5 Questions to ask before choosing your L4 Data Analyst Apprenticeship Provider


At Digital Native we’re seeing a lot of demand for the Data Analyst apprenticeship and there’s a limited number of providers that are genuinely able to deliver.

Here’s our thoughts on the 5 questions you should ask before appointing a provide along with our answers.

1. What real world analytics experience do your data coaches have? 

Answer: Led by the former CTO of a tier one consultancy’s Business Information Management division our coach’s experience includes rocket scientist (really) and manufacturing analyst

Why is this important? We understand that a number of large training providers are looking to deliver this using generic IT tutors with no background in analytics.

2. What’s the academic background of your data coaches?

Answer: All have BSc’s in numerical subjects and most coaches have MSc’s in subjects such as Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Reasoning

Why is this important? The Level 4 Data Analyst apprenticeship covers some quite complex advanced statistical concepts. Our experience shows apprentices need expert support to engage with these and develop the understanding required. 

3. How well do you understand what we do and what our requirements are?

Answer: our coaches have experience of consulting to FTSE 100 companies on Business Intelligence and Analytics and have been responsible for growing and developing data teams. We’ve also worked across a range of technologies including PowerBi, Hadoop, Qlick, Azure and SAP

Why is this important? Analytics needs to be driven by an organisation’s goals. If apprentices don’t understand why data is being analysed then they won’t be able to identify what is important. It’s therefore essential that coaches can understand what an apprentice is being asked to deliver and enable the apprentice to contextualise the theory they are learning. 

4. How do you plan to get apprentices through the EMC exam?

Answer: do not underestimate this exam, it’s tough! We have developed our own curriculum and have recruited mathematicians which has resulted in our 100% pass rate.

Most providers are looking to buy in external 5 day courses which are not relevant for junior data analysists which leads to poor success rates.

Why is this important? Some of the biggest apprenticeship provides have been lobbying hard to get this qualification removed from the apprenticeship and essentially dumb down the apprenticeship standard. For genuine data analysis roles this is a very relevant qualification.

5. How will you establish if the Level 4 Data Analysis apprenticeship is right for my role and candidates?

Answer: for the role we sit down with Line Managers and establish if it’s a Data Analysis role or a Data Administration / Reporting role.

For the candidate we consider their previous academic qualifications and ask that they complete a data exercise using a relevant technology such as Azure Machine Learning.

Where either the candidate or the role isn’t right for the L4 Data Analyst apprenticeship but the organisation needs to develop Data Administration / Reporting skills we’ve developed a HNC pathway that is still at Level 4 and fits this role.

Why is this important? The LEVEL 4 Data Analyst apprenticeship is not right for every data analyst role, an experienced partner will be able to advise you if it is right for you and your organisation.

If you’d like to find out more or discuss this further than please contact us at hello@dn-uk.com or Martin on 07590 616419.