The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has today (11 January) revealed the latest partner to join its online Data Analytics Career Accelerator.
Global technology consultancy, Thoughtworks, will offer real-world experience to students on the programme designed to equip learners with the skills required for careers in digital fields.
Set to commence their studies next month, the initiative’s first cohort are unlikely to lack offers for their services; the UK government has plans to drive data skills across the public sector, while Microsoft has estimated that 20 million data analyst roles will be required globally by 2025.
“We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with a university as renowned as LSE,” said Danilo Sato, head of data and AI services UK at Thoughtworks. “Data strategy now sits at the heart of successful digital organizations, and these highly prized data analytics skills are essential to a company’s success.
“We believe that a programme of this kind is one step closer to helping both us and other organizations resolve the digital skills gap.”
The six-month course, designed and developed by experts in statistics and methodology at the LSE, aims to equip participants with holistic data analysis skills, in areas including the application of predictive models, collaborating in solving business problems, and acquiring and analysing large amounts of complex data from multiple sources.
Towards the end of the programme, participants will work directly with an employer, such as Thoughtworks, helping them to apply their newly acquired knowledge in an authentic business scenario, develop their collaboration and communication skills, and build their portfolio.
The career accelerator model was developed in partnership with digital education firm, FourthRev.
“The collaboration between world-leading universities, tech companies and employers is central to these online programmes,” said FourthRev co-founder, Omar de Silva.
“This approach combines the robustness and recognition of a world-leading university education alongside the best job-focused technical education, designed by top industry and employers. Thoughtworks’ perspective will help to ensure that course projects meet the expectations of industry.”