N Brown launches academy to boost staff data skills

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N Brown - the company behind brands JD Williams, Figleaves and Simply Be - is aiming to open up the use of data and analytics across its entire organisation by setting up a data academy.

The retail group is developing a Data Fellowship programme which aims to empower employees to embrace data science and how it is applied in business.

The company is working with training company Corndel and technology educator Decoded, which is also working with Marks & Spencer on a similar venture.

The Data Fellowship is fully funded by the Apprenticeship Levy, which was created by the Government to help upskill the UK workforce.

All employees across the business will have the opportunity to enrol on the scheme, which runs for 18 months from February 2019, and they will learn about programming and machine learning. Those who complete the course will hold a data analytics qualification accredited by the British Computing Society.

N Brown director of data science Gareth Powell said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to upskill more of our colleagues in data science from a mindset and technical perspective.

“Data is now ingrained in online retail and is a fundamental pillar for the future growth of N Brown. Decoded provides world class data analytics training and I’m hugely excited by the partnership and the transformative effect it will have.”