Trainee Data Analyst - Graduate Apprenticeship




The salary is Band F, £30,075.00 to £32,148.00, starting salary is base of the salary scale. Upon successful completion of the Programme will move to Band E.

Working pattern:

Permanent, Full-time


Flexible Location

Closing date:

21 July 2024 at midnight

Hybrid Working - Flexible location throughout Scotland - Requirement to attend Heriot-Watt University 1 day per week

Full-time - 35 hours

4 years Traineeship Programme - Please see Generic Job Summary and Person Specification for entry requirements

The salary band for this post is Band F, £30,075.00 to £32,148.00, starting salary will be on the base of the salary scale, £30,075.00. Upon successful completion of the Traineeship & Degree Programme the post will move to Band E, which is currently £36,548.00 to £40,376.00 however is reviewed annually.

This role involves one day per week at Heriot-Watt University. To be considered for the programme you will need to be eligible for SAAS funding for the Graduate Apprenticeship. If you've had UK or other EU public funds for a higher education course before, you may still get funding to study a Graduate Apprenticeship. The below links will provide you with the required information.

You can check your eligibility on the SAAS website here:

For further details on the course please see Heriot-Watt's website here:

Please only proceed with your application once you have checked your eligibility.

Your passion has never had a greater purpose

Here at SEPA, we’re connected by a passion that drives us to be purposeful in every action we take – to protect our environment. Through our expertise, we lead projects that make a difference for Scotland, and our workplaces are grounded in respect for that expertise.

That’s why, when you join us as a Data Analyst Trainee, you’ll discover enriching benefits, meaningful support, and opportunities to learn every day. That’s what it means to be Passionately Purposeful – for our environment, and for your career.

As a Trainee Data Analyst - Graduate Apprentice, you will earn while you learn and make a real impact.

We are seeking motivated self-starters to ultimately fill permanent roles after completion of your degree.

With 1 day a week of your time reserved for your University course, you’ll earn while progressing towards completion of your degree.

Work that goes beyond your desk

Experts at what we do, we work in a professional way towards our shared goals, knowing the work we do makes a genuine, lasting difference on the environment. As a Trainee Data Analyst - Graduate Apprentice, that involves…

• Undertaking user research to identify emerging trends, needs and opportunities

• Maintaining accurate data on our systems

• Providing management information and actionable recommendations based on data analysis to support decision-making

• Assisting in the development of systems, identifying streamlined businesses processes to enhance information systems

• Extracting metrics to align to set performance targets and service level agreements

• Collaborating with teams to understand their data needs and assisting colleagues with data queries

Respect for your expertise

This is an exciting opportunity to join our People, Workspaces and Development and Governance, Performance and Innovation teams where you will learn new skills and gain a qualification. The post will involve collecting, organising, and studying data to provide invaluable business insights for SEPA, which means you’ll need…

• Strong numerical and IT skills including use of Microsoft applications

• Strong planning and organisational skills to ensure timely submission of information

• Outstanding attention to detail and focus on accuracy as the role involves reviewing large data sets

• Ability to proactively pick up new systems and functions with minimal oversight

• Clear, logical analytical approach to problem solving

• Excellent communication skills

Support that goes beyond the workplace

We’re cultivating a workplace that supports not only your passion and your professional lives, but your personal life. So, you’ll find benefits that make a difference at work and at home. Such as:

• Hybrid and Flexible working opportunities

• Up to 34 days annual leave and 7 additional public holidays each year (pro rata)

• Paid time off to support your Wellbeing and enable you to Volunteer in your community

• Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)

• Progressive Family Friendly policies

• Training & development to enable colleagues to improve their skills, competencies and knowledge to perform at their best

Plus, many more lifestyle benefits such as 24/7 access to an online employee discount platform, credit union facilities and access to a Cycle to Work Scheme.

Passionately you. Purposefully supportive

Job Summary and Person Specification

  1. Generic Job Summary and Person Specification

Application Information

SEPA is committed to promoting equality, diversity, and good relations in everything it does – as a community leader, as a provider and commissioner of services, and as an employer.

Passionately Purposeful about Scotland’s environment – and your career

Protecting our environment, promoting our work, and supporting our people, working at SEPA means being part of an organisation that’s grounded in respect for your expertise – and your wellbeing. So you can be your best, and make the biggest impact.

We recruit solely based on merit. Our shortlisting process is conducted on an anonymous basis and, therefore, we cannot accept CV’s and covering letters. Please ensure that you include all relevant information in your application form.

We proudly use the “Happy to Talk Flexible Working” as well as the “Disability Confident Employer” Logos and on all our job vacancies.

Applicants with a visual impairment can request job descriptions and application forms in Braille, large print or on tape.

For the security and wellbeing of our colleagues we invite successful candidates to undergo Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) pre-employment checks including a Basic Disclosure Scotland check.

If you have questions or need any assistance with the recruitment process please contact SEPA’s Recruitment Team at

Apply now to join a Passionately Purposeful workplace

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