The Data Lab is more than doubling their MSc intake for 2016/17, now offering 90 funded places across seven universities.
In order to address the growing need for ‘workplace-ready’ data skills in Scotland’s public sector and businesses, the Data Lab has also partnered with MBN Solutions – a Data Science and Big Data recruiter based in Glasgow and London.
It is hoped that the Data Lab programme will ensure the continued availability of work place ready and talented data scientists in Scotland. MBN’s task will be to help place the MSc graduates into organisations seeking to make the most of the talent on offer.
Joshua Ryan-Saha, Data Lab Skills Programme Manager, said “A group of 90 elite MSc data scientists will be tasked with solving real-life issues and generating economic impact to Scotland through data analysis. This ambitious competition is part of the pioneering MSc programme devised by Scottish Innovation Centre, The Data Lab. The budding data post graduates will be charged with using datasets unique to Scotland to develop new insights, ideas, products, services or processes that will deliver social or economic benefit”.
“We are proud to have been appointed to this prestigious contract. Scotland has some of the most talented and skilled data practitioners in the world and this programme will ensure they are available, first and foremost, to Scottish businesses” said MBN Solutions CEO, Michael Young.
“Working in partnership with the Data Lab allows us to help find the most appropriate and effective placements for these rising stars in environments where their skills can make a real difference”.
All students on the Msc programme are offered a paid, credit-bearing industrial placement, with the fifty additional places this year being offered in the South-West of Scotland.