End-point assessments for the creative and cultural industries

Data Technician EPA

Image of front covers of 2 EPA handbooks for Broadcast & Media Systems Tech OperatorThe Data Technician EPA is the end-point assessment for this level 3 standard. Data Technicians work in all sectors where data is generated or processed; the broad purpose of the occupation is to source, format and present data securely in a relevant way for analysis using basic methods; to communicate outcomes appropriate to the audience; analyse structured and unstructured data to support business outcomes; blend data from multiple sources as directed and apply legal and ethical principles when manipulating data.

These professionals interact with a range of stakeholders in their work life including colleagues, managers, customers and internal and external contacts. Data Technicians typically work as a member of a team and, at this level, will be responsible for collecting and processing data typically under the guidance of a senior colleague or multiple colleagues across the business/organisation.

The context in which data technicians are working will dictate how they approach their work and the tools that they use. We work closely with employers to ensure that our assessments recognise this and that our assessment materials reflect this whilst maintaining the requirement that apprentices should be competent to work as a data technician in any industry.

Gateway requirements

  • Apprentice is consistently working at, or above, the level of the occupational standard.
  • Level 2 English and Maths
  • A portfolio of evidence

Assessment Methods

  • Scenario demonstrations with questioning: The apprentice will be observed responding to two previously unseen scenarios over a period of 90 minutes. The first scenario will relate to data gathering and the second will be concerned with how the apprentice analyses and validates the data.

  • Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio: A 60-minute professional discussion with our assessor based on the apprentice’s portfolio which they submit to us at gateway.

Indicative duration of assessment

The EPA will typically be completed within a period up to three months once the gateway requirements have been met.

More information

Find out more on the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education website

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