Data Engineer Apprentice

Do you want to play a part in the transformation of our business? Join us on our Data Engineer Apprentice Scheme and you can develop your knowledge, grow new skills and study towards a professional qualification!

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Help us find new ways to grow 

You’ll join our Network Strategy and Engineering division, responsible for providing insights and analytics on our fixed and mobile networks. Our teams are full of individuals with different skills, knowledge and experiences. You’ll work alongside Data Engineers, Data Scientists, Data Analysts, Technical Modellers and so on.  


Build skills for the future   

As an apprentice, you will learn to understand how data moves around Virgin Media O2 and take responsibility for data feeds. You’ll need to keep the data high quality, responding to any issues as they occur. Once you’ve built your confidence in this area, you’ll move to our Analytics team. Here you’ll learn to interpret data and bring meaning to it, presenting trends to people of all levels and technical understanding. You’ll help us to understand how our network behaviour impacts customer performance, providing recommendations to improve our business, products and services in the future. 


What we look for   

The ability to explain sophisticated topics to technical and non-technical teammates. An interest in developing skills in statistics, automation and coding. Curiosity – we want to see your eagerness to dig deep into topics and understand why they work the way they do, and why we do things the way we do. Each day, you’ll be working with data, so confidence with numbers and an understanding of how to work with and pull conclusions from data is important. Other qualities we’d like to see include: 

  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Comfortable dealing with strict timelines and large volumes of data 
  • Ability to not take things at face value 

We have opportunities available in our Reading office. This role is hybrid, however you will be expected to come into the office when required. 

We’re 100% committed to having a workforce that represents every part of our society, so we’re keen to hear from candidates of all backgrounds and circumstances.    


What’s in it for you   

A starting salary of £30,000, an opportunity to develop your skills and the chance to work towards a Level 6 Digital & Tech Solutions qualification. All our apprenticeships are permanent, so once you have successfully completed the scheme, you will have a role in the Network and Engineering division waiting for you, with a landing salary from £40,000. Plus, you can enjoy all our amazing benefits, including: 

  • 25 days holiday   
  • Your birthday off every year   
  • Employee discounts on mobile, broadband and TV services   

…and loads more!   


What is involved with studying for an apprenticeship?   

Your apprenticeship consists of learning on the job, but also gaining the academic skills to put into practice in your day-to-day job. As a result, you’ll complete the apprenticeship as part of a structured learning programme alongside working in the role. The learning programme is made up of a suite of modules and achievements and you’ll be required to evidence your work against these modules via tasks and assignments. For some apprenticeships, you may also undertake additional technical qualifications, which include studying for, and taking an exam. Once you have completed your modules, you’ll then move to your End Point Assessment (EPA) which typically includes an interview and a project. Once you pass this stage, you will receive your apprenticeship qualification with us.    


Apprenticeship: Level 6 Digital & Tech Solutions
Duration: 36 months  
Start Date: April 2023
Locations: Reading
Requirements: Maths GCSE Level 9-6 and 3 A Levels grade BCC (104 UCAS points), or a Level 3 Apprenticeship or equivalent
Salary: Starting salary of £30,000, with an increase to £36,000 after 24 months. Final salaries are from £40,000 + amazing benefits 

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