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National Apprenticeship week

This week the Statistics profession and ONS are celebrating National Apprenticeship week (see John Pullinger’s blog).  The Government Statistical Service (GSS) is fully behind apprenticeships and is keen to celebrate the successful data analyst apprentices who already form part of the GSS community. Also, the Statistics profession, through GSS Careers is leading a Trailblazer Group to develop a new degree-level apprenticeship in data science on behalf of the public and private sector.

Building data science skills is a strategic priority for analysis in government. Over the last few months the Trailblazer Group has been working hard with industry to develop the skills in the standard as well as how it will be taught and assessed.  To find out more about the skills the apprenticeship will develop have a look at it on the Institute for Apprenticeship website. GSS Careers aims to make this degree (Level 6) data scientist apprenticeship available from September 2018 in England and Wales.

Initial expectations are that the course will take three or four years. It will provide a clear career pathway into the Statistics profession in government as well as large number of other private and public sector professional roles. Having a degree apprenticeship will help government attract and build future talent, as well as being a great opportunity for personal development for people who might not consider a degree qualification normally. Apprentices on the course will benefit from on the job training, classroom or distance based learning opportunities whilst developing a fulfilling career in the fast paced world of data science.

ONS and the Welsh Government have already seen success with our flagship foundation degree data analytics apprenticeship now in its second year. In Wales there are over 40 apprentices currently undertaking the apprenticeship and it is now being rolled out via the statistics profession in other government departments in England. The first GSS cohort of 20 will be starting shortly on important data analysis in Defra, DfE, HMRC, Home Office and the Office of Rail and Road. This opportunity to #GetInGoFar really does apply for analyst apprentices as part of the GSS! Find out more by contacting gss.carees@ons.gov.uk.