Data Training: How To Do It Right

With 71% of CEOs saying a shortage of data skills and access could create major issues in their business, it’s clear why data training has become a priority – here’s what you need to avoid.

Data training. It sends shudders down spines. 

However, it doesn’t have to instil dread. Not all data training is slide decks and Excel formulas; it can be interesting, fun and interactive. Like our Data Academy.  

Whether you’re outsourcing training or developing your own, find out what you should and shouldn’t do when creating meaningful data training.

Invest in new software

To get people excited about using data, they need access to exciting tools. 

They need software that makes data approachable and easy to understand; software that’s built with the regular business user in mind. Tools like Tableau make data accessible using sophisticated visualisation techniques – they even have a gallery of dashboards. 

An investment in these tools shows your commitment to building a data culture. For people to change their behaviours and processes to include more data, they need their business to show the value of data.

One size doesn’t always fit all

People won’t (initially) be excited about data training; they’ll take some winning over. You have a window of time before they switch off and lose interest. Making the training relevant to their job will help them engage with it quicker. It makes it easier for them to apply to their roles and highlights how they’ll benefit. After all, the data needs of an HR Assistant will be different to a Marketing Manager.

To help you make it relevant, get to know their current pain points and find out how data could help. 

Keep it bite-sized to keep it appetising

Receiving a calendar invite for a full-day training session irks people. Not even a data expert can process and retain that much information in one go. 

Avoid having disgruntled people and spread the training over a few weeks in 1-hour slots.  Employees will approach it with a positive mindset and able to digest the information.

It’s easy for data training to get boring so it’s important to make it fun and interactive to get them excited. 

Spend time and money 

If you don’t spend time or money on sourcing/developing excellent data training, employees will view that as the business not valuing it; if the business doesn’t value it – why should they?

Ensure that when data training is launched, it’s well organised and thought through. It should be clear that plenty of resources have been used to develop it into an excellent training programme that delivers real results. 


For over 20 years, AVADO have been providing professional training and qualifications that transform businesses. In 2018, Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ apprenticeship provider, Arch Apprentices, combined forces with AVADO to become one of the most exciting education providers in the UK.

Since the Apprenticeship Levy was first announced in 2015, we’ve been consulting with businesses across the country on how to make the most out of their levy funds. From finance and HR to marketing and IT, we provide digital-first apprenticeships that will engage your workforce. 

Stephanie Khan

Posted January 27, 2020