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Data Analyst Apprentice

£22,000.00 annually
Closing date
1 Aug 2023

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Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
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What will the apprentice be doing?

Please note that this is an apprenticeship position and therefore anyone with more than six months professional experience working as a data analyst or who holds a degree or Master's degree in a subject such as Data Science orBusiness Analyticswill not be eligible.

You will also need to commit to completing a Level 4 Data Analyst Apprenticeship.

Policy in Practice believes in the power of data and technology to change lives

We are a team of policy experts who deliver data driven insight, products and services to the sectors focused on the nation's financial well-being. We empower people to make more informed decisions and take action to build financial independence.

We believe that government policy can work more effectively and help people towards greater independence. Policy is often complicated, confusing and changing. This makes areas like the welfare system difficult to understand, to communicate and administer. We simplify the welfare system for individuals and organisations. We help people understand how government policy affects them so that they can make decisions.

Local authorities use our analytics to see how individual households are affected by the combination of national and local policy changes, now and in the future. Our powerful policy engine models how the policies of different government departments affect thousands of families on low incomes. We use a scientific approach to data visualisation to drill down to identify individual households most in need, show organisations where they should focus support programmes and help them track the effectiveness of their support.

Purpose of the job

We are looking for an apprentice to help us to improve efficiency in the delivery of our core products, LIFT and the Better Off Calculator, support our clients and deliver client projects.

The core task for the successful candidate will be to process benefits administration data from local authority clients for our Low Income Family Tracker (LIFT) dashboard. This will involve working with clients to ensure data is sent on time and in the correct format, processing data through our data pipeline and debugging any issues that arise.

Main accountabilities
  • Process local authority benefits administration data for the LIFT dashboard
  • Work with clients to ensure data is sent on time and in the correct format
  • Process data through our data pipeline
  • Debug issues that arise
  • Contribute to the improvement of efficiency in data ingestion and data processing
  • Contribute to data visualisation and dashboard design
  • Learn skills in analysing large datasets and producing actionable insights
  • Online live chat client support for the Better Off Calculator and LIFT

Essential Skills
  • A proven interest in data and a passion for solving social issues
  • Organised and professional, able to work independently and solve problems with initiative
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Team-player, who enjoys being part of a highly collaborative, dynamic organisation
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, including formulas and pivot tables

Desirable Skills
  • Basic understanding of SQL
  • Have previously used data tools such a Stata, Tableau or Power BI
  • Experience working with large, complex datasets

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

As part of the Level 4 Data Analyst apprenticeship standard, you'll be registered as a member with the British Computer Society and be on a fast track to an industry recognised qualification and your dedicated industry coach will support you through a blended approach that will include remote, in person, 1-2-1 and group learning.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Ongoing employment and continuous career development.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent 7 GCSE's including Maths and English (Grade Grade A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) Essential
A Level or equivalent Maths, Science, Computer Science or similar (Grade Grade A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

We are committed to creating an environment of collaboration, support and inclusion. We have an office in Westminster and operate a flexible, hybrid working arrangement. Most members of the delivery team work 1-3 days per week in the office and the remainder from home. New starters are paired with a senior colleague who will provide mentoring and support. Normal working hours are 09.00-17.30, but there is flexibility in these times that can be agreed with your line manager. We offer 25 days of paid annual leave, membership of the NEST pension scheme and additional benefits such as free eye tests.

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