MBN Solutions backs £7,000 place on data '˜boot camp'

Specialist data science recruiter MBN Solutions has provided £7,000 to fund a place on a three-week 'boot camp' aimed at helping to plug Scotland's data skills gap.

MBN Solutions chief executive Michael Young. Picture: Contributed
MBN Solutions chief executive Michael Young. Picture: Contributed

The Edinburgh-based Data Lab innovation centre has teamed up with New York’s globally renowned Data Incubator to develop the initiative.

To apply for the place sponsored by MBN Solutions, aspiring students are asked to submit a video by 12 August, explaining how they would use the data science training in their current organisations. A space on an intensive advanced Python module is also up for grabs.

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There are up to 50 places available at the Boot Camp, which will take place in September in Edinburgh.

MBN chief executive Michael Young 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.”

Brian Hills, head of data at the publicly-funded Data Lab, added: “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.”