Get job-ready as a Machine Learning Engineer in 12 weeks.

Pay back when you're getting paid. Our not-for-profit, fully-online training gets recent African undergraduates job ready for Machine Learning Engineer careers globally in 12 weeks.

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Batch 4 - Dates

Applications Open

31 May - 13 June 2021

Selection

21 June - 2 July 2021

Training

12 July - 1 Oct 2021

Intensive Training Overview

10 Academy intensive training gets African undergraduates ready for global careers in the 4th Industrial Revolution in 3 months. 74% of our 2020 graduates had data science jobs within 6 months, earning 2.5x the median salary of their peers.
  • We train for and measure results in 17 different competencies – each of which we see as essential for your future career as a Machine Learning Engineer
  • Training is online, so you can attend from anywhere – a full-time community manager will make sure that you always have support there when you need it
  • No lectures – our approach is to provide challenges that mimic the end-to-end work that your employer will ask you to do, often with real-world data from industry.  Learn with the support of full-time tutors and from your peers.
  • Weekly anonymous leaderboards help you see how you’re doing relative to your peers.  Challenge yourself for one of 5 badges on offer each week to showcase your exceptional progress.
  • Weekly dashboard of your progress on each competency to see what to focus on to be job ready
  • We help you prepare a profile page to showcase your work career plan
  • We help you with your CV
  • We help you prepare a 2 year plan

10 Academy Training Overview

Intensive Training

  • Training for recent undergraduates
  • Graduates are job ready
  • Focus on Machine Learning Engineering Careers

Priming Training

  • Preparatory training for undergraduate students
  • Dates to be announced

Creating Training

  • Training for academics and graduate students
  • Dates to be announced

Intensive Training - Graduate Outcomes

  • We believe that long-term potential is more important than today’s skill
  • We look for Work Ethic, Bias to self-teach, Bias to support community, Speed of learning
  • We train for and measure results in 17 different competencies – each of which we see as essential for your future career as a Machine Learning Engineer
  • Training is online, so you canattend from anywhere – a full-time community manager will make sure that youalways have support there when you need it
  • No lectures – our approach is to provide challenges that mimic the end-to-end work that your employer will ask you to do, often with real-world data from industry.  Learn with the support of full-time tutors and from your peers.
  • Weekly anonymous leaderboards help you see how you’re doing relative to your peers.  Challenge yourself for one of 5 badges onoffer each week to showcase your exceptional progress.
  • Weekly dashboard of your progress on each competency to see what to focus on to be job ready
  • We help you prepare a profile page to showcase your work career plan
  • We help you with your CV
  • We help you prepare a 2 year plan

How Intensive Training Works

Pre-Training Self-Learning

Access Self-Teaching Resources

Application

Brief Application Form

Selection

  • Quiz
  • Pre-requisite Check
  • Interviews
  • 1 week intensive challenge

Intensive Training

  • 12 weeks with 12 projects, each simulating the type of project likely to be found in industry
  • Guest talks
  • Community events and presence of a full-time community manager
  • Min. 6 hours of tutoring daily

Careers and Internships

  • We help match you into work
  • Companies will be offering paid internships

Costs - Pay it forward when you're getting paid

10 Academy is a not-for-profit initiative.

Trainees pay-it-forward to 10 Academy once they are employed to enable the next batch of trainees to get trained. 10 Academy asks for contributions after employment to ensure that the opportunity is open to all income groups. Payback is targeted slightly higher than the actual cost of training to enable growth and a reproduction rate of greater than 1.

The pay-it-forward fee for 10 Academy Batch 4 is $1000US - this is less than 1.5x months of salary for our median earner from Batch 3.

Those accepted to Week 5 of training will be informed and will have to make their first payment of $100US by 8 Aug 2021.

The remaining $900 is to be paid in 5 instalments once graduates are earning $500US/month and over.

Batch 4 Application Form

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Our learning model

Learning Model

10 Academy prepares graduates for life-long learning.  This is achieved through continual emphasis on self-learning and peer-learning to complete whole-cycle projects so that graduates are ready for work from day 1. 

Training is supported by full-time tutors who guide learners through each step of projects, providing support and enrichment. 

Guest speakers and expert instructors provide inspiration and perspective on what outsized impact is possible.

Job-Readiness Model

10 Academy provides graduates with 17 competencies, selected in partnership with industry, which are essential for the job positions of Machine Learning Engineer, Data Engineer and for MLOps. 

