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Data Skills for Work

The Data Skills for Work programme aims to empower people across Lothian, Fife, and the Scottish Borders with skills to take advantage of the world of work shaped by data-driven innovation, training them for changing roles and preparing them for the jobs of the future.

Our ambition is to diversify the local labour market with a range of data skills – including widening opportunities for workers in jobs that are being changed by automation, women returners, people with disabilities, and BAME communities.

What will the Data Skills for Work programme do?

The programme will act as a gateway for individuals and businesses seeking training in data analytics, data science, and other data-related activities, signposting to relevant courses provided by local colleges, universities, and other online and face to face training and education providers. It will do this through:

  • Data Skills Journey: A framework for the region’s workforce on data career pathways, existing and emerging data skills, and relevant education and training programmes for data
  • Data Skills Portal: Up-to-date information on data employment, data career pathways, data occupations, existing and emerging data skills, as well as relevant education and training programmes for data
  • Data Skills Credits: Funding for at-risk and low paid employees in roles that are being changed by automation, and those returning to work, to up-skill and re-skill
  • Data Adoption Training: Leadership training and ongoing support from The Data Lab for the adoption of Data-Driven Innovation and planning for a data-literate workforce.

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