New Apprenticeship Levy-funded data literacy programmes launched

Imperial College Business School and tech training provider Corndel are joining forces in a bid to narrow the UK data skills gap

Education and professional development institutions, Imperial College Business School and Corndel, have announced the release of two new data skills development programmes designed for professionals.

The two new executive education programmes will be available from September 2022.

The Data-Driven Professional Programme, has been designed specifically for professionals working across core business functions such as HR, marketing, finance and operations. The aim of the programme is to help enhance their data literacy and consequently aid their organisation in making quicker and smarter decisions.

The more specialised  Data Analyst Programme will enable professionals, whose roles require them to analyse large amounts of data, to build predictive tools to get to grips with cutting-edge thinking in machine learning, AI and data science.

The programme will be taught through a blended approach, enabling participants to fit studies around their careers, join online group seminars and attend masterclass sessions led by renowned Imperial academics and leading industry figures.

Prospective participants will also be able to take advantage of the UK government’s Apprenticeship Levy, which supports employers in providing workplace training for staff in order to boost skills in areas such as data skills and management.

David Brown, director of Executive Education at Imperial College Business School said: “Strategic, impactful, and scalable data skills are increasingly critical for business performance and the economy at large. In partnership with Corndel, we will be able to deliver critical business skills development at speed and scale.”

The programmes’ launch comes amid reports that investment in training spend per employee has fallen 28% in real terms since 2005, to a level less than half the EU average. Meanwhile, demand for data skills continues to rise significantly.

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