Data Essentials Certificate (L3)

Equip your employees with essential data literacy and analytics skills with a 13-month government-funded apprenticeship

Starts September 2021

13 months

Virtual Learning


Build your organisation’s internal data analysis capabilities at scale

Cambridge Spark’s Data Essentials Certificate (L3) is a 13-month apprenticeship programme that covers the core concepts, skills and tools all professionals need to be data-driven and independent in their work.

The programme is designed to empower apprentices to develop a strong understanding of the value and opportunities that are possible with the smart use of data.

Apprentices will learn:

  • How to prepare and analyse data efficiently
  • How to visualise and present actionable data-driven insights in impactful ways
  • How to use industry-standard tools including Excel, Power BI and Tableau

Apprentices will complete 20% off-the-job training, enabling a blended approach of theory and practical learning. Apprentices will have plenty of opportunities to apply learnings to their everyday role through work-based applications and projects.

The training is funded by the UK government through the Apprenticeship Levy. For levy-paying employers, there is no cost to training apprentices. Non-levy-paying employers only pay 5% of the cost.

Employer-funded route

As well as being offered as an apprenticeship, we can also offer flexible, employer-funded academies that cover the same modules, but without the requirements and regulations. Learning content can be customised to meet budget, timescales and skills requirements.

This route would suit those who are looking for more flexibility, are not eligible for funding or are not suitable for an apprenticeship.


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The apprenticeship

About the Data Essentials Certificate (L3)

This apprenticeship is for your team if they are:

  • Looking to build confidence and technical skills to work with data effectively
  • Already working with spreadsheets but want to create more value from data and improve productivity
  • Keen to learn data analysis skills that will enable them to progress into more technical, data-driven roles
  • Looking for more interesting and engaging ways to present data insights

Apprenticeship prerequisites:

To be eligible for the apprenticeship, individuals must:

  • Be in full-time employment in a relevant role
  • Have a GCSE (or equivalent) at Grade B in one STEM subject (Maths is desirable)
  • Have no prior data analysis experience (including a degree or other qualification)

Learn with K.A.T.E.®


Modules will be delivered and enhanced through a combination of live lectures, bite-sized video recordings, interactive quizzes and practical, impactful projects – all delivered via K.A.T.E.® (Knowledge Assessment Teaching Engine) – Cambridge Spark’s AI-powered interactive learning and development platform.

K.A.T.E.® provides a cutting edge learning environment to enable you to truly own your development and efficiently build your knowledge and skills.


“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

The curriculum

What apprentices will learn

  • The Value of Data
  • Fundamental Statistics
  • Excel for Data Analysis
  • Reporting on Insights
  • Data Quality, Validation & Visualisation
  • Working with Power BI / Tableau
  • Storytelling & Presenting with Data
  • Data Compliance & Security
  • Data Integration
  • Introduction to Coding in Python
  • The Risks & Opportunities of Emerging Technologies
  • Portfolio writing & documentation

Assessment and certification

We’ll help you prepare for your certification exams and interview, and you will receive a Data Technician (Level 3) Apprenticeship Certificate.

Why learn with us?

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

Gain hands-on practical experience on our data science learning platform, EDUKATE.AI


Virtual learning

Live, instructor-led training, delivered via high-quality video and audio


Interactive sessions

Join interactive quizzes, group projects, guest speakers and Q&A sessions


1-to-1 coaching

Apprentices are supported by expert coaches to ensure success


“What we are really impressed with is the flexibility to adapt the programme and the ability to work together to make the experience more effective for the learner. It’s important to continuously work on learner engagement, because if we get that right, then the rest of it works. The ongoing feedback and communication from Cambridge Spark has also been invaluable.”

Tim Buchanan,
Apprenticeship Vendor Manager at GSK

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Looking for more advanced data analytics training?

Our Data Analyst Apprenticeship (L4) equips learners with the skills to extract, manipulate and visualise data to drive strategic value.