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Digital and Technology Specialist Degree Level 7 Apprenticeship

Financial Conduct Authority
12 Endeavour Square, Stratford, London, E20 1JN
£22,000.00 annually
Closing date
6 Jul 2022

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Apprenticeship, Degree
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What will the apprentice be doing?

We are recruiting for a Data Analytics specialist-apprenticeship level position, who will provide support to the department data strategy and digital solutions. There will also be opportunities to shape our analysis to drive operational efficiencies. On the job coaching will be provided to the candidate so that they can perform comfortably in the role, whilst being given the opportunity to apply learning from their degree programme.

In Innovation, we believe in doing things differently. We believe the best approach is sometimes a new approach. We place emphasis on curiosity and experimentation. We collaborate widely with academics, innovative companies and the rest of the FCA. We believe that people need space to continue learning and the support to develop new ideas, so we commit to giving them. Come and join us.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Prepare, clean, merge and process structured/unstructured data from internal and external sources
  • Produce data engineering and quality check. Input/drive behavioural/operational/system changes to improve data quality and operational efficiency
  • Provide technical support of the delivery of the Data Strategy, using data analytics and data science skills to produce Fintech market insights and impact assessment on Innovation work.
  • Sharing real-time intelligence with the department and the wider FCA
  • Update and maintain Innovation MI dashboards and draw insights to feed into data requests
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders on the insights generated from Innovation work and the impact assessment on the value bring to the industry
  • Explore and support the delivery of advanced analytics projects to support Innovation objectives

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

The MSc Digital and Technology Specialist programme is designed for those wishing to enhance their career through engaging in a work based learning programme and developing an understanding of Computing, IT and Digital Technology. You will choose a specialist pathway to follow in areas including:
  • Software Engineering
  • Data & Analytics
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Cyber Security
  • IT Ops Management (Cloud Computing)
  • IT/Digital Futures (DevOps)

Each pathway will have a combination of research-led specialist modules, and professional practice modules where you will focus on demonstrating your understanding of applying contemporary research into your current practice.

Alongside developing your capabilities in the areas of the Computing, IT and Digital Technology subject discipline, the programme will also develop you as a digital leader. As such you will engage in a range of modules designed to develop your competences in areas such as Technical Leadership, Business & Technology.

How will I be taught?
As an apprentices, you are entitled to 20% of your working time off for studying. This will be agreed between your employer, you and us - we can advise how best to do this.

You will have 2 2-day block teaching workshops for each taught module, coupled with a 2 hour 1-2-1 coaching session every 8 weeks throughout the programme.

Our blended approach is highly work-based - you will spend 80% of your time in the programme on the job, actively applying what you've learned right away in the workplace.

You'll spend the other 20% in off-the-job learning, which includes classroom sessions, digital learning activities, and learning and development activities at your workplace outside your normal day-to-day working duties.

A range of coursework approaches will be used throughout the programme. This will include research informed assignments for 'core' and 'principles' modules, negotiated, research informed work based projects for 'Professional Practice' modules and Technical Projects for 'specialist technical' modules.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Apprentices who successfully complete their professional qualification and apprenticeship programme will be considered for a permanent role within the FCA.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Interest in data analytics, Time management, Interpersonal skills


GCSE or equivalent 5 including Maths & English (Grade 4+ (A - C)) Essential
A Level or equivalent A numerical subject e.g. Maths, Economics, Finance (Grade C+) Desired

Things to consider

Important Information: QA's apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education. To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years.
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