BCX and the Explore Data Science Academy Welcome Diverse 2018 Cohort
Cape Town, 1 March 2018 – Explore Data Science Academy - South Africa’s first fully-funded training institution for data science futured by BCX - welcomes its diverse 2018 cohort for classes this term.
Last year, BCX invested over R50 million in the Explore Data Science Academy, sponsoring 300 students over three years to complete the free year-long course and internship, focusing on the immense potential that data science and analytics has for the future of tech.
The 2018 cohort of the Explore Data Science Academy showcases the organisation’s commitment to offering vital digital skills to South Africans who can benefit most from them.
The 2018 class of students at the Explore Data Science Academy is made up of:
• 86% black students
• 42% female students
• 54% students under 25
• 42% of students with certifications no higher than matric
Ian Russell, CEO of BCX, said, “We’re extremely proud of the student profile of the Explore Data Science Academy. BCX is committed to the digital transformation of South Africa and data science skills are essential to propelling this nation forward. I am excited for these gifted data scientists to become ambassadors of the BCX vision and enhance our operations with their unique problem-solving skills.”
There is an estimated global shortfall of two million data scientists. Likewise, there is huge demand for these skills within corporate South Africa, which far outweighs current supply. The Explore Data Science Academy’s goal is to address this shortfall while empowering South Africans to succeed in this field.
Shaun Dippnall, co-founder of the Explore Data Science Academy, said, “When we launched this programme last year we could only dream of the response from South Africans. We had over 7 500 applicants for 100 open slots. Students were chosen for the course based solely on their aptitude in an online assessment that measured the applicants’ ability to think critically. The diversity of this class shows that diverse backgrounds lead to more creative thinking and problem solving.”
Once the students complete the year-long course they can join Telkom Group subsidiaries such as BCX or be ceded to partners as interns. The Explore Data Science Academy will open its application pool for candidates for its 2019 class in September.
BCX is changing the way business is done in South Africa. It delivers customer-driven solutions built through disruptive innovation. As a member of the Telkom Group, BCX currently provides technology and infrastructure solutions for most of JSE-listed companies, helping to move the economy forward. To find out more about BCX, visit www.bcx.co.za
About Explore Data Science Academy
Cape Town-based Explore Data Science Academy is believed to be the first institution in the country focused on data science. The Academy is the brainchild of founders Shaun Dippnall, Dave Strugnell and Aidan Helmbold, all highly qualified data scientists with actuarial qualifications and experience in lecturing, research and consulting. The Academy provides a one-year Accredited Skills Programme, which is free, practical, has real-world relevance and provides work experience.
The course is open to anyone with aptitude. Applicants for the 2019 intake must pass an online aptitude test available on http://www.explore-datascience.net/home/who
The Explore Data Science Academy is based at the Bandwidth Barn in Cape Town’s Woodstock suburb. BCX has signed up as founder sponsor of the Academy offering a minimum of 300 internships for the Accredited Skills Programme over the next three years.