Tailored Delivery Options

  • Self-Paced immersive eLearning
  • Bespoke programmes
    and bootcamps
  • 12 month Fellowship
  • Apprenticeship (England)
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The Academy

Build your organisation’s data literacy at scale 

Cambridge Spark’s Data Essentials Academy teaches your workforce the core concepts, skills and tools all professionals need to be data-driven and independent in their work.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Efficiently prepare and analyse data
  • Visualise and present actionable data-driven insights
  • Use industry-standard tools including Excel, Power BI and Tableau

Organisation Outcomes:

  • Build basic data literacy skills across the organisation
  • Empower the general population to work more effectively with technical data teams

Who it is for:

  • Teams working with spreadsheets who want to create more value from data and improve productivity
  • Employees looking to build confidence and technical skills to work with data effectively
  • Employees that want to progress into more technical, data-driven roles


Experts in Online Delivery

We deliver all of our programmes online, helping our clients offer flexible and inclusive programmes open to all of their staff. We believe that the gold standard for online delivery is to offer a mix of experiential learning, coaching, technical mentorship and peer support.

  • Live instructor-led lectures
  • Technical mentor
  • Experienced coach
  • EDUKATE.AI, our online learning platform for data science
  • Industry Expert Community
  • Work-based Projects

The Curriculum

Our curriculum is developed by our leading Faculty, made up of data scientists in leading industry positions and academics from some of the top universities in the world. Our curriculum is continuously updated and reiterated to incorporate the most cutting-edge skills.

We take a modular approach to how we offer our curriculum. The full Data Essentials Academy learning pathway includes all of the below modules. We also offer curated shorter tracks and can offer a fully tailored pathway based on a skills gap analysis.

  • The Value of Data

    Understand the value of data and the way digital technologies are fundamentally changing the global economy, market structures and creating new opportunities.

  • Future of Learning and Careers in Data

    Join, manipulate and summarise datasets using the Pandas library.

  • Data Concepts

    Get acquainted with essential data concepts, tools, processes and vocabulary.

  • Basic Numbers for Data Analysis

    Develop intuition for underlying statistical concepts & what the numbers mean in practice.

  • Data Sourcing & Integration

    Learn how to blend, manipulate and link data sets from multiple sources in a range of formats appropriate to the task at hand.

  • Data Preparation, Quality & Validation

    Validate data to ensure consistency and quality compliantly and develop techniques to check for errors & help ensure the highest levels of data quality.

  • Excel for Data Analysis

    Use Excel to prepare, format and integrate different types of data accurately and consistently following industry best practice.

  • Charts & Visualisation in Excel

    Create insightful, action-inducing, data-driven graphs and charts in Excel.

  • Dashboarding Tools

    Build on previous learning and increase skills in time series analysis and clustering of data.

  • Storytelling & Presenting with Data

    Build narrative around data to hone in on and share key insights, create impactful visualisations.

  • Reporting & Actioning Insights

    Prepare reports to help action data-driven insights and use interpretation and judgement to solve problems by working collaboratively, thinking critically & reasoning analytically.

  • Data Storage, Compliance & Security

    Collect data securely using Excel from trusted sources ensuring compliance with relevant regulatory and legal standards and industry and organisational best practice.

  • Introduction to Coding with Python

    Get familiar with key coding concepts as well as fundamental foundations to help decide if Python is something to explore further.


What Delivery Options Do You Offer?

We tailor our delivery to your workforce needs. This ranges from from independent, immersive elearning supported by EDUKATE.AI through to tailored bootcamps to our structured Fellowship and Apprenticeship programmes. The Level 3 Data Technician Apprenticeship is available to fund the Academy for learners based in England.

Are You Able To Tailor The Programme To The Organisation And Sector?

Yes. We work with our clients to contextualise our programmes to their organisation and sectors they operate in. We do this through tailored hackathons, bespoke assignments and guest lectures from industry experts. We also work with a range of partners to create bespoke programmes for sectors including health, retail and journalism.

What Is An Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a long-term training commitment which seek to support people into the workforce and upskill existing UK-based employees within an organisation, enabling employers to foster a workforce consisting of highly-skilled and highly-engaged talent.

The Cambridge Spark Data Essentials Apprenticeship runs for 13 months plus 3 months End Point Assessment and includes a minimum of 20% off-the-job training, enabling a blended approach between theory and practical-learning.

What Is The Apprenticeship Levy?

The UK government’s Apprenticeship Levy scheme came into effect in April 2017 as a way to drive investment in strengthening the country’s skills base.

All organisations with annual staff costs of over £3m have to pay 0.5% of their salary bill into a ring-fenced apprenticeship levy pot. The money is collected monthly via PAYE and must be spent within 24 months and used for training on approved apprenticeship schemes (such as the Level 3 Data Essentials Apprenticeship that we offer).

What Does 20% Off-The-Job Training Mean?

Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the day-to-day work duties and it must take place within the apprentice’s normal working hours.

Our off-the-job training is delivered on a flexible basis and can be carried out at the apprentice’s place of work or from home.

The 20% off-the-job training provides learners with the time to focus and develop the required skills, knowledge and behaviours to achieve the apprenticeship.

How Much Do Managers Need To Be Involved?

Managers will need to ensure apprentices achieve the 20% off-the-job training hours and work on their project portfolio.

We also encourage managers to have regular one-to-one meetings with apprentices to catch up on how they are progressing and to join the apprentice and their coach for thirty minutes every 3-4 months for a general catch up about the programme.

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