The need for data literacy in the mainstream curriculum
As the volume of data available to us as individuals and businesses continues to explode, there is a growing demand for data literacy skills- the ability to read, work with, analyse and argue with data. Currently this demand is not being met and we are in a state of illiteracy. Just one-fifth of 16-24 year olds feel confident in reading and using data, and they are not alone. Only one in four business decision makers deem themselves to be data literate, and under one-third of C-level executives. IDC forecasts a ten-fold increase in worldwide data by 2025, so the need for these skills will continue to grow.
So what can we do to bridge this skills gap? As we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, businesses will need to harness the power of their data to meet their full potential. So schools and universities have a major part to play in empowering their students to succeed in this new era. Curriculums must align to the new skills requirements, so that students are fully prepared for the expectations they will face in the modern day workplace.
At Qlik we are firm believers in the need for data literacy, which is why we launched the Data Literacy Project and the Qlik Academic Program. The Academic Program is open to students and academics at any accredited University globally. The aim of the program is to improve student data literacy and employability by providing free Qlik software and training resources. If you are a University student or academic interested in joining this free program, you can sign up here: https://www.qlik.com/academicprogram