Data Scientist (Apprentice)


Cambridge, GB

Category:  Business Systems and Projects

DATA SCIENTIST (APPRENTICE)                                                                                


Contract: Full-Time, Permanent 

Salary: We offer a competitive salary, starting at £17,500, with increases based on performance

Location: Cambridge

Up to 12 positions available


What it’s about

This is a new opportunity to join our global assessment or publishing business while learning some of the most sought-after skills in the current job market, including programming, big data analytics and machine learning. 

As an apprentice data scientist you will be paid to study for a BSc Honours degree and to work alongside our highly experienced data scientists, with the help and support of a mentor. 

Qualified data scientists work on a variety of projects, ranging, for example, from using deep machine learning to train an algorithm to provide instant feedback to learners, to helping our warehouse staff predict and plan for peak demand.  Our data scientists work with a great variety of data in large quantities, including text, speech, audio, video, social media, databases, marks, grades, computer log files and financial information – from all over the world.

During your apprenticeship you will undertake placements in various departments and gain experience in a wide range of business settings.  You will learn how to approach and solve important business problems, contribute to product innovation and develop solutions which provide real value to our customers and the organisation.

Our apprentice data scientists will be employed by either Cambridge Assessment or Cambridge University Press at our shared campus at Shaftesbury Road, and will work with a wide range of teams in and around Cambridge.  You will be part of a tight-knit cohort of data science apprentices throughout your four year apprenticeship and will have the opportunity to work on projects at both organisations.

You will be working towards Anglia Ruskin University’s BSc (Hons) Data Science Apprenticeship Degree through a combination of intensive in-person workshops, distance learning, and in-house training and experience – with support from a personal tutor and academics at Anglia Ruskin and a mentor at work.


What you’ll be doing

You will acquire job-ready knowledge and skills, in readiness for taking up entry level data scientist roles at Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press, or elsewhere.

Specifically, you will:

  • Acquire data science knowledge and skills in line with the BSc data science apprenticeship degree
  • Become proficient in a range of languages and technologies such as R, Python, Scala, Hadoop, Cloud and GitLab, and a range of statistical and mathematical techniques including supervised and unsupervised machine learning
  • Learn how to approach and solve business problems and develop solutions which provide real value to our customers and the organisation
  • Learn how to devise and implement best practice using data science and software engineering techniques
  • Work collaboratively with other data scientists and colleagues from all parts of the organisation
  • Undertake placements across Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press to “learn the business” and develop a broad understanding of our mission, business and operations.


By the end of the apprenticeship, you will be able to work independently on small projects and as part of a team of data scientists on large projects to:

  • Analyse data and communicate findings visually, orally and in writing.
  • Develop, maintain and operate automated data analytics and machine learning pipelines and services
  • Work with large and complex data of many types
  • Provide consultancy and training to colleagues across the organisation and to customers.


What we’re looking for

As this is an Apprentice position, your potential is more important than your existing experience.  We welcome applications from school leavers, those returning to work and anyone with a passion for data science who would like to change career.  You must be highly motivated, enjoy solving problems, like to ask questions to get to the bottom of things, and enjoy working with numbers and computers. You also will have good organisational skills and take an analytical approach to work, and will have excellent communication skills. You must be good both at working in a team and on your own initiative, and enjoy helping others achieve their goals.


  • A predicted or achieved total of 96 UCAS points (top 3 A levels or equivalent calculated points only, including a STEM subject)
  • 5 GCSE passes at or above Grade 4 / C or equivalent, including maths and English
  • Applicants who do not meet the above requirements may be considered on a case by case basis and may also require an interview with Anglia Ruskin University


Apprenticeships at the Press and Cambridge Assessment:

We believe in developing future talent. We are proud to have apprenticeships and former apprentices across a wide range of teams, including Academic Publishing, Cambridge Learning for Schools, Communications, Customer Services, English Language Teaching, Finance, HR and Project Management. People who have come through our apprenticeship programme have been successful in developing their careers in exciting new areas, gaining promotion, and starting higher level qualifications.  See more about some of our apprentices here. The data science apprenticeship degree is an exciting new departure for us and our ambition is to provide our apprentices with the best possible start to their careers in data science.


Who we are

Cambridge Assessment is Europe's largest assessment group, incorporating three major awarding bodies. It plays a leading role in researching, developing and delivering assessment to eight million candidates in 170 countries every year. The Group is a department of the University of Cambridge and a not-for-profit organisation. 

Cambridge University Press is the oldest and one of the most prestigious publishers in the World. We have over 2,700 talented employees across 50 international offices uniting all our publishing groups, all motivated by unlocking people’s potential with the best learning and research solutions.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a diverse and collaborative workforce in a market leading organisation, and to gain a degree in data science and valuable work experience while earning a salary.



Our offices are in a great central location only a ten minute walk from the train station and guided busway. In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work, including flexible working, 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays, subsided restaurants and cafes, and season ticket travel loans.


We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone’s contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and at Cambridge University Press and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.


To apply, please go to: as soon as possible.  Your application will be shared between Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press.  We will assume you are happy to work with either organisation, unless otherwise specified in your covering letter.  We plan to hold two rounds of recruitment.  Round 1 closes on 7 July 2019.   If you are shortlisted in Round 1 you will be invited to an Open Day on Friday 12th July which will give you a chance to find out more about working for us. Round 1 Interviews will take place in the week beginning Monday 15th July and offers will be made shortly after. If there are still places available after this then applications received after 7 July will be considered in Round 2, which opens on 22 July 2019.  Round 2 will close on 22nd August 2019 or sooner if all places are filled.  The application form will no longer be available once the positions are filled.  Round 2 applications will be considered as they are received and if you are shortlisted you will be invited to an interview. 


If you are successful, your start date will be in September 2019.


If you’re successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.



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