The Scottish innovation centre, The Data Lab has partnered with New York’s globally renowned, The Data Incubator (whose courses are reputedly harder to get into than Harvard), to develop the three-week data Boot Camp as part of a drive to plug the nation’s data skills gap. It is aimed at helping to unlock the economic potential of data to Scotland, estimated to be worth £17 billion* in Scotland alone.
To apply for the MBN Solutions sponsored place, potential students need to submit a video explaining how they would use the data science Boot Camp training in their current organisations. Additionally, a place on the intensive advanced Python module within the Boot Camp is up for grabs.
Michael Young, CEO of MBN Solutions, said: “With the average cost of recruiting a data scientist £15,000, the Boot Camp presents an incredible opportunity to upskill current staff and invest in your company’s data science offering.
“The Data Incubator is recognised as the go-to experts in the data training sector globally and, by sponsoring a place for a budding data scientist, we are helping to enhance Scotland’s pipeline of data science talent.
“Every day we see fantastic, innovative data science projects going on in our client’s organisations, Scotland is leading the way in data science in the UK and The Data Lab are really driving the data agenda forward. Some countries are only just waking up to the potential of data. This course marks a really exciting time for Scotland and The Data Lab and we at MBN Solutions are thrilled to be a part of it.”
Brian Hills, Head of Data at The Data Lab, said: “We’re very pleased to have MBN Solutions sponsor a place on the Boot Camp which will take us one step closer to exploiting the data opportunity in great demand and short supply.
“It is going to be an incredible three weeks with attendees gaining a highly sought after data science skillset and learnings from world-leaders in data science.
“It’s crucial Scotland remains ahead of the curve in data science. By investing in our pipeline of talent and learning from international experts, we are securing our future and taking critical steps toward exploiting the data potential available here in Scotland.”
The pioneering training initiative will allow Scottish businesses to fast track potential returns by using data analysis to drive insight and decision-making across industry. There are up to 50 places available at the Boot Camp which will take place in September in Edinburgh. It will focus on developing practical application skills such as advanced python, machine learning and data visualisation in a collaborative environment.
The Data Lab is an innovation centre focused on helping Scottish industry to capitalise on a growing market opportunity in data science. Established with an £11.3 million grant from the Scottish Funding Council, The Data Lab enables industry, public sector and world-class university researchers to innovate and develop new data science capabilities in a collaborative environment. Its core mission is to generate significant economic, social and scientific value from data for Scotland.
The Data Incubator is data science education company based in NYC, DC, and SF with both corporate training and hiring offerings. They leverage real world business cases to offer customized, in-house training solutions in data and analytics. They also offer partners the opportunity to hire from their 8 week fellowship training PhDs to become data scientists. The fellowship selects 2% of its 2000+ quarterly applicants and is free for fellows. Hiring companies (including EBay, Capital One, AIG, and Genentech) pay a recruiting fee only if they successfully hire. You can read more about The Data Incubator on Harvard Business Review, VentureBeat, or The Next Web, or read about their alumni at Palantir or the NYTimes.
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