Level 3

Data Technician

The broad purpose of a Data Technician is to source, format, and present data securely in a relevant way for analysis.

Overview of the role - IconOverview of the role

This includes collecting and processing data, communicating outcomes in a format appropriate to the audience and organisation, analysing structured and unstructured data to support business outcomes, blending data from multiple sources as directed as well as applying legal and ethical principles when manipulating data.

Typical job roles - IconTypical job roles

Database Technician, Data Support Analyst, Junior Data Analyst and Junior Information Analyst

Details of the Standard - IconDetails of the Standard

The Apprenticeship Standard is a period of training where knowledge is acquired, skills developed and practically applied. When the apprentice has reached the required level, they are entered into the gateway for their end-point-assessment. Once the end-point organisation has completed the assessments and tests then the award will be given.

Duration - IconDuration

Typical duration: 24 months plus EPA (Approx. 2-3 months).

Entry Requirements - IconEntry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include 5 GCSEs (especially English, mathematics and a science or technology subject); other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on IT skills.

English and maths - IconEnglish and maths

To complete the apprenticeship the employee must pass level 2 English and maths (or have the appropriate exemption certificate) before undertaking their End-Point-Assessment.

Delivery - IconCurriculum, delivery and readiness for End-Point-Assessment

Swatpro Academy's bespoke programme will cover all the mandatory and optional knowledge and skills outlined in the standard, covering a range of topics including:

  • Working with different types and formats of data
  • Communicating and presenting data
  • Value and role of data
  • Algorithms
  • Source and migrate data
  • Clean and process data
  • Identify trends, patterns, and insights
  • Summarise and explain data

The delivery will include 20% ‘off the job’ training, through a blend of remote, online and in the workplace training. The tutor will review progress with both apprentice and employer at least once every 8 weeks. Those not having L2 Maths and English will attend additional classes. When the apprentice has reached the required level, they are entered into the phase known as ‘gateway’ for their End-PointAssessments (EPA) undertaken with an independent Assessment Organisation.

Assessment - IconEnd-Point-Assessment

The apprentice will need to successfully complete all components of the End Point Assessment stage to achieve the overall apprenticeship standard. This includes:

Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio

Scenario demonstrations with questioning

Apprentices are independently assessed at the end of their programme to achieve the apprenticeship at a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.

Professional Recognition - IconProfessional Recognition

Registration to the Register of IT Technicians (RITTech). Once apprentices have completed their apprenticeship, they are officially recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS) for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians, confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence.

Progression - IconProgression

Progression from this apprenticeship could lead to a Database Technician, Data Support Analyst or undertaking the Level 4 Data Analyst apprenticeship programme.