Data Protection and Information Governance Practitioner Apprenticeship Update

Published on Jan 25, 2023

On 30 March 2022, the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education approved the Data Protection and Information Governance Practitioner (DP&IGP) Level 4 Apprenticeship. The new DP&IGP is an important standard that will provide essential regulatory and technical knowledge to apprentices, enabling them to advise on compliance with data protection and information governance requirements.

Apprenticeships provide on-the-job training to develop an employee's knowledge and skills to perform a particular role. Like all apprenticeships, the DP&IGP can be used to train new apprentices and existing employees. Training costs are either covered by the Apprenticeship Levy or, for smaller companies, are 95% government-funded, which makes them a very cost-effective option for upskilling staff.

As one of the Digital Apprenticeship End-Point Assessments available through BCS, the DP&IGP is mapped to SFIAplus offering continuity for employers that rely on BCS professional certifications. Unfortunately, there are currently no training providers offering the DP&IGP with BCS end-point assessment on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.

Freevacy is applying to become accredited as a main training provider with the Education & Skills funding agency. It's a complicated process, but due to the gap in provision for BCS training providers, there is a path for specialist subject matter experts to apply.

We would be interested in receiving feedback from any employers interested in the DP&IGP apprenticeship programme that already rely on BCS professional certifications or who would prefer BCS end-point assessment.

Please get in touch with Jodie King by email at or call the office on 0370 04 27701.

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