientist apprentices will learn the advanced skills they need to be experts in collecting, cleaning, visualising, analysing, and presenting data.

But it’s not just about competencies. They’ll have spent their time learning your ways of working and developing bonds with the rest of your team.

Here are the topics we’ll cover during the apprenticeship:

  • Research Methods
  • Maths and Statistics for Data Analysis
  • Scripting for Data Analysis
  • Data Exploration and Visualisation
  • Applied Techniques of Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • Systems and Tools for Data Science
  • Leadership and Innovation

What your apprentice will need

Your apprentice must:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • have English and Maths GCSEs at grade C (4) or above
  • have a 2:1 (or above) honours degree in Computing, Engineering, Physics or Mathematics
  • have the right to live and work in England
  • be able to commit to a full-time job plus the apprenticeship training
  • not hold a prior data (or similar) qualification at level 7 or higher

You can read our full eligibility criteria here.

How does the apprenticeship work?

An apprenticeship is a combination of a full-time job with training for a current or new employee in your business.

Their working time will be split 80/20: 80% of their working time will be spent with you, carrying out their day-to-day responsibilities, while 20% of their time will be ‘off-the-job’ and spent working towards their apprenticeship qualification.

What counts as off-the-job training and how is the 20% measured?

Off-the-job training can include:

  • Work spent on their apprenticeship qualification
  • Face to face/virtual classroom training
  • Any employer training
  • Mentoring
  • Work spent on their reflective journal
  • Shadowing other teams
  • Attending industry events

Your apprentice, their Learning & Development Coach, and their line manager will have an off-the-job tracker they can use to record and track this.

How is the training delivered?

The apprentice studies towards their qualification online, and is supported by face-to-face visits from their Learning and Development Coach.

We deliver training in blocks to try and limit disruption, so you won’t have someone leaving the office one day a week.

How are apprenticeships funded?

Apprenticeships are now funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. Businesses with an annual payroll of over £3 million pay 0.5% of their annual payroll into a digital account. The funds can then only be used on approved apprenticeship training.

What’s the benefit of hiring apprentices?

Apprentices bring great value to a business. Rather than searching for existing talent that fits your business, they give you the chance to actively shape the next generation so they can bring the skills your business needs.

The numbers back us up: 76% of employers have said that productivity has improved, and 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.*

*Source: gov.uk