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The Medical Statistician Level 7 (MSc integrated) Apprenticeship Scheme, is English government approved apprenticeship, which enables BSc qualified employees, to study towards an MSc in Medical Statistics, whilst they work on the job. Unfortunately the scheme is not available in Wales because the Welsh government only accepts Level 6 (BSc) apprenticeship schemes at this time. We are currently investigating possibilities in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
To start an apprenticeship, the apprentice needs to be:
If you are a graduate wanting to enrol onto the Medical statistician apprenticeship scheme, you can find current apprenticeship jobs advertised HERE.
For employers, see the institute for apprenticeship website for more detail of how to register for an apprentice to join your company.
The apprenticeship is made up of an “Occupational Standard” which describes the occupation, duties, knowledge, skills and behaviours expected, and an Medical Statistician assessment plan which describes how the scheme would work in practice and how the scheme is examined. Both documents are available at the government website above.
Employers will recruit BSc Level employees who would like to study towards a MSc in medical statistics through the Medical Statistician Apprenticeship scheme. The employee is paid by the employer and enrolled on the scheme through the government website by the employer. The employer selects a training provider they would like to partner with. The employer then trains the employee on the job and releases the employee to complete off the job training (at least 20% of the time), with the training provided as agreed in the conditions of the apprenticeship. Funds for training provision are paid for through the apprenticeship levy scheme.
Contact: Choose your preferred provider by contacting the Strathclyde: firstname.lastname@example.org (NOTE: list current as April 2022 but check government website for other providers)
Further information about this scheme, funding and apprenticeships in general can be found at the following links;
Full-time apprentices will typically spend 30 months on-programme prior to the “gateway”. All apprentices must spend a minimum of 20% of on-programme time undertaking off-the-job training with the remaining 80% working on-the-job for the employer.
Before starting EPA:
After the gateway there will be two EPA methods to be completed typically within 6 months overseen by the employer. 1: Work based project report with presentation and questioning and 2: Professional interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence.
Apprentices will carry out a project over 4 months including creation of an electronic written report with a maximum word limit of 12,000. The employer should supervise this and ensure the apprentice has sufficient time (minimum 50 working days) and the necessary resources, within this period, to plan and undertake the project. The project involves the apprentice completing a significant and defined piece of work that has a real business benefit.
The project needs approval by the EPA organization prior to starting, and may be based on any of the following:
Following completion of the project report, apprentices will submit and present a presentation to the independent assessor. The presentation will provide an overview of the apprentice’s project and any project outputs. This will be followed by questioning by the independent assessor. The presentation and questioning must last for a total of 45 minutes, typically being a presentation of 20 minutes and questioning lasting 25 minutes. The independent assessor will ask a minimum of 8 questions.
The apprentice will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence which they have developed during their on-programme training period detailing their on the job experience. It will typically contain 12 discrete pieces of evidence aligned to the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) defined in the standard. Evidence sources may include items like: workplace documentation (for example SAS/R code and output for analyses completed), technical writing (for example, Protocols, Statistical analysis plans, reports, posters or papers), evidence of sample size calculations, or study design rationale. The apprentice will be interviewed on the content by an independent assessor asking a series of questions to assess their competence against the KSBs. The interview must last for 60 minutes and have a minimum of 6 questions.
Apprentices can be new or current employees. As an employer, you will be able to log into the “apprenticeship service account”, choose the Medical Statistician apprenticeship, choose a training provider, agree a price and payment schedule and pay for the training and assessment with funds through your apprenticeship service account. Note: Funds will enter this account if your company declare the apprenticeship levy to the HMRC. If you aren’t eligible to pay the levy, then with co-investment, you will pay 5% of the apprenticeship costs outstanding balance for that month and the government will pay the remaining 95% up to the funding band maximum. Please see the following for more detail around funding: Government guidance on managing apprenticeship funds and How apprenticeship levies work