Tableau Software is aiming to do its bit to address the UK’s data literacy skills gap by partnering with training specialist Avado to introduce a suite of programmes designed to prepare workers for the demands of the data-led economy.
The partnership will see the development of a new range of interactive courses designed to help organisations and individuals - from school-leavers to business leaders - upskill and become more data literate.
The Data Analytics Apprenticeship is the first to launch in the UK and is currently being piloted by several British firms.
The programme will offer training on data analytics and data visualisation techniques to students studying relevant courses, funded through the UK’s Apprenticeship Levy. Tableau will provide students with free software licenses, along with specific case-studies, practical exercises and an array of guest-speakers.
The partners aim to train over 3,000 new data analysts by 2020.
Avado chief executive Mark O’Donoghue said: “The future competitiveness of UK PLC will increasingly be tied to the data literacy of its workforce. Whilst it’s not practical for all employees to be data scientists, it’s crucial that everyone can boast a good level of data literacy across the board. If data is the new oil, then creating a common language and enhancing understanding of how data can be best put to business benefit is a key objective for all organisations.
“Quality data focused apprenticeships and top-up courses provide a practical and attractive route for businesses to access new talent and reskill current employees in an increasingly data driven environment. When it came to developing training programmes to satisfy this demand, we wanted to work with a leader in the space. Partnering with Tableau made absolute sense.”