South African data science training institute Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA) is making a range of online data science and data engineering courses available to students in the rest of Africa, but with a specific focus on youth and talent within Nigeria and Kenya.
The aim with the data science and data engineering courses is to offer talented, ambitious and hard-working young people in Africa the chance to be trained for a career in data science, data engineering, data analytics and business intelligence, says EDSA CEO Shaun Dippnall.
“By going online, we can reach a wider audience and we train thousands of young people every year. Our full-time course has been successful, with a 95% placement rate after graduation. Our courses are designed to be practical and to deal with real world problems in business,” he notes.
The company is offering its flagship data science learning pathway, which teaches students how data can be used to solve difficult problems in any context, to the rest of Africa. Its data engineering courses provide insight into how to store, move, process and manage data in the powerful data platforms that run large enterprises.
Further, the data analytics courses cover gathering and analysing data to deliver business insights while the business intelligence courses require students to master the art of telling stories from data through beautiful, insightful and value-driving visualisations.
After four years of improving training methods in South Africa, EDSA is now ready to expand into key African countries, Dippnall explains.