Access Data

Want to learn more?

We are excited to be offering a number of sessions to give you more information about the project:

  • Info Sessions: Currently delivered on demand. To arrange a session, please contact Magda Gucman at
  • Taster session: Open Thursday with Access Data and CodeClan on 14 October. Click here for details


Access Data supports Edinburgh parents 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 the individual needs of parents, the project is made both for those with no previous interest in data, as well as those who already possess some knowledge and skills. Access Data aims to help parents overcome any challenges they might be facing to move into employment or progress in their current job. 

The programme offers one-to-one casework support, so that participants can establish a positive, consistent relationship with one worker. Participants work through personal development action plans with their caseworkers. Progress is regularly reviewed to ensure that they are getting the maximum benefit. All support and training is delivered in a safe and supportive environment. 

With us participants can: 

  • Gain or improve digital skills
  • Learn what data is and how it can be used at work and at home 
  • Gain data skills and other skills essential to get employed
  • Improve chances for employment or in-work progression in various sectors 
  • Train or re-train for jobs in the digital and data sectors

Our offer: 

  • Info-Sessionsa chance to learn more about the project and get answers to any questions about it
  • Data Taster Sessions: a chance to explore the world of data presented in plain English and through real life examples related to parents’ interests 
  • 1:1 tailored support on every step of the way, including help with any challenges the participant might face 
  • Digital Skills Training 
  • Support into and during suitable courses 
  • Employability Skills Training 
  • And more to come…


Our project is for parents, or those with parental responsibilities, living in the City
of Edinburgh, who are either unemployed
or on low income, and find themselves in
one or more of the groups listed below:
- They are disabled or have a disabled child
- They are from a minority ethnic background
- They are a lone parent
- They have 3 or more children
- They have a child below 1 year of age
- They are below 25 years of age


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.


Due to current circumstances, Access Data is delivered in a blended model - we are happy to meet our clients remotely (via phone and online sessions through Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, or other tool preferred by individual participants) but now we are also able to arrange face-to-face appointments in our Community College in 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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