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Fast Track

Fast Track Data/AI Graduate Programme

We aspire to create a high quality, graduate talent pool in Wales, accelerating the development of graduates into Data/AI professionals, and providing employers with access to a talent bank of high calibre, skilled employees.


Applications for the next Fast Track Programme are now closed.

550 applicants for 2021 Programme
85 of Graduates would highly recommend the programme
79 of Graduates were awarded a Distinction


The Fast-Track programme provides an intensive, 10-month programme of work experience, reinforced by applied academic study.

Kicking off with a comprehensive 4-week bootcamp you’ll gain the ability and confidence to be able to add value from day 1 of your employer placement. You’ll develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of Data and AI, understand best practice in application and methodologies meaning you’ll be fully equipped ahead of your placement.

During your placement with one of Wales’ leading employers you will gain further training and will work with your colleagues on real-world business problems and projects, giving you invaluable skills and experience.


Following a structured development plan that combines technical and nontechnical development, you’ll develop a rounded data science and analytics skillset, as well as building your profile and network that will fast track your career!

In addition to your training and career development, you will study for a fully funded post graduate Diploma in Applied Data/AI, delivered by University of South Wales School of Computing and Mathematics.

The qualification will teach the fundamentals of data, in particular how to understand, interpret, research, and manage complex data.

The Fast-Track Programme has been designed to ensure graduates stay at the forefront of the ever-changing landscape of the data and AI industry, and in turn, provides businesses with the in-demand skills needed to thrive in the sector.

What do you need to apply?

Our Programme is inclusive, we are passionate about diversity and welcome all applications who meet the following criteria:

– A Degree graded 2:1 or above, in a highly technical and/or numeric discipline.

– The right to live and work in the UK.

– Due to the nature of the Programme, we are unable to recruit students who require a visa or sponsorship.


We are a mulitaward winning initiative.


Recruitment timeline

Programme structure

The Fast Track Programme has a unique structure, designed to condense your experience into 10 months.

All graduates will experience:

  • 1x 4 week intensive bootcamp
  • 1x 9 month work placement with top UK employer
  • Fully funded Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Data and AI, delivered by our University partner (includes weekly taught sessions, support sessions and independent learning)
  • Salary paid from outset of Programme
  • Support from a Graduate Liaison Manager
  • Employability Training
  • Opportunity to apply for permanent job once you’ve achieved your Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data and AI.
    4 week bootcamp
    • 4 Week intensive bootcampThe programme starts with a 4 week intensive bootcamp where you'll learn the basics and get prepared for the world of work.

      You’ll learn best practice application, working practices and methodologies to ensure you hit the ground running on day 1 of your placement.

      The Bootcamp will form credits towards the wider Post Graduate qualification and includes:

      • Understanding business context • Data in Context and problem solving • Data Analytics • Programming for Data Analysis • Hackathon

    Example Placement
    • - BI Team (inc Product, Marketing and Data Science) Skills You’ll Develop

      • You will be immersed in a fast paced business, that is part of the group that got voted in the top World’s Best Place to Work

      • Able to create and deliver valuable model or models, that give insight or forecasting or pricing gains into an area or the business

      • An excellent opportunity to work with a newly formed innovative and exciting DS team that are open to projects, processes and opportunities that you can influence.

    • Post Graduate QualificationThe qualification delivers the analytical and computing skills required to become proficient in the fundamentals of data, in particular to understand, interpret, research, and manage complex data.

      Modules are designed to be cutting edge, to meet the changing needs of the industry and business.

      An example of Modules: • Data Analytics and Visualisation • Database and Information Systems • Data Mining • Data Security, Governance and Compliance • Statistical Programming • Application of Machine Learning • Applied AI

    • Placement Ends

    Programme information

    The Programmes are managed by the Welsh Contact Centre Forum and are partly funded by the European Social Fund.

    Find out more

    If you want to find out more about the programme please email: