The digital direction: 36 'data apprenticeships' for our people.


Boosting our skills from the inside out.

Today, 36 of our existing employees started data apprenticeships as part of our aim to equip employees from various business functions with advanced, industry-relevant data capabilities.

So far, we’ve enrolled more than 50 of our people onto data apprenticeships, with plans to recruit more employees in the coming years. Programmes will be delivered as apprenticeships, by the tech company Multiverse, and include the Data Fellowship, a 15-month level 4 apprenticeship programme delivering best-in-class training in data analysis. Learners will master data analysis techniques as well as data science, Python and an introduction to machine learning.

One step further
Meanwhile, the Data & Insights for Business Decisions programme is a 13-month level 3 apprenticeship course designed to impart both core technical skills required to transform data into insights and softer skills such as building narratives and presenting findings.

These programmes have been launched to equip our people from all areas of the business with the skills to make faster, data informed decisions, to create compelling stories using data visualisation and to drive transformative change across the business.

The skills developed will benefit our clients by helping them to deliver high performance buildings, using data-driven methods to arrive at better outcomes whilst saving time on manual data processes. Through the training, our people will develop the skills to analyse and present data to clients, to identify cost savings and efficiencies that deliver better projects.

Building a data culture is integral to how we make good decisions, design for net zero carbon, and plan for our future as a business. This training is enabling us to offer our people new skills, build our capabilities and, ultimately, make better use of data. Just as importantly, it gives our people access to some of the most in-demand skills in the workplace today, in turn equipping them to make use of data and AI to create a huge positive impact on building performance for our clients.
Tom Collins, Digital Director