Each weekly project will be marked along those competencies and trainees will be measured against a global expectation of job readiness for each of these competencies.

10 Academy provides graduates with 17 competencies, selected in partnership with industry, which are essential for the job positions of Machine Learning Engineer, Data Engineer and for MLOps. 

Each weekly project will be marked along those competencies and trainees will be measured against a global expectation of job readiness for each of these competencies.

Talent Identification Model

Our talent model assumes that attitude, work-ethic and intelligence are better predictors of long-term success than current skill levels.

To measure each of attitude, work-ethic and intelligence, 10 Academy tracks a set of measures on each of these topics carefully each week.  Learners that can display these attitudes consistently week-on-week for 12 weeks, applied to delivering data science projects, will be selected as the 50 that will complete our training program.

Weekly leaderboards are published to showcase learner progress and to give a gamified aspect to the training.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the pay-it-forward fee?

Graduates that complete and match into a job are asked to pay-forward $1000 to enable future trainees to attend 10 Academy. This is less than 1.5 months of our 2020 median salary.

Payback starts once you are earning >=$500US/month.

What is your intensive training?

Fully-online training, 6 days/week for 12 weeks to get recent African undergraduates job ready.

Who is it for?

Anyone from Africa that has recently completed an undergraduate degree and wants to become a Machine Learning Engineer, Data Engineer or ML DevOps Engineer.

What if I don't have a STEM background?

That's fine with us, as long as you can demonstrate the required pre-requisite knowledge.

What if I haven’t completed an undergraduate degree?

We plan to offer a small number of experimental places to those that haven’t completed their undergraduate degrees.

Am I guaranteed a job afterwards?

We cannot guarantee anyone a job afterwards, but you don’t pay back until you are getting paid. Batch 3 saw 74% job placement within 6 months, and we aim to improve on that for Batch 4.

How are you different than organization X?

  • Our focus is on getting recent African graduates ready for the world of work.  The problem space is enormous, we welcome all others working in a similar area.
  • We believe that our model is uniquely effective and efficient
  • We are not-for-profit
  • We don’t lock you into long payback periods

Which competencies will I be job ready in?

  • Python programming
  • SQL programming
  • Modelling and Evaluation
  • MLOps and Continuous Delivery
  • Data Understanding
  • Data Preparation
  • Visualization of data
  • Understanding the business
  • Software engineering
  • Ethics
  • Math & Stats
  • Problem Identification (anticipation)
  • Our world in data
  • How to make outsized contributions
  • Communication
  • Community building and mentorship
  • Launching your career

What pre-requisite knowledge is required?

  • Python: Knowledge of Python (writing functions, build a simple application and know common libraries including NumPy and Pandas)
  • SQL: Knowledge of SQL (querying databases, use sub-queries, joins and aggregations)
  • Statistics: Knowledge of statistics (measures of center and measures of spread, common sampling distributions, hypothesis testing)
  • Linear Algebra: Knowledge of Linear Algebra (matrix manipulation and matrix multiplication)

Trainee Testimonials

With 10 Academy, the growth was exponential and within weeks I was building my models and even perfecting them.

Lawal, Nigeria

Through 10 Academy, I got my first international paid job which set me on a career path I would never have imagined.

Sampson, Ghana

They had equipped us with skills that were in demand in the market and trained us on how to remain relevant in the future.

Gerald, Kenya

With 10 Academy, I’ve grown professionally with all skills (technical and non-technical) needed to become a job-ready data scientist. All starting from zero. 10 Academy is a better place for young Africans to start their careers in data science.

Jeanette, Rwanda

10 Academy made a creative, knowledgeable and skilled data scientist from the newbie.  What seemed impossible became possible and all this was through the effect of 10 Academy training.

David, Kenya

The hands on experience on the weekly projects taught and challenged me to work smarter and always look for efficient ways to handle tasks at hand, which have been using in my current job.

Bessy, Kenya

10 Academy jump-started my career by multiplying my skills and determination to work before placing me into a great job.

Nahom, Ethiopia

Glory and gore go hand in hand, but again the on and off switches of the 2 are in your mind – 10 Academy showed me that.

Ada, Kenya

There is no other place I would think to start my training in data science.

Jayeola, Nigeria

I learned from 10 Academy to jump out of my comfort zone. I believe that 10 Academy can change your life too, and upgrade your mindset in ways you cannot even imagine!

Rabiaa, Tunisia