NHS Data Citizen Academy

Develop your essential data and leadership skills

Data-driven Leadership in the NHS

Cambridge Spark has partnered with the NHS Leadership Academy to deliver a Data Citizen programme for NHS employees. The programme comprises the Cambridge Spark Data Essentials Certificate with the Edward Jenner leadership programme.

Both data and leadership skills are essential for NHS employees across all roles. The NHS Data Citizen programme is designed to develop both these skill sets. Learners will complete the Edward Jenner programme to develop the essential leadership skills that NHS professionals need, combined with the Cambridge Spark Data Essentials Certificate to develop a data-driven mindset.

Cambridge Spark’s Data Essentials Certificate (Level 3) 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 apprenticeship is designed to empower apprentices to develop a strong understanding of the value and opportunities that are possible with the smart use of data.

Apprenticeships provide a well-defined route for internal talent development in England. They are open to new and existing employees in full-time roles working with data. Funded by the Apprenticeship Levy, apprenticeships are a cost-effective way to upskill employees in analytics, data science and AI.

About the programme


NHS Data Citizen

13-month dual-certificate Data and Leadership programme

Apprentices will undertake the Cambridge Spark Data Essentials Certificate (funded by the Level 3 Data Technician standard), incorporating the NHS Edward Jenner Leadership Programme in their studies.

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.
  • feel more able to deal with daily  challenges, lead services and provide leadership for those around them

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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
  • How they can make an impact as an inclusive leader  regardless of their role


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
  • Looking to develop their leadership skills

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)



Apprentices will gain two certificates on successful completion of the programme:

  • Cambridge Spark Data Essentials Certificate
  • NHS Leadership Academy Award in Leadership foundations

About Cambridge Spark

Cambridge Spark is a leader in transformational data science and AI training. Their pioneering training programmes are built on their proprietary AI-powered learning and assessment platform, EDUKATE.AI®, to accelerate the tech capability of both individuals and organisations.

Expert designed curriculum

Apprenticeship and Degree Apprenticeship Programmes are designed by Data Scientists and Data Analysts working in industry, for industry

Instant feedback 24/7 with EDUKATE.AI®

Learners are given instant feedback that’s aligned with standards such as PEP8, Pylint, Cyclomatic Complexity and Unit Tests, as well as machine learning metrics such as accuracy, F1 score, MSE and the confusion matrix.

Work-based projects and portfolios

Learners gain applied practical experience through completing real-world data problems. Programmes are focused on enabling learners to apply new skills into their work right away, driving value for the business and ensuring ROI.

Innovative virtual learning solutions

Live, instructor-led virtual learning sessions have been specifically designed for group remote learning. Training takes place over high-quality video and audio, creating a virtual classroom. Learners also have access to break out rooms, supported by Slack, where they can come together to chat, socialise and discuss the training.

Teaching & coaching from professionals

The very fabric of Cambridge Spark is deeply-rooted in academia, with the teaching and coaching team consisting of PhD’s from the UK’s best universities, and professionals with backgrounds in world-renowned Machine Learning organisations, such as Google, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Amazon, and Morgan Stanley.

Apprenticeship FAQs

What are apprenticeships?

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

They typically run over 12-24 months and include 20% off-the-job training, enabling a blended approach between theory and practical-learning.

Who is eligible for apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are open to anyone in full-time employment in England. They are open to current as well as new employees, people of any age, and even those with previous qualifications.

Apprenticeships can be for people early in their careers as well as experienced talent looking to advance their skill set or change careers, which is increasingly necessary as the world of work changes.

How are apprenticeships funded?

In England, if you are a large organisation with annual salaries over £3m you can have your apprenticeships 100% funded by the government through the apprenticeship levy. Employers who do not fall into this group can either have 95% funded by the government (and pay just 5%) or can have levy transferred from another levy-paying organisation to have them 100% funded.

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.

It can be delivered on a flexible basis, for example, as part of each day, one day per week, one week out of five or as block release, 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

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