The ‘digital skills shortage’ is a term that’s been around for a while and is often used to describe the challenge faced by employers when trying to recruit staff with specialist IT skills, such as Data Analysts and Data Scientists. Here at LIDA, we believe the best way to address this shortage is to build capacity by providing a range of training programmes and professional development courses. Our capacity building and training portfolio currently includes a range of short courses delivered by the CDRC and five MSc programmes.
Later this year, we’ll be launching our new Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Analytics and Society. There will be more about the MSc programmes and the CDT in future editions of the newsletter, however, this is the perfect time to focus on our Data Scientist Intern programme.
We welcomed our first cohort of interns in September after a highly competitive recruitment process involving 128 applicants. The interns will be spending eight months here at LIDA and most will work on two projects during that time, with topics ranging from understanding blood cancers, through monitoring hate crime via social media to agent-based modelling of smart cities (and everything in between)! During their time here, the interns will also receive employability training whilst also undertaking masterclasses with guest contributors from a range of LIDA partners. You can read more about the interns, their motivations for joining the programme and ambitions for the future here.