Free course launched to help build data analytics skills

Birmingham City University (BCU) has launched a fully funded course offering businesses in the built environment, construction and property-related sectors the opportunity to improve their data analytics skills.

Posted 02 March 2022

Learn key data analytics skills with this new Ecrofit course.

Fully funded, interactive learning

The course, delivered by BCU’s Ecrofit research project, will take place in four-hour sessions on Tuesday 15, 22 and 29 March, from 9am to 1pm.

Led by expert trainers, the course will provide an introduction to the concepts of data analytics and the use of machine learning.

The course will be delivered online and/or in person to suit your personal commitments, and offers you the chance to:

  • Learn in small, interactive groups with other professionals from your sector;
  • Improve your skills by using advanced principles of data analytics to create comprehensive insights;
  • Take your first steps into the use of machine learning;
  • Working with real data on the energy consumption of buildings, understand the limitations and advantages of different approaches.

You will use free web-based tools, applying techniques on real-life data sets to allow you to create your own analysis.

The course is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Meeting government ambitions

The course has been created in order to assist organisations in the built environment, construction and property-related sectors in their quest to react to ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions.

It comes off the back of the introduction of a number of legislations to reduce emissions and drive environmental sustainability.

These include the Government’s Green Industrial Revolution, as well as the Green Deal – both of which pledge to make energy-saving improvements.

The course is also a timely link to the Government’s ambitions for new homes to meet the Future Homes Standard by 2025, social housing to be EPC-C rated by 2030-25, as well as the need for 27 million homes in the UK to receive retrofit interventions.

With there being a real need to measure, monitor and evidence the reductions, having the skills to interpret data will be essential.

Assisting business in identifying solutions

Upon completing the course, you will receive a certificate for 12 hours of non-credit bearing continuing professional development (CPD) to evidence professional development.

In order to be eligible, you must:

  •         Be a small or medium-sized enterprise;
  •         Have a registered office in the West Midlands;
  •         Have received less than £200,000 in state aid in the preceding three years.

The CPD course is offered as part of BCU’s Ecrofit research project.

Ecrofit looks to assist businesses in identifying the most effective renewable energy and retrofit solutions, balancing requirements for low carbon emissions, cost and comfort.

The three-day courses will be offered throughout the year, offering businesses plenty of opportunities to attend and build important skills. Alternative dates can be found here.

Interested in building your data analytics skills? Register your attendance via Eventbrite.

Ecrofit logos

Logos for Ecrofit project.