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New standards: Published by DfE


The following new apprenticeship standards have been approved by the Department for Education.

NB: End-point assessment - Under the reform of apprenticeships, all apprentices undertake an end-point assessment at which they demonstrate that they are now fully competent in the role for which they have been training. The organisation that does that assessment and grades the apprentice as a pass, merit or distinction, has to be on the Skills Funding Agency’s Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations.

If you have any specific queries please e-mail apprenticeships@thetechpartnership.com

 

     

    Cyber Intrusion Analysts

    This standard is for employers looking to recruit and train people to detect breaches in network security for escalation to incident response or other determined function. An Intrusion Analyst will typically use a range of automated tools to monitor networks in real time, will understand and interpret the alerts that are automatically generated by those tools, will integrate and correlate information from a variety of sources and in different forms, and where necessary will seek additional information to inform the Analyst’s judgement on whether or not the alert represents a security breach. When an Analyst has decided that a security breach has been detected, he or she will escalate to an incident response team, or other determined action, providing both notification of the breach and evidence with reasoning that supports the judgement that a breach has occurred. An Analyst will typically work as part of a team (or may lead a team) and will interact with external stakeholders, including customers and third party sources of threat and vulnerability intelligence and advice.

    Job roles covered - This standard is suitable for the following job roles: Secure Operations Centre (SOC) Analysts, Intrusion Analysts, Network Intrusion Analysts, Incident Response Centre (IRC) Analysts and Network Operations Centre (NOC) Security Analysts.

    Duration and funding: This Level 4 apprenticeship is typically 24 months in duration. This apprenticeship has been allocated funding cap 6: with a maximum government contribution of £18,000, where the employer contributes £9,000. It also attracts the following incentive payments for employers:

    • 16 – 18 year olds: £5,400
    • Small businesses with less than 50 employees: £2,700
    • Successful completion: £2,700

    Documentation: 
    Standard (PDF 252 KB)
    Occupational Brief (PDF 550 KB)
    Assessment Plan (PDF 638 KB)


     

    Cyber Security Technologists

    This standard is for employers looking to recruit and train people who apply an understanding of cyber threats, hazards, risks, controls, measures and mitigations to protect organisations systems and people.

    • Those focused on the technical side work on areas such as security design & architecture, security testing, investigations & response.
    • Those focussed on the risk analysis side focus on areas such as operations, risk, governance & compliance.

    Whether focussed on the technical or risk analysis side, all people in this occupation work to achieve required security outcomes in a legal and regulatory context in all parts of the economy. They develop and apply practical knowledge of information security to deliver solutions that fulfil an organisation’s requirements.

    Job roles covered - This standard is suitable for the following job roles: Cyber Operations Manager, Security Architect, Penetration Tester, Security Analyst, Risk Analyst, Intelligence Researcher, Security Sales Engineer, Cyber Security Specialist, Information Security Analyst, Governance & Compliance Analyst, Information Security Assurance & Threat Analyst, Forensics & Incident Response Analyst, Security Engineer, Information Security Auditor, Security Administrator, Information Security Officer.

    Duration and funding - This Level 4 apprenticeship is typically 24 months in duration. This apprenticeship has been allocated funding cap 6: with a maximum government contribution of £18,000, where the employer contributes £9,000. It also attracts the following incentive payments for employers:

    • 16 – 18 year olds: £5,400
    • Small businesses with less than 50 employees: £2,700
    • Successful completion: £2,700

    Documentation: 
    Standard (PDF 248 KB)
    Occupational Brief (PDF 451KB)
    Assessment Plan (PDF 584KB)

     

    Data Analysts

    This standard is for employers looking to recruit and train people to collect, organise and study data to provide business insight. Data analysts are typically involved with managing, cleansing, abstracting and aggregating data, and conducting a range of analytical studies on that data. They work across a variety of projects, providing technical data solutions to a range of stakeholder/customer issues. They document and report the results of data analysis activities, making recommendations to improve business performance. They have a good understanding of data structures, database systems and procedures and the range of analytical tools used to undertake a range of different types of analyses.

    Job roles covered - It is suitable for the following job roles: Data Analysts, Data Managers, Data Scientists, Data Modellers, Data Architects and Data Engineers.

    Duration and funding: This Level 4 apprenticeship is typically 24 months in duration. This apprenticeship has been allocated funding cap 6: with a maximum government contribution of £18,000, where the employer contributes £9,000. It also attracts the following incentive payments for employers:

    • 16 – 18 year olds: £5,400
    • Small businesses with less than 50 employees: £2,700
    • Successful completion: £2,700

    Documentation: 
    Standard (PDF 243 KB)
    Occupational Brief (PDF 591 KB)
    Assessment Plan (PDF 243 KB)


     

    Digital Marketers

    This new apprenticeship standard has been designed by employers. It is for those employers looking to recruit and train people to co-ordinate online and technology driven activities and to plan, implement and apply these tools to drive customer acquisition, customer engagement and customer retention.

