We are a main provider for the Business Analysis Apprenticeship scheme that was first launched in March 2017. We are proud to have taken a lead role in establishing the scheme and also in the recent digital review programme. We work with c. 80 apprentices at any one time and support cohorts from Cornwall to Cumbria and East Anglia to Bristol. We know each of our apprentices by name and value them very much as individual learners.
As a specialist training provider within the business analysis field. AssistKD shares the beliefs of many employers that there should be a formal entry point to the BA profession. Importantly this entry point is open for both school leavers and people moving internally within their organisation to take on a new career.
We currently run schemes with over 20 employers including Allianz, Aviva, Ordnance Survey, DWP and Nationwide. We support only the Business Analysis standard and have a 93% apprentice success rate at End Point Assessment.
AssistKD has developed an integrated programme of learning that provides the proven basis for achieving the level 4 Apprenticeship over an 18-month period.
Our apprentices will gain 4 BCS International diploma certificates as part of their training programme and have access to other diploma based learning modules. The learning and development timetable is challenging yet achievable and provides flexibility for learners of different abilities and learning styles. Importantly the scheme meets the needs of both internal candidates and school leavers (usually A-level). The programme fully meets the requirements of the standard and allows organisations to tailor elements of the learning content to suit their specific operating environment.
The programme includes:
- Formal course attendance (3 x 3 day, 1 x 2 day and 2 x 1 day courses – total 13 days) Four courses align to the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis https://www.assistkd.com/certifications/bcs-international-diploma-busine...
- Directed online learning (ongoing availability) https://www.assistkd.com/courses/online-learning
- Dedicated mentor input and support
- Ongoing development of Learning Zone https://www.assistkd.com/learning-zone including podcasts, videos and blogs.
- Directed self-study and task assignment/review
- Deliberate practice
- Assessment guidance and preparation
- Careers guidance
Our programme has been adapted to be delivered virtually and given the success of this approach, will be our preferred mode of delivery for the foreseeable future. The programme will complement any formal employer training which, when combined, makes-up the required 20% of “off the job” training.
The key resource is the mentor who is assigned to support the apprentice. From our pool of trainers, we have carefully chosen mentors who:
- Provide recognised expertise within the BA profession. This is based on successful delivery in practitioner roles and is underpinned by ongoing professional study and research.
- Have a proven track record of training delivery and working with young learners.
- Will normally have BA management experience and/or be BCS oral examiners.
- Are members of the BA Manager Forum.
Our mentors now have years of experience of successful apprentice mentoring in a range of organisations. Many have worked through the pandemic with ongoing success. Like all our trainers, AssistKD mentors are DBS checked and adhere to our Safeguarding and Prevent policy.
We work with all potential apprentice employers to assess the practicalities of them supporting any scheme. As a first-step it is useful for us to understand:
- The level of in-house professional support that is available to the apprentice
- The breadth of exposure available to the apprentice for them to use and showcase the required skills
- The practicalities of achieving 20% of apprentice time in formal/off-the-job learning
- The longer term career opportunity open to the apprentice.
Click here to read our blog that outlines more of these considerations. Once chosen as a provider we will agree the final content of the programme to be delivered and make the necessary contractual agreements. Our programmes start at any time of the year and are up and running within 4-6 weeks of sign-off.
The below links provide more general information for employers.
- The Business Analysis Occupational Standard business-analyst-st0117-standard.pdf (instituteforapprenticeships.org)
- Employer guide to apprenticeships gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeships-guide-for-employers
The welfare of apprentices is central to our support offering. Any support package is tailored to the specific needs of the individual apprentice.
Safeguarding and Prevent considerations underpin all of our work. We also provide the necessary support to raise social awareness and fulfil longer term career aspirations.
The Business Analysis Apprenticeship scheme is providing opportunities for a range of people to take significant steps into a new career. We see school leavers and experienced staff alike progressing through the scheme. Click here to read our apprentice success stories.