Spatial data specialist apprenticeship

Initiate and lead programmes and projects which use location to link, analyse and gain insight from multiple datasets.

As a spatial data specialist apprentice, you’ll use geographic information systems (GIS) and other geographic tech to capture, manage, understand, and visualise location data. You’ll learn to monitor changes over time and space, and create maps and visualisations that illustrate the relationships between location and other data. During the spatial data specialist apprenticeship, you might work in various public and private sector organisations that deal with complex issues where understanding location is crucial. This includes addressing geohazards, reducing carbon emissions, or making decisions about complex infrastructure projects. Collaborating with professionals from diverse fields, such as environment managers, engineers, data scientists, planners, and policymakers, you’ll provide valuable insights that guide location-sensitive decisions. You’ll thrive in this role if you enjoy working with data, and feel comfortable with ensuring the ethical, safe, and effective use of location data, adhering to international standards and best practices. Upon completion you could move into a geographic data scientist or GIS consultant role, among others. 


Duration: 24 months 

Relevant school subjects: Geography, Maths 

Entry requirements for the spatial data specialist apprenticeship: Varies by employer, likely a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field. 

Achievement upon completion: Level 7 (Degree)—equivalent to a master’s degree, enables you to apply to be a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society 

Potential salary upon completion: £28,000 

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