Skills & Talent


Skills & talent

As more and more businesses become data-driven, demand for data talent will only continue to grow.

We don’t just need more data scientists – we need people with the practical skills and hands on experience to apply the latest data science thinking in the real-world.

We believe that our wider workforce needs a broader set of skills that will allow them to understand and creatively solve business and societal problems using data.

That’s why we work with industry to make sure people across sectors have the opportunity to gain the skills they need to apply ground-breaking data science in the real world. 

We act as a collider force, helping our graduates find jobs in the industry and businesses connect into Scotland’s talent pool.

We do this by:

postgraduate programmes

Developing and delivering postgraduate programmes which allow you to gain hands-on industry experience.

professional development

Offering professional development programmes that give people at all stages in their career the confidence and ability to work with data – from business leaders to school children.


Creating opportunities for businesses to shape the skills agenda and connect into Scotland’s data talent pool; for students to apply what they are learning in an industry setting and for graduates to find a job in Scotland.

Data Lab students

We have brought you:

1 +
MSc graduates
industrial doctorates
moocs/online courses

The Data Lab MSc

260 studentships through 22 courses delivered across 11 universities. 

150+ students have gained employment or further research positions, with over 100 remaining in Scotland.

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How we promote skills & talent

msc programme

We work closely with industry and academia to create a flexible MSc programme that will give you the right skills and hands-on experience to allow you to make a real difference with data in your field.

industrial doctorates

We co-fund industry-focused doctoral research programmes in Scottish Universities, in collaboration with Scottish businesses or public sector organisations.

online learning

We provide funding for the development of online courses which contribute to data science training and education in Scotland and across the world.

executive education

Our flexible learning programme is a great alternative to full time study to ensure staff have the relevant skills to apply data science skills to their workplace.