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Data and Insight Professional Development Programme

18 July 2022

Join an online information session on Thursday 28 July to discover more about professional development opportunities for UCL Data and Insight staff.

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As part of our commitment to support the professional development of our staff and to align our workforce with future UCL business needs, we are currently exploring options for a UCL Data and Insight Development Programme. 

What is it?

We aim to launch a Data and Insight Development Programme in January 2023. The programme will be funded through the UCL Apprenticeship Levy, and will provide structured training, allowing you to enhance your career prospects through the development of valuable skills and earn a nationally recognised qualification.

There are a variety of data training opportunities available covering qualification levels 4 (HNC) to level 7 (Masters). Visit our website for more information about opportunities for existing staff (mid-career)

Who is it for?

The programme is designed for those who work in a data-specific role or anyone who may wish to move into such a role. It is for staff who wish to develop their skills in manipulating and visualisation of data and to develop their knowledge of key technologies. Some programmes are also designed for managers and leaders who wish to discover new solutions that use data to improve and automate business processes. 

These opportunities will be open to staff who have successfully completed their probationary period and are on a permanent contract. It is essential that line-manager approval and commitment is confirmed (in writing) ahead of any application process, as approximately 20% of time will be spent in ‘off the job’ training.

Some programmes have specific essential eligibility criteria and requirements and those with previous related qualifications will need to check eligibility before making an application. 

What will the information session cover?

There will be two separate information sessions led by potential training providers Multiverse and Cambridge Spark

The sessions are aimed at those who have an interest in undertaking this development programme and managers and supporters who may wish to encourage and support the development of their team’s data and insight skills.

The purpose of these sessions is for you to gain an insight into the range of Data and Insight development programmes and an understanding of what different providers can offer. As the training will be provided as part of the UCL Apprenticeships Scheme, the sessions will also provide an opportunity to answer your questions about apprenticeships, to address and dispel some common misconceptions about apprenticeships, and to outline the benefits that this development opportunity can bring to you and UCL. 

These one-hour online sessions will include:

  • A 30-minute presentation from the training provider covering:
    An overview of the range of Data development programmes and their content and structure
    The delivery method of training
    An explanation of the 20% off-the-job training (what it is and the expectations)
    An explanation of the End Point Assessment (EPA)

  • A Q & A session with the provider and the UCL Apprenticeship team to answer any further questions you may have

  • Outline of the timelines and process for the initial internal application through to the launch of the training programme in January 2023.

We are currently in the scoping phase of this project and there is no obligation for those that attend the information session to apply for the development programmes. We would encourage you, where possible, to attend both sessions so that you have an insight into what different training providers might offer. 

We will be seeking feedback from you following the sessions. This feedback will be helpful to the UCL Apprenticeship team to identify the most appropriate training to meet your needs and will inform our decision-making as we formally appoint a training provider.

How do I book?

Please register using the link below by 12 noon on Wednesday 27 July. You can register to attend one or both of the sessions. There is an option on the booking form to register your interest, for staff who would like to find out more but who are unable to attend the information sessions.

The sessions will be held on MS Teams. Teams meeting links will be sent closer to the time of the event.

Register for the Data and Insight Professional Development Information Session -  Thursday 28 July

Please email Paula Sandamas, Apprenticeship Manager at p.sandamas@ucl.ac.uk if you have any questions about the programme.