Grant Thornton and BPP Education Group have announced the launch of two new data apprenticeship programmes.
The new programmes meet the requirements of the Level 3 Data Technician and Level 4 Data Analyst Apprenticeship Standards respectively, which have been signed off for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.
The partnership brings together BPP’s apprenticeship provision and Grant Thornton’s extensive “insight and expertise in data analytics and assurance”.
The two programmes are designed for employees “who work with a wide range of data to empower them to enhance their professional performance”.
It comes as the firm revealed “there has been a growing demand for talent with strong data skills across all industries”. The Level 3 and Level 4 Data programmes are the latest addition to a “suite of development programmes offered by Grant Thornton”.
The programmes, cost £12,000 (Level 3) and £15,000 (Level 4) and eligible organisations will be able to use their Apprenticeship Levy to pay the entirety of this cost.
The first intake for the programme will start in May 2021 and then rolling starts thereafter.
Jamie Crossman-Smith, head of data analytics and audit innovation, financial services group, Grant Thornton said: “From our work with clients we know that data skills are becoming increasingly sought after.
“Organisations are looking to build their in-house expertise to ensure they understand the data they have access to and are able use it effectively to drive better decision making and create competitive advantage. These programmes will really help with developing a much-needed pipeline of talent in the data space.”