400 FREE DATA SCIENCE INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR 2019
2019 registrations open as the Explore Data Science Academy expands intake, opens campus in Gauteng, to meet corporate demand
Cape Town, July 9th, 2017 – The Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA) has announced 400 free internships for its 12-month Accredited Skills Data Science Programme in 2019. The announcement coincides with the opening today of registrations for next year’s intake. The Cape Town-based academy will also open a campus in Gauteng next year to accommodate its expanding student base.
Commenting on the announcement, EDSA co-founder Shaun Dippnall said: “We opened the Academy in January this year with 100 interns. Growing local demand for data scientists, however, has propelled us to quadruple the number of internships offered in 2019.”
“These internships are sponsored by South African corporates drawn largely from the ICT, banking, insurance and retail sectors, which are leading the application of data science in their businesses to leverage competitive advantage,” Dippnall added.
BCX is a founding partner of EDSA, having injected R50-million into the training of 300 interns over three years. The investment has largely been fuelled by the growing demand for big data analytics and BCX’s recognition of the need for this skillset within the country.
“Data analytics is a field with the potential to grow the South African economy to new heights. At BCX, we believe data science will allow businesses to make intelligent, data-driven decisions and propel South Africa to become a technology leader as we enter the 4th industrial revolution,” said Portia Maurice, BCX’s Chief Social Impact Officer. “We are proud to be a founding partner of EDSA, and believe that our focused strategy on developing disruptive future digital skills has the capacity to change the lives of many young South Africans.”
“In fact, we expect our efforts in the market to contribute to the overall growth of the ICT sector, which is estimated to be at a market size of R155-billion by 2020,” she added.
Commenting on the decision to expand the EDSA’s current base at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock Cape Town to Gauteng Dippnall said:
“Corporate demand for data science talent has been immense and given that most of our sponsors for our 2019 student intake are Johannesburg based, it makes sense to provide a campus in Gauteng, facilitating the flow of candidates into their businesses.”
“Also, more than half of our current students are not from Cape Town and chose to relocate to be here for the programme.”
BCX again has taken the lead by being the first to sponsor the inaugural intake of students for the Gauteng campus which will open its doors in January 2019.
Dippnall is overjoyed by the progress made by current intake of interns and the proven success of the Academy’s online application process.
No restrictions to entry, nor are formal qualifications required for the one-year Accredited Skills Data Science Programme. Applicants should be between 17 and 35 years of age and must pass a challenging aptitude test on the academy’s website.
Of the 100 interns selected from the over 10 000 who applied for the 2018 intake, 32 were matriculants, with no previous training.
“We have had a 98 percent retention rate, which is extremely high, given the complex and highly technical nature of the course.
“What’s more students have already demonstrated their ability to begin solving real world problems – including an analysis of the water shortages in Cape Town, after just a few months of exposure to data science techniques and tools,” he said.
A team from EDSA was placed third in a recent City of Cape Town-sponsored Hackathon.
Mirroring the workplace
The EDSA Accredited Skills Data Science programme is an agile, digital, peer-to-peer, modern education course that is Seta-accredited and teaches students new economy skills that are not offered on current platforms.
“Our course closely mirrors the demands of the workplace. Included in the curriculum are tools such as Python, PowerBI, SQL and Scikit-learn, which are routinely required when building data science applications. We have also added job immersion and self-paced project work, which both involve team dynamics and interaction,” Dippnall said.
While job placement at the end of the year is not guaranteed, Dippnall is confident that uptake of candidates will be strong given the shortage of skills. Stipends are available to cover the living expenses of successful candidates who are in financial need.
“We are particularly excited to be the first institution to offer a focused, comprehensive and free year-long accredited skills data science programme in the country that builds the relevant digital skills within our youth, so that they can thrive in the new economy,” Dippnall concluded.
For more information on the Explore Data Science Academy, go to www.explore-datascience.net/student
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 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 partner of the Academy offering a minimum of 300 internships for the Accredited Skills Programme over three years.
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