Data Lab signs up MBN for MSc programme partnership

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The Data Lab MSc,  the collaborative programme between The Data Lab and eleven Scottish universities designed to provide work placements for rising stars of the data industry, has signed a deal for this year's scheme.

MBN Solutions will once again deliver a tailored suite of employability training to funded students, and will then work with them to identify and secure data-specific placements at a broad spectrum of leading Scottish businesses.

Last year’s programme saw students working with leading Scottish based businesses such as Aquila Insight, STV, Aggreko, Morgan Stanley, NHS, Glasgow City Council and Virgin Money for a 10-12 weeks’ work placement, designed to enhance their commercial, technical and domain expertise.

This year’s programme has grown from 90 to 130 funded students. This extended commitment underlines the need to deliver workplace-ready data skills into Scotland’s business communities. The programme is designed to ensure the continued availability of some of the best workplace ready and talented data scientists to Scottish businesses and the public sector.

MBN Solutions chief executive Michael Young said: "Scotland has some of the most talented and skilled data practitioners in the world and this programme will ensure they are available, first and foremost, to Scottish businesses.

“Working in partnership with The Data Lab allows us to help find the most appropriate and effective placements for these rising data stars in environments where their skills can make a transformational difference”.

All students on the Data Lab MSc are offered a paid, credit-bearing industrial placement. The 40 additional places this year will all be offered their placement with organisations based throughout Scotland. This is linked to the funding and the aim of encouraging direct employment for students following their placement and creating additional jobs in the area.

Data Lab skills programme manager Joshua Ryan-Saha added: “A group of 130 elite MSc data scientists will be tasked with solving real-life issues and generating economic impact to Scotland through data analysis. This ambitious competition is part of the pioneering MSc programme.

"The budding data post graduates will be charged with using datasets unique to Scotland to develop new insights, ideas, products, services or processes that will deliver social or economic benefit."