Data Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship


Employer description: 

In Data, Technology and 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 both. 

Central Data Services (CDS) sits in Data, Technology and Innovation and provides a one stop shop for all our data governance activities and services. We ensure data is collected, managed and used effectively throughout the FCA. You’ll be joining a growing team with an ambitious and exciting roadmap, in a role with real opportunity to deliver our data strategy. Come and join us. 


There are few jobs where you can make a real difference to the 40 million consumers of financial products, the 2 million people who work in the UK Financial Services industry, and the stability of our economy. The FCA has three objectives. It is responsible for ensuring that markets operate with integrity; promoting effective competition; and protecting consumers of financial services.

Key information: 

Data Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship 

  • Company name: Financial Conduct Authority 
  • Office address: 12 Endeavour Square, Stratford, London, E20 1JN 
  • company website:
  • Job title: Data Technician
  • Apprenticeship programme and level: Data Technician Level 3
  • Job type: Fixed term contract 18-months 
  • Annual wage: £19,000 per annum 
  • Working week: 35 hours per week 
  • Company accessible vis public transport: Yes 
  • Free parking available: No 

Main Responsibilities: 

You will work on several operational and change processes that ensure that FCA data is kept up to date, and support internal and external stakeholders access data and systems successfully.

You will have excellent communication skills which will enable you to build trusted relationships with colleagues and stakeholders. 

Day-to-day, you will: 

  • Manage and respond to queries about FCA data and FCA data collection processes 
  • Support internal stakeholders and FCA data initiatives on how the data we collect, buy and generate can support their business objectives 
  • Using knowledge of FCA datasets to help support promoting the better use of data 
  • Use Excel, Tableau and INTACT to analyse late returns data and automate parts of the process 
  • Analyse trends in the data to support work on problem firms and those firms regularly receiving late fees to support Enforcement action 
  • Produce Management Information on new data collections and support a new communications and engagement strategy 
  • Add cases and run reports in our case management system. Undertake basic data extraction 

What will I get from the role?

  • Play a key role in helping to maintain the data on which to base our regulatory interventions
  • The opportunity for professional growth in an innovative function that encourages continued learning and development of technical and non-technical skills
  • Opportunity to work in a diverse and inclusive team that champions positive work culture
  • The freedom and support to experiment with new working practices
  • Opportunity to engage a wide range of stakeholders to drive the use of data and information sources as the FCA becomes more data-led
  • Opportunity to be involved in change work to improve data use within the FCA
  • Chance to join a friendly, enthusiastic, and committed team
  • Exposure to a wide range of FCA areas and activities

What we are looking for:

Skills required: 

  • Ability to pick up new systems/processes quickly
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Ability to analyse incoming requests / queries, make sound judgment and prioritise
  • Good communication skills
  • Work effectively with a variety of stakeholders whilst managing expectations
  • Able to balance, prioritise and manage competing demands
  • A "can-do" attitude and team spirit, able to work under pressure to challenging deadlines
  • A proactive, constructive, individual who will generate solutions to process issues


  • Experience of work with Excel, Project Management skills and/or experience

Entry requirements:

The entry requirements for this programme are as follows:

  • 3 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grades 4+ (A-C) in any subject
    • GCSE Maths and English (or equivalents) at grades 4+ (C or above)
  • Prospective apprentices must not hold an existing qualification at the same or higher level as this apprenticeship in a similar subject 

You may also have a combination of qualifications and experience which demonstrate the minimum foundation needed for the programme. In this instance you could still be considered for the programme. 

If you hold international equivalents of the above qualifications, at the time of your application you must be able to provide an official document that states how your international qualifications compare to the UK qualifications. 

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Pension / Benefits:

  • 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.