Custom-built data science & engineering training at itvitae

About ITvitae

ITvitae’s mission is to guide ICT specialists with high-functioning autism or gifted individuals to a paid and sustainable job. The company has three core activities – learning, coaching, and secondment. ITvitae offers participants a variety of ICT trainings of six to nine months and concludes each module with globally recognized exams. Trainees can pick from a variety of programs in the fields of software development, security, engineering, data science, and more. They are also taught soft skills and coached on how to work within a company. After certification, graduates are employed by ITvitae, one of their clients, or continue their career path at another company.

The Challenge

In 2018, ITvitae contacted Anchormen to help with developing their first data science and data engineering programs. People with high-functioning autism or gifted individuals can already experience difficulties with building relationships and developing their career paths. Being able to connect with stakeholders and fully understand the types of data problems they are trying to solve is an especially important skill for Data Scientists who need to also be able to communicate across all levels of an organization. Because of that, we wanted to create for them a curriculum that has the right balance of theory, hands-on assignments, and also understanding of the business aspect of their work.

The Approach

In collaboration with the client, we developed several custom-build training programs that offer the most valuable skills and knowledge that the trainees will need in order to become certified data engineers and scientists. More than 30 classes were created, covering everything from programming skills and Big Data to Machine Learning, Data Science, and Cloud. Several Anchormen data specialists are involved as trainers and provide participants not only with the necessary theoretical & hands-on knowledge, but also with tips and tricks on how to overcome complex data challenges and communicate results with stakeholders.

The Results

Since the beginning of this partnership, the program has grown both in value and amount of successful graduates that are interested in becoming data engineers and scientists. Every year, we teach a class of up to 20 students and growing. So far, we’ve helped ITvitae train 51 Data Science students and 95% of them have successfully found data science jobs. More recently, Anchormen has developed a Machine Learning Engineer program to meet the evolving requirements of the job market. The program combines the knowledge and skills of data engineers and data scientists and trainees are able to apply their theoretical knowledge to real-life cases.