Jul 30, 2018

M&S aims to turn staff into data scientists

Marks and Spencer is to open an academy that aims to turn staff from every function in the business into data scientists able to make the retailer more digitally savvy. M&S is the first publicly listed retailer in the UK to go down the path of creating a data skills academy. The M&S plan is to create a new raft of data skilled leaders and data scientists to lead digital transformation across the depth and breadth of its business. Successful students will gain a data analytics qualification accredited by the British Computer Society and the training will be funded through the apprenticeship levy, a UK government scheme that forces companies to set aside an equivalent of 0.5 per cent of their payroll for staff training. Data science is one the fastest growing specialisms in the business education market, encouraging many universities and business schools to add specialist degrees in the subject to their list of course offerings.

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