The Data Skills Taskforce launch the Data Skills Portal
The Data Skills Taskforce is delighted to launch the Data Skills Portal – a new tool for measuring organisational data readiness in SMEs, accessing executive data skills training, and providing insight into policy, projects and case studies related to data skills in the UK.
The Data Skills Portal provides a self-assessment tool to help businesses understand their organisational and technical readiness with respect to data. It will then signpost them to relevant resources and training to improve their capability across four dimensions of data readiness, including Use of Data, Culture and Governance, Skills, and Tools.
The Data Skills Taskforce (DST) is an independent forum, drawing on best practice from the UK’s leading institutions, comprising of UK businesses (including techUK), data skills stakeholders, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and The Alan Turing Institute. The Taskforce has multiple functions; working to foster collaboration and act as a best practice sharing forum, promote the importance of data skills and analytics, and drive impact through innovative projects on policy and data science education. The DST also aims to inspire, educate and train people in data skills while monitoring the progress of key recommendations across relevant national strategies.
The Data Skills Portal aims to reduce financial and geographic barriers to access to training, with a particular focus on SMEs, seeking to support business development and value creation from data. The DST will continue to work as a collective on creative solutions to break down the barriers for data science use with SMEs and the wider workforce across the UK.
Please visit the Data Skills Portal, take the self-assessment, read case studies and learn more about what data science and AI can do for you or your organisations. If you’re interested in the Data Skills Portal and/or want to get involved with the Data Skills Taskforce, get in touch at [email protected].
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Nimmi Patel is the Policy Manager for Skills, Talent and Diversity at techUK.
She works on all things skills policy, focusing on upskilling and retrain. She is committed to embedding diversity in the UK tech pipeline from classroom to boardroom working with partners such as the Tech Talent Charter and the WISE Campaign. Nimmi also leads techUK’s immigration work, collaborating with techUK members and stakeholders to create an environment that attracts the best talent to the UK.
Prior to joining the team, she worked for the UK Labour Party and New Zealand Labour Party and holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Manchester and is currently studying MA Strategic Communications at King’s College London.