The cream of Scotland’s crop of digital students are to be targeted by some of the world’s top companies with a specially arranged introduction event on 20th March in Glasgow.
Organised as part of Scotland’s Data Fest 18, Data Talent is one of a number of events taking place across the country from 19-23rd March.
Now in its third year, and building upon the success of last year’s event; 2018 sees over 40 companies spanning various sectors gather to meet over 300 Masters and PhD students who are expected to attend. This is an increase of nearly 60% in participation and demonstrates the growing market for data talent in Scotland, which is thought to be worth in the region of £17bn.
Companies confirmed to attend the Glasgow-based event include Data Fest sponsors SAS and Merkle Aquila, and organisations including Royal Bank of Scotland, Heineken, Sainsbury’s Bank and the Scottish Government, among many others looking to connect with new talent .
Data Lab Skills Manager, Joshua Ryan-Saha, said “Data is becoming an increasingly valuable resource in a growing range of sectors and industries. The demand for those educated in its use is growing rapidly and Scotland is increasingly regarded as a hub for fostering new data talent. The opportunity for students to meet directly with potential employers is an incredibly valuable one, and the direct impact the event has on jobs post-graduation is measurable.”
The number of academic opportunities currently available to students within Scotland continues to rise alongside demand by employers. In the past three years, over 500 students have benefitted directly from The Data Lab’s educational programme, including 130 students embarking on the latest Data Science MSc courses at 11 of Scotland’s universities.
The Data Talent event will run over the course of a day in Glasgow, allowing for unstructured networking opportunities in addition to talks and exhibits presented by world class speakers and hosts. There will also be a chance for students to attend skills workshops.
Robin Huggins Director of Academy & Client Services at MBN Solutions, Data Talent recruitment partners, said: “Scotland is in a unique position in its ability to foster and shape data talent. The proximity of our universities, and the collaborations between them have created a vibrant community which employers are increasingly tapping into. Our students graduate with real-world experience as well as world-class training, so they are prime targets for the most competitive of employers. Events such as Data Talent are incredibly valuable in the encouragement of dialogue between students and employers, and the range of businesses taking part in the collider event demonstrates the scale of industries currently expanding in the data field.”