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IT Product Analyst Apprentice

University of Salford
43 Crescent, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WT
£20,547.00 annually
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
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What will the apprentice be doing?
  • Building strong relationships with staff and students to understand where improvements or new technology is required and understand what the priority areas of work and then to collaboratively to build a backlog of user stories.
  • Writing business cases and problem statements to enable the review of these projects and helping analyse demands from users to understand what the requirement is and find the most suitable solution.
  • Maintaining knowledge of best practices and new initiatives within the industry and its impact on the HE sector as a whole
  • Make appropriate recommendations on new initiatives and industry developments - in particular their effect upon the University Learning and Teaching strategy, priorities and on digital learning priorities.
  • Supporting the evaluation and analysis of new and emerging digital learning systems and services, and enhancements to existing systems.
  • Managing a backlog of user stories relating to educational stories, providing joined up thinking across applications to ensure they are prioritised and development in line with business requirements.
  • Maintain an understanding of business needs, processes, and dependencies to be better able to prepare and build business cases/problem statements for the development of educational technology.
  • Interpreting, documenting and managing data taken from multiple sources and presenting that data in a coherent way, linking it to business priorities.

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

This Professional Degree Apprenticeship is designed to produce future Digital and Technology Solutions Professionals and Leaders.

It has been awarded the Tech Industry Gold Accreditation by TechSkills, an organisation that brings together employers and universities to create highly skilled digital graduates.

The Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship blends online learning, face-to-face workshops and on-the-job experience to transform learners into highly skilled tech professionals. The Degree Apprenticeship is available in four specialisms:
  • Network Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • IT Consultant
  • Data Analyst

This programme develops core technical skills, knowledge and behaviours for the development of innovative digital solutions.

Further specialism modules offer opportunities to develop technical areas of relevance to the learners' roles.

Who it's a good fit for?
  • New staff focusing on a plan to pursue a career associated with the technical department of the business
  • Existing staff wishing to expand their skills and career together with gaining academic skills and qualifications while studying to degree level
  • Existing staff that would benefit from a comprehensive personal development plan to advance their skills to a higher level

As part of their programme learners will complete:
  • Fourteen learning knowledge modules teaching theory and practical application. These are primarily taught online and are supported by classroom training workshops. Five modules are taught at level 4, five at level 5 and four at level 6
  • Work-based portfolios & projects will be completed at work, over the course of the programme to demonstrate practical abilities.

Microsoft Azure Certification:
As part of the professional practice, learners will be able to access Cloud Academy resources which will prepare them for taking official Microsoft certifications.

An example route of this, for Data Analysts, would be for learners to complete the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals course in Level 4 and then the Microsoft Data Engineering on Microsoft Azure at level 5. Completion of both these exams would result in the learners completing the Microsoft learning journey of Microsoft Certified Azure Data Engineer Associate.

At Level 6 there will be additional Microsoft preparation content available if the learner and employer feel that there is a specific need.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

92% of QA Apprentices secure full-time employment after finishing their apprenticeship.Additionally there may be opportunities to undertake further apprenticeship training as many of our programs offer on-going development tracks.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C (4+)) Essential
A Level or equivalent 2 in similar subject (Grade Any) Desired
BTEC or equivalent Extended diploma in similar subject (Grade Any) Desired
Other Apprenticeship in similar subject (Grade Level 3) Desired
Other International Baccalaureate in similar subject (Grade Level 3) 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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