The data talent gap is an issue of serious concern, with big data and analytics being the most in-demand skills for large employers. The data industry needs to do all it can to encourage and support new data professionals into the industry. If you are thinking of becoming an apprentice or you know someone who might, here are a few UK employers that combine education and training, in addition to a salary.
It is important to point out at that there are different levels for apprenticeships that provide a jumping point for the data industry. The data analyst apprenticeship is level 4 and lasts 24 months, while the data science degree apprenticeship is level 6 and lasts 36 months. Level 4 and 5 are equivalent foundation degrees and above, while a level 6 apprenticeship is equivalent to bachelor’s degree or higher.
The Institute for Apprenticeships gives a full break down of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that must be attained by the apprentice, known as the ‘apprenticeship standard’.
The following are some employers that offer level 4 data analyst apprenticeships across a range of sectors. Of the better known names, local and central government is represented by Southwark Council and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, a Ministry of Defence agency - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, and the Government Statistical Society.
Telecommunications companies include Telefonica, BT, and Vodafone. IT and technology companies include tech giant Siemans, IT equipment company Fujitsu, and BCS The Chartered Institute for IT. Healthcare and pharmaceuticals are represented by pharmaceutical NHS and GSK.
Less well-known organisations that also offer this apprenticeship are, infrastructure and services operator Ferrovial, business advisory and accountancy company Ecovis Wingrave Yeats, water and wastewater company United Utilities.
Vodafone, Ogilvy, GoCompare, Royal Mail, NHS Digital and Ordnance Survey have offered apprenticeships in the past but I was unable find current openings at the time of writing.
The Tech Partnership has a list of universities that offer degree apprenticeships in Digital and Technology Solutions which can provide the foundation for a career in data and analytics.
Also Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, started offering a higher level apprenticeship in data analytics and visualisation last October.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means and it’s a starting point if you might want to go down this route with the aim of entering the world of data.