    Job roles covered - This standard has been developed for employers with the following job roles: Digital Marketer, Digital Marketing Assistant, Digital Marketing Executive, Digital Marketing Coordinator, Campaign Executive, Social Media Executive, Content Coordinator, E-mail Marketing Assistant, SEO executive, Analytics Executive, and Digital Marketing Technologist.

    Duration and funding - This Level 3 apprenticeship is typically eighteen months in duration. This apprenticeship has been allocated funding cap 3: with a maximum government contribution of £6,000, where the employer contributes £3,000. It also attracts the following incentive payments for employers:

    • 16 – 18 year olds: £1,800
    • Small businesses with less than 50 employees: £900
    • Successful completion: £900

    Documentation: 
    Standard (PDF 248 KB)
    Occupational Brief (PDF 451KB)
    Assessment Plan (PDF 584KB)

     

    Infrastructure Technicians

    This new apprenticeship standard has been designed by employers.  It is suitable for those employers looking to recruit and train people to provide technical support to internal and external customers, helping them to be productive when using technology to do their own jobs. By the end of the programme, apprentices will be able to set people up on systems and provides support when needed, rectifying issues to maintain the organisation’s productivity. 

    Job roles covered: This standard has been developed for employers with the following job roles: Helpdesk Technician, First or Second Line Support, IT Infrastructure Technician, and Network Support.

    Duration and funding: This Level 3 apprenticeship is typically 12 months in duration. This apprenticeship has been allocated funding cap 6: with a maximum government contribution of £18,000, where the employer contributes £9,000. It also attracts the following incentive payments for employers:

    • 16 – 18 year olds: £5,400
    • Small businesses with less than 50 employees: £2,700
    • Successful completion: £2,700

    Documentation:
    Standard (PDF 325 KB)
    Occupational Brief (PDF 456KB)
    Assessment Plan (PDF 585KB)

     

    IT Technical Salesperson

    This standard is for employers looking to recruit and train people who will sell a company’s technical products and services. They need a good knowledge and understanding of the portfolio of technologies that are available. They work to maintain good relationships with existing clients, gaining repeat business wherever possible from customers both internal and external, UK or internationally. They also approach potential customers with the aim of winning new business. They maintain a thorough understanding of existing technologies and those that are emerging.

    Job roles covered: This standard has been developed for employers with the following job roles: Sales Associate, Sales Consultant, Sales Engineer, Entry Level Customer Support, Technical Retail Assistant, Technical Tele Sales, Junior Account Manager.

    Duration and funding: This Level 3 apprenticeship is typically 12 months in duration. This apprenticeship has been allocated funding cap 4: with a maximum government contribution of £8,000, where the employer contributes £4,000. It also attracts the following incentive payments for employers:

    • 16 – 18 year olds: £2,400
    • Small businesses with less than 50 employees: £1,200
    • Successful completion: £1,200

    Documentation:
    Standard (PDF 83 KB)
    Occupational Brief (PDF 396 KB)
    Assessment Plan (PDF 328 KB)

     

    Network Engineers

    This standard is for employers looking to recruit and train people to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Network engineers need to maintain high levels of operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers. They will understand network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance.

    Job roles covered - This standard is suitable for the following job roles: Network Technician, Network Engineer, Systems Engineer, Network Administrator.

    Duration and funding - This Level 4 apprenticeship is typically 24 months in duration. This apprenticeship has been allocated the top funding cap: with a maximum government contribution of £18,000, where the employer contributes £9,000. It also attracts the following incentive payments for employers:

    • 16 – 18 year olds: £5,400
    • Small businesses with less than 50 employees: £2,700
    • Successful completion: £2,700

    Documentation:
    Standard (PDF 118 KB)
    Occupational Brief (PDF 350KB)
    Assessment Plan (PDF 616KB)

     

    Software Developers

    This standard is for employers looking to recruit and train people to build and test simple, high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers. A developer will typically be working as part of a larger team, in which they will have responsibility for some of the straightforward elements of the overall project. The developer will need to be able to interpret design documentation and specifications. The customer requirements will typically be defined and agreed by more experienced or specialist members of the team, such as a business analyst or technical architect.

    Job roles covered - This standard is suitable for the following job roles: Web Developer, Application Developer, Mobile App Developer, Games Developer, Software Developer.

