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How DataCamp Helps Drax Accelerate the Transition to Renewable Energy

Find out how Drax partnered with DataCamp for Business to foster a culture of continuous learning and skill development
Feb 2024  · 6 min read

Inside Drax’s Ambitions to Achieve Sustainability Goals with Data

Drax, one of the leading renewable energy providers in the UK, has always been committed to innovation and sustainability. Their goal of enabling a zero-carbon, lower-cost energy future has driven them to explore new technologies and methods to reduce their carbon footprint, specifically by using biomass as fuel for power plants. Through its mission, Drax recognized the importance of building a data-driven culture within the company to achieve its sustainability goals.

Converting Drax Power Station to use sustainable biomass transformed our business into one of Europe’s largest single-site decarbonization projects and was a critical step towards Drax realizing its 2030 target of being a carbon negative company. We feel this is incredible progress but it’s a complex and niche topic so it’s helpful to use data to explain the benefits of the transition.

Bjoern ReinkeDirector of Data and Data Science at Drax Group

Previously, Drax had embedded data enthusiasts but didn't have a formalized team. Three years ago, Drax made a strategic decision to establish a central data team covering four disciplines: data governance, reporting, data engineering, and data science. As part of growing the data science function, it was a natural decision for Drax to consider investing in the team's professional development. Drax sought an accessible online solution with hands-on interactive learning that would allow them to build cutting-edge data and AI skills in data science and analytics.

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Drax partnered with DataCamp for Business to first deliver hands-on interactive training on data science and analytics topics for their core data team and adjacent departments.

DataCamp's reputation has always centered on hands-on, practical, modular, and interactive learning, with real coding examples and easy sharing. Students can track their personal progress and benchmark themselves against others, which is unique to DataCamp.

Bjoern ReinkeDirector of Data and Data Science at Drax Group

The most popular technologies data scientists and analysts at Drax upskilled in were Python, SQL, theory, Power BI, Spreadsheets, and Git. Learners especially enjoyed the bite-sized approach to learning and the fact they could complete bite-sized exercises on their mobile and achieve tangible learning outcomes by investing as little as five minutes a day.

DataCamp is an essential tool for my continuous professional development. Its unique offering of bite-sized, interactive learning easily fits into my busy work life. Even just five minutes of learning something new can broaden my knowledge. It's a fantastic habit to get into. With many courses available on mobile, I can complete quick quizzes, videos, and tasks anywhere.

Jennifer KennedySenior BI & Reporting Analyst at Drax

Innovation is at the core of Drax. The team was one of the first to provide employees with a ChatGPT Fundamentals learning path by creating a custom track on DataCamp. This track allowed learners to interact directly with the ChatGPT interface, gain hands-on experience with writing prompts, and learn about the limitations and ethical implications of this technology.

DataCamp's customer success team was instrumental in Drax's success with the platform. They worked closely with Drax to ensure that the platform was meeting the diverse needs of learners and that Drax employees were getting the most out of the training.

Every vendor has a customer success team, but DataCamp's is one of a kind. I've never worked with somebody as responsive, fast, and effective in my whole career. For me, this totally works.

Bjoern ReinkeDirector of Data and Data Science at Drax Group

The next step for Dax is to promote organization-wide data literacy and fluency. In collaboration with DataCamp Curriculum Experts, Drax developed four custom tracks to build key competencies such as data-driven decision-making, data communication, and data storytelling.

When you look at our executive committee presentations, they're full of bar charts–but there are better ways of telling a story. Custom tracks will help us explain the relevance when delivering training for business leaders.

Bjoern ReinkeDirector of Data and Data Science at Drax Group

The partnership with DataCamp has helped Drax foster a culture of continuous learning and skill development while accelerating individual career journeys and empowering Drax to stay ahead of the innovation curve to achieve sustainability.

Through the partnership, they were able to deliver hands-on interactive training on data science and analytics topics for their core data team and adjacent departments. By enabling 110+ professionals with key Python, SQL, data literacy, and Power BI skills, Drax was able to accelerate innovation and data science business applications. Through DataCamp, Drax fostered a culture of continuous learning and skill development while accelerating individual career journeys and helping Drax on their journey towards a future where renewable energy is the default for all.

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