Data is Everyone's Business

Dundee and Angus College teams up with The Data Lab to launch groundbreaking digital skills initiative.

Dundee and Angus College is proud to announce its collaboration with The Data Lab in the launch of a transformative digital skills project, "Data is Everyone’s Business". This initiative aims to revolutionise knowledge and expertise in data and Artificial Intelligence (AI), creating new career prospects and developing data-driven value for businesses.

The project comprises three distinct elements:

Women in Data: An immersive learning programme tailored for women, offering insights into Data Science as a viable career path. It introduces vital digital skills applicable across industries, particularly in STEM.

Data for Leaders: This programme equips aspiring and current leaders with essential data visualisation and analysis tools. Participants will gain invaluable insights into leveraging data for enhanced business value, emphasising the significance of data-driven decision-making.

Data for All: A comprehensive training programme designed to foster a deep understanding of data within a business context. Participants will learn how to harness data analysis and visualisation tools for effective problem-solving and communication.

Scotland currently faces a significant shortage of digital skills, with an estimated 13,000 vacancies in the provision of suitably skilled digital workers. This project aligns perfectly with the region's demand for enhanced digital skills across various sectors.

Laura Louch, Curriculum Project Lead, highlights “Scotland’s digital sector currently generates over £6 billion a year, it’s also estimated that those working in the digital sphere are 23 per cent more likely to be employed on a full-time and permanent contract, with salaries growing faster than in any other sector. These fully funded workshops are a great opportunity for people in Dundee to upskill. Understanding data and what it all means in a business is such an important skill to have, and it can open so many career options.”  

The initiative will comprise ten training programmes, including specialised tracks for women and leaders, and will be available both in-person and remotely. All programmes offer progression pathways to further accredited study, ensuring a seamless educational journey.  In addition, specially designed free workshops will provide the opportunity to upskill or reskill in data, catering to a diverse range of learners.

"This year, only a quarter of entrants into UK computing courses are female, so encouraging greater diversity in the sector is vital. Programmes that not only champion the next generation of passionate data professionals but also reduce barriers to entry for data workers are invaluable. Practical courses, such as those offered by Dundee & Angus College, are designed to encourage more diversity in the data sector and will contribute to levelling the playing field. Data skills will only become more important to the Scottish economy over the next ten years, and programmes like these will help ensure we are properly equipped for that challenge, both now and in the future," emphasised Anna Ashton Scott, Programme Manager at The Data Lab.

This groundbreaking partnership between Dundee and Angus College and The Data Lab represents a significant milestone in the region's digital education landscape. Through the expertise of both organisations, participants will have access to cutting-edge knowledge and skills in the field of digital technology.

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