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Data Science Apprenticeship (Level 6)

Employer
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Location
Swindon, Wiltshire or London
Salary
£25,702
Closing date
6 Jun 2022

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Specialism
IT
Sector
Public Sector / Government, Technology
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
September
Duration
24 months+
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Data Science Apprenticeship (Level 6)
UKRI, Swindon or London
Duration: 4 Years/Fixed Term Contract
Salary: £25,702 per annum
Start date: September 2022

Closing date: 6th June 2022
Interviews: WC 20th June 2022

 

 

This is an exciting opportunity to start your career in Data Science working in the dynamic, multi-disciplinary analytical team at the heart of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

UKRI invests over £8bn on research each year. This funding leads to world class research which saves lives, supports the economy, and improves society. It also has a major influence on how the Research and Development (R&D) system operates. That is why we need to make sure that UKRI’s activities and policies are based on the best available data and evidence. The Analysis team uses a range of methodologies to take on some of the most important issues surrounding R&D. We work hand in hand with policy and strategy colleagues, putting evidence and analysis at the core of policy development and delivery and performance monitoring and evaluation.

Reasons our staff enjoy working for us:

  • A focus on personal development. You will work with your line manager to develop your own Learning and Development plan. We support new analysts to become subject experts and to develop skills in data science, coding, presenting findings, and other areas of analysis.
  • We work with large and interesting data, including data collected by UKRI from grant applicants and research organisations as well as various other public and private data.
  • An excellent benefit pension scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Season ticket and rent deposit loans
  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Being part of a team that values excellence, mutual support, and collaborative working
  • Our apprentices have access to the UKRI Early Career Network and we will provide opportunities for our apprentices to network with data science apprentices in other government departments, including the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
  • For more information on the rest of our employee benefits, see: https://www.ukri.org/about-us/work-for-us/working-at-ukri/

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. The role will be based in either Swindon or London, however, patterns of work in the team allow for a large proportion of work to be done from home and there will be the opportunities to visit colleagues in other UKRI sites.

The role

The UKRI Analysis Team is seeking to recruit 2 Apprentices to start in September 2022 based in Swindon or London. The role will lead to a BSc (hons) in Data Science from York St John University. Alongside this you will work alongside our team of 40 expert analysts and have exposure to large and interesting data sets.

We will fund and support your studies over a 4-year period to achieve BSc (Hons) in addition to helping you develop a broader range of personal and professional skills. The Data Science Apprentice will gain first-hand experience working as part of a professional team on live projects supported by theoretical learning. You will have the opportunity to make an impact early on in your role, where you’ll also learn the specialist skills tailored to the knowledge, skills and behaviours of a competent data science professional. You will receive mentoring from trained project professionals as well as access to internal and external training courses.

We know it’s important to consider future career prospects and there are plenty of opportunities to continue your professional development after your initial apprenticeship within UKRI.

Prior data science experience is not required, and this opportunity is ideal for both recent school leavers looking to start a career in data science and those who are looking for a career change.

We can offer you real breadth of experience in a truly unique organisation. The key responsibilities are likely to include:

  • Deliver analytical work using cutting edge analysis techniques. Use and develop your data science skills.
  • Develop expertise on available data sources, both to use them yourself and to support other users to query and validate their analyses.
  • Communicate outcomes of analysis to analysts and non-analysts in a clear and informative way.
  • Work collaboratively, building new links and directly interacting with and influencing relevant parties. Work as part of a team and be an active member of the wider analytical community.
  • Answer data commissions, including parliamentary questions and freedom of information act requests.
  • Take responsibility for your learning and development under the apprenticeship.

What you will study

Working alongside your programme of work at UKRI, you’ll undertake a Level 6 Data Science (BSc) Degree Apprenticeship with York St. John University. Indicative units you will study:

  • Programming
  • Linear Algebra
  • Communication
  • Practice in Interdisciplinary Problem Solving
  • Analysis & Optimisation
  • Probability, Statistics & Data Analysis
  • Modelling & Numerical Analysis
  • Databases
  • Geometry & Groups
  • Object-oriented Programming
  • Graphs, Networks & Systems
  • Advanced Data Applications
  • Data Visualisation
  • Artificial Intelligence

Towards the end of the Apprenticeship you will undertake a work-based project and a final End-Point Assessment to include a knowledge test, a project report and a professional discussion with a sectoral expert.

The qulifications you will achieve are:

  • BSc (Hons) Data Science
  • Level 6 Data Science Apprenticeship

About You

We are looking for an enthusiastic and hard-working Apprentice to join our Data Science team.

The Shortlisting Criteria are below - where indicated the following criteria will be assessed at Shortlisting (S), Interview (I), or Both (S&I)

Key Requirements

Essential

  • Must have/be predicted 120 UCAS points and one of these must be A Level Maths, minimum Grade B or equivalent – please give subjects and results in your CV (S)
  • A strong interest in Data Science, technology and computing and a commitment to gaining your BSC (hons) data science – your CV and/or personal statement should describe a relevant personal or school project, or your general interest in data and popular data-related topics (e.g. SQL, databases, Statistics, programming languages, Excel). Focus on what you enjoyed or what excites you and why you are applying for this apprenticeship scheme (S&I)
  • Ability to work independently and manage small projects – demonstrate you can plan and organise your own work, are conscientious and pay attention to detail (I)
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills – demonstrated in your personal statement and tested at interview (S&I)
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills – a successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to explain topics clearly and concisely and work well in a team (S&I)

Desirable

  • Programming experience with at least one language, e.g. R or Python (S&I)
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