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Enrolment Deadline

23rd August 2024

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One data apprentice can create real business impact

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98% reduction

in reporting time

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£39,000 annually saved

on reporting costs

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184 hours of FTE time

saved through automations

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77% increase on KPI

through access to real-time reporting

Build the data fluency of your workforce

Over the duration of the programme, Cambridge Spark's Level 3 Data Citizen Apprenticeship equips employees with a data-driven mindset and teaches the core skills and concepts to work with data in their daily work.

It covers the fundamental tools and techniques used in data analysis and visualisation (with options to learn Power BI, Tableau and Qlik). Participants learn how to work with real-world datasets and gain a solid foundation in data-driven decision making.

Looking for a more tailored approach to data fluency? Consider our bespoke Data-Driven Journalism programme for journalism and media professionals or NHS Data Citizen programme for healthcare professionals.

Hear from Jonathan Wagstaff, Group Head of Business Intelligence at Exertis

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Hear from Jonathan Wagstaff, Group Head of Business Intelligence at Exertis

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Jonathan Wagstaff
Data apprenticeships enable myself and my team to keep up-to-date with the latest.


The program is designed for professionals from diverse backgrounds, including those in non-technical roles, who want to enhance their data literacy and effectively use data in their work. Employees must meet the following criteria:

Suitability of role

  • Regularly using spreadsheets in their work
  • Often using spreadsheets or other sources to provide insight to colleagues
  • Manually creating reports with tools like Excel
  • Looking to use data to increase their productivity

Eligibility for funding

  • No prior equivalent data training or related experience.
  • Employed in England and resident in the UK or EEA for the last 3 years.
  • Employees working at least 30 hours a week (part-time employees can be considered for a minimum cohort size)
  • Can commit to the minimum 6 hours a week on the job learning requirement for the duration of the programme (13 months of training)
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What makes our programme special

We deliver all of our programmes online, helping our clients offer flexible and inclusive programmes open to all of their staff. EDUKATE.AI, our online learning platform, gives learners a sandbox environment to practice their skills, providing them with immediate feedback on industry-simulated assignments. We believe that the gold standard for online delivery is to offer a mix of experiential learning, coaching, technical mentorship and peer support.


Real-World Practice for Accelerated Impact

EDUKATE.AI provides a sandbox environment where learners can practice new skills on real assignments. This accelerates the impact that learners can make in their workplace, allowing them to immediately apply what they've learned.


Our online learning platform offers apprentices a seamless learning experience with in-browser access to their slides, lecture recordings, quizzes and practical assignments. Immediate feedback enables apprentices to gauge their progress effectively.

Unique contextualisation

Collaborating with industry-leading partners, our program offers contextualised options catered to journalists, NHS professionals, and HR professionals, empowering them with the essential data literacy skills needed for success in their respective roles.

Personalized Learner Support

We provide each learner with a dedicated Data Mentor and Learner Success Coach to support them on their technical and personal development. This personalized support structure helps learners to succeed and overcome obstacles they encounter.

Flexible Fully Online Learning

Our program is fully online, providing maximum flexibility for learners and employers alike. This means that learners can access their content from anywhere, with no set up or installation of EDUKATE.AI required.

Expert Curriculum

Our comprehensive curriculum develops the skills to succeed in a data-driven organisation. As well as teaching concepts such as the value of data and storytelling with data, learners will become proficient with dashboarding tools such as Power BI.


Joining our program means becoming part of a thriving community of thousands of data professionals. Learners have the opportunity to tap into this rich network of peers and alumni and benefit from the expertise and experience of others in the field.
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A real-world learning experience is our learning experience platform which delivers a seamless experience in one place, and accelerates learning and impact through real practice on real projects with immediate personalised feedback on code.
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The Curriculum

Our data literacy curriculum is developed by our leading faculty, composed 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 latest skills.
For employees working in the NHS or in roles in journalism, we offer contextualised versions of the curriculum designed to maximise success at work.

Core Modules

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

Develop the active learning skills needed to keep up with the fast-changing, data-driven, digitally-transformed economy by cultivating an adaptable and resilient learning mindset.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get familiar with key coding concepts as well as fundamental foundations to help decide if Python is something to explore further.
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“The course has made me start to think analytically about the data: why we are using it, who it is for, what is the impact. It has got me talking to lots of different departments and using data in different ways.”

Chloe Giles, Data Compliance Administrator at NHS



What delivery options do you offer?

We tailor our delivery to your workforce needs. This ranges from independent, immersive elearning supported by EDUKATE.AI through to tailored bootcamps, to our structured apprenticeship programmes. Learners based in England and enrolling in the Level 3 Data Citizen Apprenticeship may be eligible for UK Levy funding.

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 the sector(s) in which they operate. 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, such as healthcare and journalism.

What Is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a long-term training commitment which seeks to support people entering 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 Citizen Apprenticeship runs for 13 months plus a 3-month end-point assessment and includes a minimum of 6 hours per week off-the-job training, enabling a blended approach between theory and practical learning.

What Is the Apprenticeship Levy?

The UK government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy scheme 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 can only be used for training on approved apprenticeship schemes (such as the Level 3 Data Citizen Apprenticeship that we offer). Organisations must forfeit any levy funding left unspent for 24 months or more.

What if my organisation doesn't pay into the UK Apprenticeship Levy?

An organisation that doesn't pay into the levy can still qualify for government-funded apprenticeships for their staff. In fact, the UK government will sponsor 95% of the apprenticeship programme, leaving the organisation to invest the remaining 5%, provided that learners meet other eligibility criteria.

What does "off-the-job training" mean?

Off-the-job training is defined as learning undertaken outside of the day-to-day work duties and during 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 home.

The 6 hours per week, minimum, off-the-job training provides learners with the time to focus and develop the required skills, knowledge and behaviours to complete the programme.

How much do managers need to be involved?

Managers will need to ensure apprentices achieve their planned  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 30 minutes every 3-4 months for a general catch up about the programme.
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