AI Apprenticeships (L7) Academy

15-month government-funded Data Science Apprenticeship & Machine Learning Engineer Apprenticeship

Starts May 2021

15 months

Virtual Learning


Upskill your employees into new technical roles with our AI Apprenticeships (L7) Academy

Choose from one of two apprenticeships:

1. Data Science apprenticeship – for domain experts who want to utilise data to improve performance and efficiencies

2. Machine Learning Engineer apprenticeship – for software engineers wanting to advance their skill set


Learners will be equipped with an advanced skill set to discover and devise new data-driven AI solutions, automate and optimise business processes, and support, augment and enhance human decision-making.

The academy takes place over 15-months for accelerated learning and is funded by the Apprenticeship Levy.

Apprentices will complete 20% off-the-job training, enabling a virtual approach between theory and practical-learning.

Virtual Learning for maximum flexibility

  • Virtual instructor-led training sessions for three modules and a half-way hackathon
  • The rest of the programme is flexible, self-paced e-learning to ensure maximum flexibility
  • Hands-on project work with K.A.T.E.®
Cambridge Spark HBO testimonials

“Great content and great set of assignments in each module to get your hands dirty with code and real-world data sets”

Ravi Singh,
Data Scientist at HBO

Upskill and Future Proof your Skillset

The breadth of skills required to deliver end-to-end data science projects are complex and constantly evolving. Data science roles are now becoming more specialist, as are the tool kits used. It can take organisations a long time to find talent with the very specific skills they need.

Our AI Apprenticeships (L7) Academy enables you to build the specialist talent you need from within your organisation, by upskilling your existing employees. It can be much easier to find and nurture talent within your organisation than source it externally.

Funded by the Apprenticeship Levy

The Data Science Apprenticeship and the Machine Learning Engineer Apprenticeship are funded by the government’s Apprenticeship Levy scheme, which came into effect in April 2017 as a way to drive investment in strengthening the country’s skills base.

All organisations with staff costs of over £3m pay 0.5% of their salary bill into a ring-fenced Apprenticeship Levy pot. The money is collected monthly via PAYE, but can be clawed back within 24 months and used for training on approved apprenticeship schemes.

The government fully funds apprenticeships for businesses paying into the Apprenticeship Levy.

Non-levy-paying companies only need to cover 5% of the costs (max. £850).


Find out more

Get the 2020 Course Prospectus here


About the Academy

Our AI Apprenticeships (L7) Academy is ideal if your team are:

  • Required to analyse complex datasets on a regular basis
  • Already using Python at an intermediate level and have fundamental statistics experience
  • Looking to upskill into Data Scientist or Machine Learning Engineer roles
  • Wanting to champion AI and its applications within your organisation

By the end of the programme, apprentices will be able to:

  • Identify areas where AI solutions can create new business opportunities and efficiencies
  • Initiate and design new projects and develop innovative, scalable, data-driven AI solutions focussed on addressing business or customer needs and problems
  • Deliver value-creating products and processes for the business by advancing the use of data, machine learning and AI
  • Provide technical authority, direction and strategic guidance for the business on emerging opportunities and insights for AI that are relevant to business goals
  • Simplify models and deliver insights that everyone in the business can understand

Apprenticeship prerequisites:

  • Apprentices must be in full-time employment and have experience in Python, statistics and linear algebra.
  • Learners on the Machine Learning Engineer Apprenticeship must also have two years of software engineering experience or a Computer Science BSc/MSc.
  • This academy will ensure that your employees are able to harness the power of data and AI to enhance decision making, optimise business performance and identify new opportunities.
  • Apprentices will complete 20% off-the-job training


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Learn with K.A.T.E.®


Apprentices will gain applied practical experience by completing real-world data problems via our AI-powered learning and assessment platform, K.A.T.E.®.

K.A.T.E.® provides instant feedback on code quality within an industry-simulated environment so apprentices can effectively benchmark their code. Apprentices are provided with personalised recommendations to enable them to truly own their development and achieve a steeper rate of learning – guaranteeing ROI to businesses and L&D leaders.

The platform also provides Human Resources and management with a dashboard to monitor the progress of learners and track the progress of learners.


“The K.A.T.E® platform forms part of our learning solution for a Data Science upskilling program we run called Data Science Academy. To make these technology solutions most effective, the key consideration for us is the balance between learner experience and scale/automation which the K.A.T.E® platform delivers on.”

Derek Joyce,
Managing Director
J.P. Morgan Chase UK


Find out more

Get the 2020 Course Prospectus here


What apprentices will learn


All apprentices will undertake the following modules:

  • Tools for Data Science
  • Maths for Data Science
  • Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Data Science for Business
  • Supervised Learning
  • Time Series and Unsupervised Learning
  • Databases & NoSQL
  • Big Data Systems
  • Software Testing for Data Science
  • Principles of Cloud Computing
  • Data, Privacy, Ethics & Regulations
  • Ensemble Methods
  • Neural Networks and Deep Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Interpretability of Models
  • Pragmatic techniques for Model Evaluation
  • Product Management for AI
  • Specialist Modules

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End Point Assessment

Apprentices will carry out a final project and prepare a presentation which will be assessed. They will also take part in a professional discussion and complete a technical test.

Why learn with us?

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Real-world simulated projects with K.A.T.E.®

Instant feedback 24/7, cloud-based, flexible-learning, applied practical experience, guaranteed ROI


Accelerated programme & flexible learning

15 months, virtual-learning, 24/7 feedback with K.A.T.E.®


Expert designed curriculum delivering the right skills

Designed by Data Scientists and Machine Learning professionals working in some of the most tech-focused companies, such as the BBC, Barclays and GlaxoSmithKline


Teaching & coaching from professionals

All of our teachers and coaches have PhD’s from the UK’s best universities and backgrounds in world-renowned machine learning organisations, such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon


“Being part of the Cambridge Spark network has connected me with many high-calibre data scientists and data leaders who we still keep in touch with and occasionally enjoy formal dinners in Cambridge.

If you are in the data science field, having access to such a specialised and educated professional network is indispensable whether you are looking for a data science job or to hire a data scientist into your team.”

Julia Massabuau,
Head of Data Science at Unipart

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