Tabitha Davies, an engineering graduate of Cardiff University, has won GoCompare’s data science challenge, scooping the prize of an 18-week data science course and a two-year placement. The 21-year-old beat over 100 entrants and 15 other finalists for the top spot.
Davies, along with several other candidates, had to take written and verbal tests as well as complete a series of challenging tasks. These were designed to assess their ability to analyse and interpret data, apply this insight to real-world business situations and present their findings to a panel which included data science, tech and business experts.
The panel was impressed by Davies’ know-how and her ability to apply what she had learnt to the real-life scenarios she was presented with. Based in Ruislip, having just finished the final year of her mechanical engineering degree in Cardiff, Davies said: “The application process was certainly different and a lot of fun, and it was great getting to meet Jackson [Hull, chief technology officer] and the rest of the team at GoCompare, as well as the other candidates. I can’t wait to get started.”
Newport-based comparison site GoCompare partnered with technology consultant Kubrick Group to launch the data science challenge. The prize is a fully-paid place on Kubrick Group’s 18-week big data engineering course in London and a subsequent two-year placement at GoCompare.
GoCompare's CTO Hull said: “The calibre of the applicants was better than I could have imagined. To see so many people were all intelligent, dynamic and professional was heartening. Tabitha really impressed us at every stage of the process.”
Places on Kubrick Group's 18-week course are highly coveted. It receives around 700 applications for each intake of just 15 people. Simon Walker, managing partner at Kubrick Group, said: “Equipping and supporting bright junior professionals with the right skills will ensure the UK’s future economic success.” TechUK estimated that, by 2020, big data and analytics will be worth £241 billion to the UK economy and create 157,000 additional jobs.