The Salford Fast Track Digital Data Academy

The Salford Fast Track Digital Data Academy is a brand new 20-week course designed to develop the next generation of data analysts.

Skilled data analysts are some of the most sought-after professionals in the world. Because the demand is so strong, and the supply of people who can truly do this job well is so limited, data analysts can command good salaries.

Designed in collaboration with key employers, the course will develop your skills of data analysis and data visualization. Partially delivered online and also face-to-face at Mediacity, the course begins in October and applications forms will be available from this site in September.

Applications are now closed. Successful applicants will be contacted by Wednesday 7th October. Due to the number of applications received we are unable to respond to those unsuccessful, but we do thank you for your interest in the programme and wish you all the best for your future career.

Academy Overview

The course seeks to combine the learning of complex technical skills with a wider programme of skills development within a working environment.

Key features include:

  • Free course for participants
  • Flexible learning with some online delivery (webinars)
  • Short classroom sessions
  • Opportunity to work on real-life workplace-based scenarios

Academy Outcomes

The course will prepare participants with the skills and tools to have a baseline understanding of five core data competencies:

  • Programming
  • Statistics
  • Machine learning
  • Data mining (the refining of raw data)
  • Data visualisation

The training led by the University of Salford will consist of approximately 90 hours of training. The majority of the content will be delivered virtually, with lab-based content facilitated at the University MediaCityUK.

As some of the participants will be relatively new to some of the technical areas, learning assessments will take place at the start of the programme to assess individual learning needs and styles and the programme, where appropriate, adapted accordingly.

Within a month, all participants who successfully complete the course will be invited to a guaranteed interview for available roles by BUPA and potentially Salford City Council – and with two of the other partners, TalkTalk and Sodexo.  Where there are no vacant roles, they will provide a mock interview and assessment scenario.

Our Partners

Members in the employer consortium are BUPA, Salford City Council, Sodexo, TalkTalk and the BBC.



Get In Touch

Have any questions? Please get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

Salford Fast Track Digital Data Academy