The Data Science Graduate Apprenticeship will support employees to aim for a career in a fast-paced sector. They could apply for jobs in many different areas, such as:
local and central government
We've worked with employers, colleges and universities to create this degree-level qualification. Your employees will gain the skills, knowledge and understanding that the industry needs. You can recruit new employees, upskill or reskill existing employees.
Successful candidates will gain a Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 10.
The key content areas which the Data Science Graduate Apprenticeship supports are:
machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI)
business insights through data science
data protection and ethics
data science professional skills and behaviours
By the end of it they'll have achieved the following qualification(s):
BSc (Honours) degree in Data Science at SCQF Level 10
Entry requirements for Graduate Apprenticeships vary by course and institution.
Each vacancy advert says what qualifications are needed to start each Graduate Apprenticeship. The candidate can also contact the university directly for guidance on entry requirements.
Progression and development
Candidates completing the Data Science Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 10 could apply for roles such as:
machine learning engineer
data insight analyst
How does it work?
Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study at university about 1 day a week. At the end they’ll have achieved an honours degree.
Cost and funding
As Graduate Apprentices are your employees, you'll pay their salary. This is not set by SDS but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage.
Graduate Apprentice learning costs are now funded by the Scottish Funding Council and Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). Funding covers the full duration of the programme. Graduate Apprentices will apply directly to SAAS for the funding.
If you need any further information, visit the SAAS website.
How long will it take?
This is a Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 10 (Honours degree level) and will take up to 4 years to complete.
Some people might complete the apprenticeship in a shorter time. That’s because they might have prior learning or experience that can be taken into consideration. This means they wouldn't have to repeat some parts of the qualification.