What it does: Trains data visualisation and analytics experts
Staff details: Some of the best trainers in Australia
The good bits: Learning a highly marketable skill and getting paid to do so
The not so good bits: You’re locked into a contract
The Data School Australia, blurs the line between training college and employer. It offers a 28-month, fixed-term contract. At no cost to themselves, grads spend four months being trained up in Tableau and Alteryx and a further 24 months employed by the Data School. (Though the Data School will pay your wages, you’ll be sent to work at organisations across a range of industries. Placements have included Lendlease, Optus, WPP, AFCX).
The Data School UK opened in mid-2015. Given its success, the Data School Australia was opened in mid-2018. The Data School partners with Tableau and Alteryx to create new data experts in their technology stacks.
While the Data School doesn’t appear to have an official diversity policy, its application process is merit-based. While skewing young, both staff and students appear to be from a range of educational, ethnic and national backgrounds. Unusually for IT education institutions and employers, women seem to be well represented at the Data School.
The Data School Australia is located in Sydney and Melbourne. They have three intakes per year each. In Sydney, the starting dates are in April, August and November. In Melbourne, the starting dates are in February, June, October.
The Data School do things differently and they're proud of it. So forget about the application process you might be used to.
Here’s how the process works:
The Data School are taking applications for places at all times. If you share the same inquisitive nature, have a passion for getting to the truth by way of data they’d love to hear from you!
Click here to review a more detailed description of the application process and to apply.
The Data School pays employees $56,400 during their first year that will rise over the placement period. There are no upfront fees or HECS debts to worry about. You’ll get the training and industry experience that is virtually guaranteed to lead to a lucrative career as a data analyst, data scientist or data consultant.
Once your 28-month contract has been completed, Data Schoolers are likely to have the option of remaining employed at The Data School or work as consultants at MIP (MIP is the partner consulting organisation that provides the trainer and client backbone to The Data School).
Alternatively, you can hang out your shingle as an IT consultant or find a full-time job in one of the burgeoning number of blue-chip corporations that use Tableau and Alteryx.
In the era of Big Data, Data School alumni seem well-placed to enjoy well-paid and exciting careers.
The Data School is a place where passionate trainers teach motivated students. That means you can expect a buzzy atmosphere, as well as classrooms and work placements where you will be encouraged to reach your full potential. The company puts on regular social events and has a happy hour every Friday after the completion of a successful project week.
Star Rating: 4.7 out of 5
"The Data School UK originally opened in June 2015, and the Data School Australia started in July 2018.
We provide 4 months of training where you'll be part of a small group in our dedicated classroom facilities in central Sydney or Melbourne. We have some of the best trainers in Australia, led by our head coaches Craig Dewar and David Bartolo.
Once trained, graduates of the Data School are available for multiple industry placements at clients that cut across a range of sectors and industries. A new class of consultants become available each April, August and December."