Data Technician (Level 3)




Data Technician

Training Provider

Cambridge Spark Limited



16 months
Most Suitable For
Anyone wanting to improve their skills and knowledge when working with data and increasing their analytical and presentational capabilities.
Level 3 Data Technician Advanced Apprenticeship award and optional embedded NHS Leadership Academy Edward Jenner award. Learners will also have the option of Microsoft Vendor certification.
Programme Cost

£12,000. For non-levy paying employers only 5% contribution required to be paid (£600) or potential for 100% levy transfer (£0). There are no additional costs to study for the optional NHSLA Edward Jenner award or Microsoft Vendor Certificate.

Additional Funding
For all Employers:
If apprentice is under the age of 25, Employer may not have to pay Class 1 Employer National Insurance. Full details and criteria are found here.
• The following are available for apprenticeships starting between 1 August 2023 – 31 July 2024 (full details and criteria are found within the ESFA Funding Rules):
  1. £1,000 if apprentice is aged 16 to 18 years old, OR aged 19 to 24 years old and has an education health and care (EHC) plan/been in the care of their local authority.
  2. Gov will fund 100% of the tuition fee if employer supports a young apprentice AND has fewer than 50 employees.
Start Date
Usually September, November, February, March, May and July
Teaching Delivery
Key Learning Requirements
Apprenticeships require learners to achieve specific new knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs), which are detailed in the Apprenticeship Standard. These are acheived by;
1) Programme Teaching; online, usually consisting of 1 x 3-4 hour workshop per week, plus self-directed protected learning time. This includes live instructor led modules and self paced e-learning and online resources, Plus masterclass events and 1:1 coaching as well as meetings with their data mentors. The optional NHSLA EJ is covered as a dedicated module within the programme (an alternative module can be studied if learner has already completed EJ or does not wish to complete). The optional Microsoft Vendor will be recommended to learners by the course team if suitable, as this in an additional module studied alongside the apprenticeship.
2) Independent study; such as assignment/project research and write up
3) Learning in the workplace; shadowing colleagues, completing programme assigned work based projects, day-to-day development within your current role duties/work activities, reflections with mentor, relevant training sessions.
This programme has fixed module delivery (you are unable to choose the modules studied). A list of modules is available on the course webpage or course materials.
This programme does not require external placements to be completed, although varied experiences are beneficial.
Assessed throughout the programme by assignments, observations, evaluations and End Point Assessment. There may be a short additional exam for the Edward Jenner award. Further details on this and the Optional Microsoft Vendor certificate will be provided by the training provider at application stage.
Key Candidate Entry Requirements
• Employed 30 hours or more per week for the duration of the apprenticeship.
• Preferably, evidence of English and Maths at GCSE C/4 or above / Functional Skills Level 2 / Equivalent. (If the candidate does not have evidence of Maths and English at the relevant level, there are two options;
1. via HEE funded online revision and exams (see Useful Information Tab)
2. Or, Training Provider will support the learner through the relevant learning and exams, alongside the apprenticeship. An initial diagnostic assessment will be completed by the Training Provider at application stage to determine suitability for this option).
Full requirements and details are found on the course webpage/information.
Key Employer Entry Requirements
• Ensure Learner has the support and opportunities to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship
• Line Manager to mentor the apprentice (Cambridge Spark supply the learners with a wide range of support, including; a data mentor who is a technical expert helping with the technical aspects of the programme, a learner success coach who supports with everything else from motivation, welfare and ensuring the learner has the best environment to learn. Learners will also get access to our browser based system EDUKATE.AI which is where they will do their coding and receive instant personalised feedback and receive a welfare of knowledge to upskill them. EDUKATE.AI provides a safe space to learn in and after graduation learners will also receive access for 6 months after).
Listed as an Approved Provider on HEE and NHS Procurement
Standard Framework
Application Timescale
It takes on average 2 – 3 months to complete all application stages for this programme.
If recruiting to this position, additional time will be required for recruitment and advertising stages.
Additional Training Hub Support
Primary Care Employees:
• Have access to all resources provided by the L&SCPC Training Hub such as Digital training, Health and Wellbeing support and events.
• Non-clinical Training and Resources: this webpage lists training and resources for non-clinical roles, which may compliment the apprenticeship (always check suitability with your apprenticeship training provider) 
• The Digital webpage
Social Care Employees:
• Have access to all resources provided by the L&SCSC Training Hub such as training, Health and Wellbeing support and events.
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How to Apply

If you would like to discuss or apply for an apprenticeship either for yourself, a member of staff or a vacancy for a new recruit, please complete the appropriate Training Hub Expression of Interest Form from the following options. This allows the apprenticeship team to complete basic pre-checks and to ensure the advice and guidance provided to you is tailored to your service. When relevant, application instructions (including tuition fee and funding instructions) will be sent.

Primary Care Online Expression of Interest Form. If you would like to discuss anything first, please email [email protected] or call Olivia on 07735161775

Social Care Online Expression of Interest Form. If you would like to discuss anything first, please email [email protected] or call Dawn on 07796 060023