The Data Science Graduate Programme will provide you with highly valuable work experience, that develops your Data Science knowledge and skills through our structured two-year learning pathway. You will join experienced teams of Data Scientists in high profile UK government organisations. In these teams you will use the training gained during the programme, to apply cutting-edge Data Science techniques to assist policy makers in addressing real problems.
At the end of the programme you will be able to:
• Help government understand and tackle some of the key challenges facing society on topics such as the economy, health, urban future and the UK in a global context.
• Deliver insight from data using Data Science techniques, applying your newly gained skills in coding, mathematics and statistics.
• Support the creation of innovative data products and services and be able to tell a compelling evidence based narrative.
Due to the nature of this graduate programme, the successful candidates would need to be available for one full week's lectures and study every month.
We are recruiting for a number of positions, to be based at offices around the UK within various government departments, starting in October 2021. For more information on the programme, please refer to the attached brochure at the bottom of the page.
About the Office for National Statistics
We are the UK's largest producer of official statistics in the UK. We are also the only government department with the production of statistics as its main role. Never has there been a more exciting time to join the Office for National Statistics. Our “Statistics for the public good” strategy is driving a transformational change throughout the organisation and the Office has already taken huge strides forward to becoming a modern, technically focused, data driven organisation.
We are recruiting for our offices in Newport and Fareham.
About the Data Science Campus
Based at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) headquarters, the Data Science Campus is a purpose built centre for excellence that is playing a key role in developing the UK’s international presence and reputation in leading the Data Science agenda, and developing cutting-edge statistics and analytical techniques. As well as supporting ONS to apply new techniques to understand the UK’s economy and society, the campus is a hub for the government to gain practical advantage from the wider investment in Data Science research.
We are recruiting for our offices in Newport and Fareham.
About HM Treasury
The Treasury is the UK economics and finance ministry. It is responsible for formulating and implementing the government’s financial and economic policy. Its aim is to raise the rate of sustainable growth, achieve rising prosperity and a better quality of life with economic and employment opportunities for all.
We are recruiting into our London and Darlington offices. If staff join in Darlington, they will work remotely from home until the office is established in 2022 at which point they will be expected to work from the Darlington Office, although non contractual home working arrangements for part of the working week may still be possible subject to business agreement and need. All staff follow government guidance about working from home during the pandemic.
About the Home Office
The first duty of the government is to keep citizens safe and the country secure. The Home Office has been at the front line of this effort since 1782. As such, we play a fundamental role in maintaining the security and economic prosperity of the UK. The Home Office leads on immigration and passports, refugee protection, counter-terrorism, policing, fire services, and crime and drugs policy.
Data Services and Analytics (DSA) runs one of the most advanced data analytics centres in government. This sits at the heart of the Home Office’s transformation into a data driven department. In DSA, we design, build and operate services that are critical in helping the department achieve its mission. We use a wide range of Home Office data and have every part of the Home Office as customers. You will be responsible for helping build and deliver business-critical analytical data products used across the Home Office. Our success depends on our ability to exploit the latest technologies to create leading-edge, world class solutions whilst ensuring they are secure and resilient.
We are recruiting for our offices in Manchester and Sheffield for new applicants. For existing Croydon-based Home Office DDaT staff, we are recruiting for our offices in Manchester, Sheffield and Croydon.
About The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) is the science inside UK defence and security. We are an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) providing world class expertise and delivering cutting-edge science and technology for the benefit of the nation and allies.
Within our new Exploration Division, we look to apply data science techniques to a variety of data-rich and complex defence and security problem areas to support strategic and operational level decision makers. We work at the forefront of defence and security research and innovation, which is a dynamic and rapidly evolving environment.
Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be British Citizens who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to understand the work you will undertake to protect us from any security threats. For this reason, we regret that only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners across the enterprise.
Our offices are based in Fareham.
About the Welsh Government
There will be opportunity to undertake a placement in the newly formed Data Science Unit within Welsh Government. The unit aims to use the vast amount of data held to support policy and decision making as well as improve operations. The unit uses modern analytical methods to support Welsh Government in achieving key objectives such as the Digital Strategy for Wales
and has ambition to form strong links across the data science community in Wales from both public and private sectors. This is a one year contract.
We are recruiting for our offices in Cardiff.
We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate that they have the following skills:
· Logical and creative thinking skills. Able to apply innovative approaches and techniques.
· Analytical and problem-solving skills. Able to identify efficient and effective ways to resolve challenges.
· Good IT, programming and mathematical skills with the ability to learn new systems and ways of working.
· Strong verbal and written communication skills. Able to share insights with stakeholders, interpret requirements and present data in a clear, enthusiastic and compelling way.
· Team working and interpersonal skills. Able to sensitively work with a diverse range of stakeholders.
Skills and Experience
Essential skills criteria
· Programming ability - R, Python or other data analysis relevant language.
· Scientific research methodology – analytical, independent, critical and curious analysis of data.
· Strong verbal and written communication skills.
· Team working and interpersonal skills.
Desirable skills criteria
· Data analytics – such as statistical model selection, network analysis or natural language processing (NLP).
· Data management/curation – such as the manipulation and analysis of datasets.
· Data/systems engineering – such as the implementation of algorithms in programming languages like R or Python.
· Data visualisation – such as the visualisation of insights drawn from data or building of data driven products.
· Examples of open source projects and contributions - such as a Github profile.