• Data Science Apprentice

Data Science Apprentice

Audit Wales is looking to recruit a Data Science Apprentice.

Are you interested in data and analytics? Do numbers and the stories they tell excite you? Do you like puzzles and problem solving? Have you ever wanted to learn how to code?

We are looking for a highly motivated person to be part of our energetic and resilient Data Analytics team. You don’t need experience, just an aptitude, commitment and enthusiasm. In exchange you will receive a varied work programme and day release to study a degree in data science at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

It’s not just an opportunity for someone starting out in the world of work. Maybe you are looking for a career change. There are no age restrictions. The apprenticeship is a fully funded three-year programme supporting you to achieve a degree in data science while developing valuable on the job experience.

Day to day, you will get involved in all aspects of the way we use data at Audit Wales. You will work closely with auditors to understand their data needs, you will create new data tools to publish on our website, you will manage central datasets and you will help to train auditors in new data techniques.

You will gain valuable on the job skills, growing your own abilities as you help the team bring an innovative and passionate approach to data science, whilst studying for a BSc in Data Science as part of this Level 6 apprenticeship.

You don’t need experience, just an aptitude, commitment and enthusiasm. You bring your passion, and we will teach you the data science tools, techniques and skills to become a qualified data scientist. Further information on the role can be found in the job description.

You will study for a 3-year degree delivered by Cardiff Metropolitan University. The degree is delivered through day release and covers a wide range of topics including data visualisation and artificial intelligence. Find out more here on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website [opens in new window]

Read a blog from one of our previous apprentices who has thrived in his role.

You will be encouraged and supported throughout your apprenticeship to manage your own personal development through progress reviews and your degree programme will be supplemented with skills development workshops, both technical and soft skills programmes.

In addition to the support of your peers, you will be allocated a line manager who will have a critical role to play in developing and supporting you throughout your studies, and a buddy to help ease you into your new role as well as providing on-going informal support.

To apply for this apprenticeship, you should have, or hope to obtain the following:

  • Three A Levels at C grade or above, one of which must be in a STEM subject (or equivalent) at B grade or above.
  • Level 2 English and Maths (e.g., GCSE A* - C)
  • You can also apply if you already have a degree, as long as the degree is in a subject not directly related to data science.

Candidates can apply on the strength of their predicted A Level grades. Any offers made will remain conditional upon gaining the necessary academic qualifications.

As you will be supported to complete your Data Science Degree Apprenticeship there are specific eligibility requirements that need to be met. Further details on this can be found in the General Eligibility section.

  • General Information 

    Applicable to all Apprentices

Eligibility for the Apprenticeship

To be eligible for an apprenticeship, you must:

  • Have a right to live and work in the UK
  • Be resident in Wales or your employer is based permanently in Wales
  • Have legally left school
  • Intend to stay in employment for the next 12 months
  • Not already be funded for other training courses by Welsh Government
  • Be paid the relevant National Minimum Wage
  • Work more than 16 hours per week.

Apprenticeship Programmes will receive funding support through the Welsh Government Apprenticeship Framework. The Welsh Government does not support apprenticeship qualifications where an individual already holds a qualification of the same type, content and level (or of a higher level). You should not enter for a qualification of the same type, content and level as that of a qualification you already hold.

However, if the apprenticeship would allow the individual to acquire substantive new skills, and it was evident that the content of the qualification was materially different from any prior qualification, then such an apprenticeship may be eligible for funding.

As part of the recruitment process your details will be shared with the training provider for the apprenticeship. The training providers are an integral part of the recruitment process as they are responsible for confirming candidate’s eligibility to undertake the apprenticeship in line with the Welsh Government Apprenticeship Framework. In agreeing to proceed with the application process you are agreeing to the sharing of your details with the training provider.

If you are uncertain as to whether you are eligible for a programme, please contact trainee.recruitment@audit.wales  setting out clearly the qualifications you already hold.

Please note that the guidance given above does not consider every circumstance and Audit Wales reserves the right to reject an application where it considers that any eligibility criteria have not been met.

Data Science Apprenticeship

With regards to qualifications that fall outside of eligibility criteria we would advise that any “Data Science” or “Computer Science” qualification achieved at degree level or higher will be ineligible. Any qualifications containing modules of data analysis/ data science or computer science to level 4 will also need to be considered to check regarding funding eligibility. All qualifications will be checked on a case-by-case basis at the sifting stage.

How to apply

We only accept applications through our online portal, we do not accept CVs, but if you need us to consider a reasonable adjustment, do please let us know in good time.

When completing your application

Familiarise yourself with the Job Description and the Person Specification, so you understand the role and what the essential qualifications, skills and attributes for the apprentice role are.

We are looking for how your studies and/or previous experience in work or outside interests makes you suitable to start a career as an apprentice.

Please ensure you include evidence of:

  • Your current qualifications meeting the minimum educational standard
  •  In your Personal Statement we want to find out about you, why are you interested in pursuing an apprenticeship and what are you interested in and what have you done so far, be it through work, school, college, sporting activities or volunteering., experiences or behaviours you have that you think would make you suitable for the role.

Please note – the application form will be used to assess all applicants.  Failure to complete the application in detail may result in your application not progressing to the assessment stage. We suggest that you familiarise yourself with the Job Description and the Person Specification, so you understand the role and what essential qualifications, skills and attributes we are looking for.

Assessment Centre

All apprentice assessment processes will be completed by an assessment centre. An assessment centre will normally include an interview and the completion of some test, often written or through a role play. Further information about this stage will be provided nearer at the time.

Feedback is provided to all candidates that attend an assessment centre.

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding, our Apprenticeship Programmes, or if anything is unclear, please email trainee.recruitment@audit.wales

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