• Data Science Apprentice

Data Science Apprentice

Are you fascinated about data science and the tools and skills that aid problem solving?  Do you love using mathematics to solve problems?  Would you like an amazing experience, a great salary and get to go to university as well?

The Data Science Degree Apprenticeship, is a three year programme, giving people the opportunity to come into Audit Wales to support the data analytics work programme while studying for a  degree in Data Science as part of a level 6 apprenticeship. In introducing this entry level route into Audit Wales, we hope to increase the diversity of the profession and encourage people from all backgrounds to join us.

You will work at the heart of Data Science in Audit Wales and join the experienced team of Data Scientists across our organisation.  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 will work with a variety of teams from across Audit Wales developing data led solutions for solving complex related problems.

This is an exciting opportunity to get into the world of work, earn money and gain a BSc degree through this apprenticeship.
You bring your passion and we will teach you the data science tools, techniques and skills to become a qualified data scientist through the achievement of a BSc in Data Science apprenticeship. Further information on the role can be found in the job description.

The programme will be 3 years and is currently delivered by Cardiff Metropolitan University. The degree will likely cover a range of topics such as those listed below.

Indicative modules:

  • Programming
  • Linear Algebra
  • Probability, Statistics & Data Analysis
  • Practice in Inter-disciplinary problem solving
  • Analysis and Optimization
  • Communication
  • Databases
  • Geometry and Groups
  • Modelling and Numerical Analysis
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Graphs, Networks & Complex Systems
  • Data Visualization
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Advanced Data Applications

The degree is delivered through day release.

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 a min C grade or above, one of which must be in a STEM subject or equivalent qualification
  • Level 2 English and Maths (e.g. GCSE A* - C)

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

As you will be supported to complete Data Science Degree there is 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

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 to apply for this Programme, please contact sian.grainger@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.

With regards to qualifications that fall outside of eligibility criteria we would advise 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, please contact Sian Grainger, Graduate Trainee and Apprenticeship Co-ordinator on 07814 604515 or email sian.grainger@audit.wales

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