Zurich UK has become the latest high-profile brand to open its own data academy as part of the finance giant’s plans to put data at the heart of its business and equip staff with skills for the future.
Wise, the campaigning group for greater gender balance in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), is calling for employers, professional bodies and educators to set a target of achieving 30% of women in core STEM roles on the back of new official figures which reveal there has been virtually no progress in the tech industry for a decade.
Women in Data crowned its annual conference last week with the unveiling of the new 20 in Data and Technology, this year presented in association with N Brown Group. In front of a packed auditorium of nearly 1,000 delegates - most of them wearing this year’s signature colour red - the 2019 list filed on to the stage to take a bow.
The Scottish government is being urged to address the disadvantages which prevent young people from taking up science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, amid calls for "systemic change" to prevent girls being locked out of the jobs of the future.
Shop Direct, the online retail giant behind Littlewoods and Very.co.uk, has signed a deal with the University of Liverpool to develop a joint programme of activity across data and digital careers, as well as marketing and finance.
Projects to improve the efficiency of the planning system, predicting demand in children’s social care and improving code sharing between local councils are among seven digital technology schemes to have received grants of up to £100,000 from the Government.
Up to 10.5 million jobs in the UK - equivalent to 30% of the workforce - are under threat from the rise of automation. But while middle-tier workers are most at risk those with data skills, and those who are willing to retrain to achieve them, could stave off the rise of the machines.