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WANdisco Data Employer Skills Academy

WANdisco Data Employer Skills Academy

The WANdisco Data Employer Skills Academy was the first Employer Skills Academy to launch in 2019. This academy was based at our City Campus and supported our Level 3 IT students to develop their knowledge and skills in the IT industry. David Richards, the CEO of WANdisco and local entrepreneur, was keen to work with the College, based on his own educational experiences. Now David returns to Sheffield to help support and develop our local future talent.

About WANdisco Data Employer Skills Academy

Recruitment for the WANdisco Data Employer Skills Academy took place every two years.

The WANdisco Data Employer Skills Academy provided the opportunity for its academy students to take part in WANdisco led masterclasses, workshops, site visits and placement opportunities to enhance their college studies. Students in the WANdisco academy also took part in projects set by the employer, including the Laptops for Kids campaign. By providing projects, this allowed all of the WANdisco academy students to gain hands-on experience and learn from industry experts.

Taking place in a WANdisco branded classroom and set up with interactive equipment, students were exposed to all areas of the IT business with various members of the WANdisco team, including those who are based in offices worldwide. Masterclasses include subjects such as

  • Big Data Analysis
  • Front and Back End Development
  • Social Media
  • Employability Skills

As part of the programme, there was an opportunity for two academy students to take part in an industry placement. This provided students with 315 hours of industry experience, in various aspects of the business, that they can then use for future applications. The students were selected on merit and will undergo further interviews in order to take part in this opportunity.


Laptops for All

Following the success of the Laptops for Kids campaign, we're delighted to announce The Sheffield College's support of the Laptops for All campaign, a new drive to deliver essential access to the internet for disadvantaged households.

Six per cent of UK households remain offline, making it difficult to take part in activities including education, employment and healthcare or even stay in touch with friends and family.

To help support the campaign The Sheffield College campuses will continue to act as drop-off points for donated devices, which will then be securely erased by our WANdisco Data Academy students under the guidance of IT experts, ready for distribution to those in need.

To find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved or donate your old devices visit,

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We want to equip young people in Sheffield with the skills and experience to succeed in the future work environment. We want to create opportunities for young people to fulfil their potential, regardless of their background, and enjoy rewarding careers in Yorkshire and beyond.

David Richards; Founder, CEO and Chairman of WANdisco PLC

My parents think this course is fantastic. Here I am coming to Sheffield and working for a global IT company like WANdisco.

George Allsop-Hayes
Wandisco Data Academy student

Testimonial George Allsop-Hayes

03/04/2024 3:40 pm
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