    Duration and funding - This Level 4 apprenticeship is typically 24 months in duration. This apprenticeship has been allocated the top funding cap: with a maximum government contribution of £18,000, where the employer contributes £9,000. It also attracts the following incentive payments for employers:

    • 16 – 18 year olds: £5,400
    • Small businesses with less than 50 employees: £2,700
    • Successful completion: £2,700

    Documentation:
    Standard (PDF 224 KB)
    Occupational Brief (PDF 558 KB)
    Assessment Plan (PDF 555KB)

     

    Software Development Technicians

    This standard is for employers looking to recruit and train people who will work as part of a software development team, to build simple software components (whether web, mobile or desktop applications) to be used by other members of the team as part of larger software development projects. They will interpret simple design requirements for discrete components of the project under supervision. The approach will typically include implementing code, which other team members have developed, to produce the required component. The Software Development Technician will also be engaged in testing that the specific component meets its intended functionality.

    Job roles covered - Software Development Technician, Junior Developer, Junior Web Developer, Junior Application Developer, Junior Mobile App Developer, Junior Games Developer, Junior Software Developer, Junior Application Support Analyst, Junior Programmer, Assistant Programmer and Automated Test Developer.

    Duration and funding - This Level 3 apprenticeship is typically 18 months in duration. This apprenticeship has been allocated funding cap 6: with a maximum government contribution of £18,000, where the employer contributes £9,000. It also attracts the following incentive payments for employers:

    • 16 – 18 year olds: £5,400
    • Small businesses with less than 50 employees: £2,700
    • Successful completion: £2,700

    Documentation:
    Standard (PDF 211 KB)
    Occupational Brief (PDF 463 KB)
    Assessment Plan (PDF 567 KB)

    Software Testers

    This standard is for those employers looking to recruit and train people who ensure that software operates as intended. Testers typically design and prepare test plans and conduct software testing as appropriate to ensure that software is fit for purpose. They document and report the results of testing activities. They have a good understanding of the software lifecycle and software development practices.

    Job roles covered - This standard is suitable for the following job roles: Software Testers and Software Test Analysts.

    Level and duration - This is a level 4 apprenticeship, typically lasting 24 months. This apprenticeship has been allocated funding cap 6: with a maximum government contribution of £18,000, where the employer contributes £9,000. It also attracts the following incentive payments for employers:

    • 16 – 18 year olds: £5,400
    • Small businesses with less than 50 employees: £2,700
    • Successful completion: £2,700

    Documentation:
    Standard (PDF 224 KB)
    Occupational Brief (PDF 558 KB)
    Assessment Plan (PDF 555KB)

     

    Unified Communications Trouble-shooters

    This standard is suitable for employers looking to recruit and train people to provide customers (internal or external) with a specialist technical service to set them up on unified communications systems and to resolve problems when they arise. This service can be delivered face-to-face, on the ‘phone or online. They are required to install equipment and software and handle incidents and requests for help, including providing fault diagnostic across a broad range of unified communications technologies in accordance with business service level agreements.

    Duration and funding: This Level 4 apprenticeship is typically 24 months in duration. This apprenticeship has been allocated funding cap 6: with a maximum government contribution of £18,000, where the employer contributes £9,000. It also attracts the following incentive payments for employers:

    • 16 – 18 year olds: £5,400
    • Small businesses with less than 50 employees: £2,700
    • Successful completion: £2,700

    Documentation: 
    Standard (PDF 246 KB)
    Occupational Brief (PDF 445 KB)
    Assessment Plan (PDF 567 KB)

     

    Unified Communications Technicians

    This Standard is for employers looking to recruit and train people who establish and maintain communications systems under supervision. They use a range of remote and physical tools and equipment. They install basic communication hardware and software. They also deal with routine service requests from internal and external sources including fault rectification across a range of technologies, applying security principals in line with legal and organisational requirements. This role will require the individual to work alone or as part of a team, and could be office based, field-based, or in remote sites as required.

    Typical Job Roles - Telecommunication Technician, Unified Communications Technician, Telecommunications Operative.

    Duration and funding - This Level 3 apprenticeship is typically 24-30 months in duration. This apprenticeship has been allocated funding cap 6: with a maximum government contribution of £18,000, where the employer contributes £9,000. It also attracts the following incentive payments for employers:

    • 16 – 18 year olds: £5,400
    • Small businesses with less than 50 employees: £2,700
    • Successful completion: £2,700

    Documentation: 
    Standard (PDF 204 KB)
    Occupational Brief (PDF 315 KB)
    Assessment Plan (PDF 567 KB)