New digital apprenticeship standard comes to market

A new ‘trailblazer’ apprenticeship standard, the Level 4 ‘Information Systems (IS) Business Analyst’, has been approved in time for the Apprenticeship Levy, which comes into effect this week. 

Developed by employers collaborating through the Tech Partnership, the new digital apprenticeship standard gives employers an opportunity to train the next generation of IS business analysts and bridge the skills gap within this specialist area. 

The apprenticeship standard was developed by employers from a wide range of sectors, including National Grid, Allianz, BUPA, NHS Digital, Virgin Atlantic and Barclaycard. Guidance for employers and training providers on the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of the apprentice, in addition to the job they will need to do, is now available on the apprenticeship standards page.

The IS Business Analyst standard brings the list of approved digital apprenticeship standards developed by Tech Partnership employers to fourteen. Other approved standards include those for Digital Marketer, Network Engineer, and Cyber Intrusion Analyst.

Looking ahead, a suite of digital degree apprenticeship standards is currently under development by Tech Partnership employers – namely, a BSc apprenticeship in Cyber Security; a BSc apprenticeship in Digital User Experience (UX); and an MSc apprenticeship in Digital & Technology Solutions

These new digital degree apprenticeship standards are being developed in the wake of the success to date of the BSc apprenticeship in Digital & Technology Solutions, which has already attracted 60 employers, 20 universities and 700 degree apprentices since its launch in 2015.

Commenting on the need for the MSc apprenticeship, Jenny Taylor, IBM’s UK Graduate, Apprenticeship and Student Programme Manager and Chair of the Tech Partnership’s Digital Apprenticeship Standards Steering Group said: “This masters apprenticeship will be hugely valuable for employers who need to train their graduate level new entrants and those upskilling existing staff for particularly demanding or complex digital specialist roles.”

As well as working with employers and universities, the Tech Partnership has also recently collaborated with Go Think Big, the careers and learning portal for young people developed by O2/Telefonica, to promote the benefits of digital apprenticeships to the 60,000 16-24 year olds who visit Go Think Big each month. 

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