Data Product Specialist Apprentice

Do you want a highly technical role with real impact? Join us on our Data Product Specialist Apprenticeship and you can study, learn and work towards a professional qualification while doing a job you love!

Be the one translating technical conversations 

Our Data Product Apprentices will join the Data Product Specialist team, who are the bridge that connects the architectural steers from architects through to vendors’ designers. You will be responsible for handling several persistent data products and influencing projects that affect them, working with designers to keep them at the top of their game.  By the end of the programme, you’ll have all the experience and knowledge needed to roll off into a Junior Data Product Specialist role. 


Build skills for the future 

As an apprentice, you will turn complex IT ideas into more common language in order to help business users understand how the data works for them. Data is the “DNA” at the heart of any digital business which Virgin Media O2 is evolving into. You will allow our capability to continue growing while also keeping the wider business aware of technical projects that affect them. Driving improvements, influencing projects, supporting stakeholders and defining and applying the IT and process standards for our growth. Responsibilities you could take on include: 

  • Coordinating end-to-end data product design and development projects to ensure quality deliverable of business capability while maintaining alignment to the strategic roadmap 
  • Collaborating with architects and designers on relevant projects to understand designs and ensure they meet business needs 
  • Identifying new opportunities for technology, use of toolsets, and new Data Products, and carrying out proof of concepts for these 
  • Holding technical conversations with a variety of people while ensuring the right information is being relayed clearly 


What we look for 

A real passion for IT, eagerness to develop and initiative. We’re looking for someone that’s confident and never afraid to ask questions or for help. This is a technical IT role so you’ll need to be comfortable reaching out when necessary to develop your technical understanding to an extent where you can explain the purpose, concepts and realisation to non-IT stakeholders too. As you’ll handle multiple projects at one time you should also be an organised individual with the ability to multitask. Other qualities we’d like to see include: 

  • Ability to communicate with people of all levels  
  • Knowledge of IT: software lifecycle; data and Extract Transform Load (ETL) and Extract Load Transform (ELT) principles.  
  • A logical and consistent approach 
  • Quick learner that can get going quickly 

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. Although small, our team is made up of individuals from different backgrounds and it’s important that anyone that joins us is comfortable being themselves at work. This value is prominent in our teams, and it should be portrayed in yourself too.   


What’s in it for you 

A starting salary of £30,000 with regular progression points throughout the scheme and final salaries landing from £45,000. Once you do successfully complete the apprenticeship you will have a permanent role in our Data Product team open to you as well as a Level 6 Digital & Technology Solutions qualification under your belt. 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 is made up of learning on the job and 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 milestones 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 and milestones, you’ll then move to your End Point Assessment (EPA) which is typically made up of an interview and a project. Once you pass this stage, you will receive your apprenticeship qualification with us.  


Apprenticeship: Level 6 Digital & Technology Solutions 
Duration: 36 months
Start Date: January 2023 
Locations: Reading 
Requirements: 2 A-Levels, or a Level 3 Apprenticeship or equivalent
Salary: Starting salary of £30,000, with an increase to £36,000 after 24 months. Final salaries will be from £45,000 + amazing benefits 


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