Access Data


Access Data supports individuals in gaining or improving knowledge and skills related to the world of data – preparing them for the demands of the contemporary job market. Tailored to individual needs, the project is made both for those with no previous experience in data, as well as those who already possess some knowledge and skills. We aim to help people overcome any challenges they might be facing, to move into employment or progress in their current job. 

We offer Info Sessions on demand – a chance to learn more about the project and get answers to any questions about it. To arrange a session (either 1:1 or in a small group), please contact us here.

Access Data is a chance to explore the world of data presented in plain English and through real-life examples, with 1:1 Tailored Support on every step of the way; Basic Digital Skills Training; Access Data Courses delivered by Edinburgh College lecturers; support into and during other suitable courses; and Employability Skills Training.

The Service is run in cooperation with Data Education in Colleges and funded as part of the Data skills Gateway programme.


The Service is for those living in Edinburgh and are unemployed or on a low income; want to move into education, training or employment that is related to IT or Data; and belong to at least one of the following groups: have a disability or learning difficulty; are a woman; are an Armed Forces veteran; from a minority ethnic background; have parental responsibilities. Please note that Access Data is currently taking referrals only from people who are interested in starting our courses (including IT) when the course recruitment is open (usually March and May-June).


Access Data is not time limited, as we understand that our participants might face complex challenges and we work around their changing needs.


Access Data offers the opportunity for participants to gain skills and knowledge that will enable them to make progress in education, further training or employment.


Access Data is delivered in a blended model – remotely (via phone and online sessions through Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, or other tool preferred by individual participants) or face-to-face in our Community College at 156 Cowgate. The Service might also be delivered in outreach locations to enable people who are not yet ready to attend the Community College to start their Access Data journey.

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