Develop new skills for a successful career in Data Science!

Dear Trainee

Welcome to TechTalent Academy.

The growing shortage of digital skills means there are many opportunities for people to upskill and move into the tech sector. We think this is a perfect opportunity for all to embrace greater diversity and flexibility of thinking.

Please notify TechTalent Academy as soon as you receive this document if you have additional learning needs, or if you require special equipment, or a special environment to allow this training to take place, please contact our your trainer or


You will be advised on your course start date by a member of the Talent Team.

Please ensure that you have read and understood the following requirements before beginning the course:

  • Complete and return your onboarding paperwork, including a signed copy of your learner’s contract. These will be sent to you upon acceptance of your place on the Data Academy.
  • Ensure you are prepared to seek employment within the tech sector following completion of the Data Academy, and to keep TechTalent Academy informed as to any role / employment you accept.
  • An update on your employment status will be requested at 30, 60, and 90 days after your graduation. This information is vital to the release of funding to cover your place on the Academy.

Please contact either the Talent Team, or technical trainer, if you have any issues or concerns before starting the course. Your assigned Trainer will make contact once the course begins.

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You will need access to a laptop or desktop from day one of the course. The course materials are based on Windows/Mac applications, so please advise your onboard manager, or a member of the Talent Team, if you do not have access to a Windows/Mac device.

At a minimum, a laptop with a current operating system, such as Windows 8/10 or MacOS 10.15 (Catalina), should be sufficient to carry out your course.

Some suggested system requirements are as follows: • Intel i5 CPU, with an i7 recommended. • 8GB RAM, with 16GB recommended. • 1920 x 1080 resolution monitor display.

Please note that tablets and mobile devices are not suitable for the course.

You will need to download the following free software applications to your laptop prior to the course (your trainer will help you during day one if you encounter any issues, suggesting alternatives that may be available).

If you haven’t already signed up for Zoom, then please do so.


– Fundamental understanding of programming languages and different techniques through Python and R.
– Experience using various industry-standard libraries (NumPy, Pandas, Sci-Kit Learn, TensorFlow, Altair, Matplotlib, GGPLOT).
– Apply algorithms to build machine intelligence.
– Use data visualisation theory and techniques.
– Knowledge and understanding of industry leading software and packages (PowerBi and Tableau)
Recognise and analyse ethical issues surrounding artificial intelligence.
– Exposure to cloud computing and storage solutions (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform)
– Demonstrate knowledge of statistical data analysis techniques through data analysis.
– Apply principles of Data Science to analyse problems.
– Developing databases suitable for containing big data by using SQL
– Use data mining techniques to solve real-world problems.
– Developing teamwork, leadership, and decision making/problem-solving skills


The data program focuses on data science’s fundamental areas, including data engineering, data analytics, algorithms, databases and machine learning techniques.

The aim is to equip all learners with a blend of technical and personal skills to launch their career, and to ensure they emerge with a well-rounded individual skillset. The technical part of the curriculum is significantly hands-on and includes practical tasks and projects to consolidate the learning in a real-life environment.

In addition to technical skills, we teach soft skills to prepare our learners to apply and succeed in the workplace by training them to be critical thinkers, to develop various projects, to develop collaborative team dynamics, and to build communication skills. All teaching is delivered in a virtual led environment for increased versatility.

  • Python Fundamentals

Learners will tackle the fundamentals of Python, building simple and complex scripts and developing applications. These involve understanding the three pillars of programming, including sequence, selection and iteration programming techniques. We give insight into clean coding techniques and the advanced features of using procedures, functions, reading, and writing to external files.

  • Data Science with Python: Introduction to NumPy and Pandas

The learners apply vital data science skills using two industry-standard libraries: NumPy and Pandas. The students will learn how to load data and manipulate it to investigate the data, in order to generate meaningful insights.

  • Data Science with Python: Introduction to Algorithms, Machine and Deep Learning

Teaching is focused on the algorithms that are used within data science. The learners will be applying these algorithms using Sci-Kit Learn for machine learning and TensorFlow. They will create a clustering and regression model, and a fully connected neural network to investigate classification problems

  • Introduction to Modelling and Data Visualisation
    The learners model data and create meaningful data visualisations and data dashboards, using various Python libraries and proprietary software.
  • Big Data & Databases
    Learners dig deep into what big data is and how it affects our everyday lives. The learners gain fundamental skills in creating relational databases using industry-standard SQL.
  • Data Science with R Studio
    Learners consolidate the fundamentals of programming and learn how to transfer their skills to conduct statistical analysis on data using the powerful R language and its many libraries, such as ggplot2, within the R Studio environment. The learners will also explore where to go next, looking into Microsoft Azure, AWS and cloud computing.

Each module above will have either a practical project, i.e., write code with the following functionality, or a small task to demonstrate skills learnt. Either of these approaches will provide the delegate with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the topic.


Home learning: Work hours are flexible, but please note that your Trainer will only be available during core hours, and there may be additional group Zoom calls scheduled. Again, this will be agreed with the Trainers. Each week you will be given a home learning deadline. This will usually be the day before your next class. It is important that you meet these deadlines to avoid falling behind.

Home learning submission format: Home learning will be submitted via GitHub. You will receive guidance on how to create a GitHub account and link this to your PC. You will be required to provide your GitHub account details to your Trainer. Each week you will upload your home learning to your GitHub account, and this will be reviewed by your Trainer. Confirmation of receipt and any feedback will be provided to you via Slack.

We would also very much appreciate your feedback on how we can improve each module and the course. You will receive feedback forms via email.


Your tutor will be Suzannah Downie

Lessons will be on Wednesdays 5-7 pm

Your first lesson will be available using the details below, and your tutor will advise if this will change

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