Digital and Technology Specialist Degree Level 7 Apprenticeship


Employer description:

FCA Innovation is at the cutting edge of FinTech regulation, as such we engage with a wide range of stakeholders, internally and externally including industry, domestic and international regulators, think tanks, and the UK government.

Innovation supports firms to navigate the regulatory environment through a range of services, that include the Regulatory Sandbox, Innovation Pathways, the Digital Sandbox functions.

We formed Innovation in 2014, and the services have evolved to support the FCA continued commitment to keeping pace with technology and change. Since 2014, the department has supported nearly 1,000 innovative businesses in the UK across all sectors we regulate and we take the pulse of cutting-edge technologies and creative thinking in the market.


There are few jobs where you can make a real difference to the 2 million people who work in the UK Financial Services industry, the 40 million consumers of financial products and the stability of our economy as a whole. From regulating Consumer Credit to driving action on Foreign Exchange manipulation or helping strengthen accountability in the banking sector, the FCA is working with the industry to protect consumers, ensure the integrity of the UK financial system and promote fair and effective competition. 

Our remit has expanded significantly since our creation in 2013, with the number of firms we regulate growing from 23,000 to over 51,000. We oversee conduct across the full span of the financial sector from global investment banks to high street payday lenders, and are now preparing to implement a new strategy that will sharpen our focus to face the regulatory challenges ahead.

Digital and Technology Specialist Degree Level 7 Apprenticeship.

Company name: Financial Conduct Authority

Office address: 12 Endeavour Square, Stratford, London, E20 1JN

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Job title: Associate Degree Level 7 Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship programme and level: Digital and Technology Specialist Degree Level 7

Job type: Fixed term contract 2 years

Annual wage: £22,000 per annum

Working week: 35 hours per week

Company accessible vis public transport: Yes

Free parking available: No

Number of vacancies: 1 or 2, depending on applicants

Job description: 

We are seeking a Digital and Technology Specialist Degree Level 7 Apprentice to join within the Innovation Division, responsible for encouraging innovation in the interest of consumers, and our work helps to develop our rules and guidance to meet the needs of a fast-paced technological change. 

We are recruiting for a Data Analytics specialist-apprenticeship level position, who will provide support to the department data strategy and digital solutions. There will also be opportunities to shape our analysis to drive operational efficiencies. On the job coaching will be provided to the candidate so that they can perform comfortably in the role, whilst being given the opportunity to apply learning from their degree programme. 

In Innovation, we believe in doing things differently. We believe the best approach is sometimes a new approach. We place emphasis on curiosity and experimentation. We collaborate widely with academics, innovative companies and the rest of the FCA. We believe that people need space to continue learning and the support to develop new ideas, so we commit to giving them. Come and join us.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare, clean, merge and process structured/unstructured data from internal and external sources
  • Produce data engineering and quality check. Input/drive behavioural/operational/system changes to improve data quality and operational efficiency
  • Provide technical support of the delivery of the Data Strategy, using data analytics and data science skills to produce Fintech market insights and impact assessment on Innovation work. Sharing real-time intelligence with the department and the wider FCA
  • Update and maintain Innovation MI dashboards and draw insights to feed into data requests
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders on the insights generated from Innovation work and the impact assessment on the value bring to the industry
  • Explore and support the delivery of advanced analytics projects to support Innovation objectives 

What we are looking for:

Skills required:

  • Interest in data analytics
  • Planned and organised approach
  • Efficient and effective time management
  • Problem solving
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills 

Entry requirements:

  • Minimum of 2 A Levels at grade C (including one in a numerical subject e.g. Maths, Economics, Finance)
  • As well as 5 GCSE's at grade C including Maths and English alongside any other relevant qualifications and work experience. 
  • Or relevant qualifications and/or work experience will be considered on an individual basis. 
  • Candidates with a University degree in an appropriate Computing, Technology or Engineering discipline (minimum 2:2 degree achieved) will also be considered

Learners must not hold a qualification in the same subject at the same or higher level.

End Point Assessment:

You must be able to evidence level 2 English and Maths before you start your End Point Assessment. You may still be begin the programme without these but must obtain the qualifications in order to begin the EPA.


  • Career and family leave
  • Flexible working options
  • A minimum of 25 days’ holiday
  • A non-contributory pension
  • Private Healthcare
  • Interest-free season ticket loans
  • A performance-based bonus
  • A subsidised on-site fitness centre (London only)
  • A subsidised restaurant
  • Charity and volunteering initiatives
  • Sports and social clubs
  • A reflection and multi-faith room and free eye tests

Start date:

7th November 2022.

Future prospects

Apprentices who successfully complete their professional qualification and apprenticeship programme will be considered for a permanent role within the FCA.

Important Information: 

QA’s apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education.

To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years.