Earlier this month, Qlik’s Chief Learning Officer Kevin Hanegan was featured in FE News- the Education and Employability news channel for the future of education in the UK. Here Kevin discusses the need to prepare students for the data driven workforce, by ensuring that they have the opportunity to become data literate. Data literacy is the ability to read, work with, analyse and argue with data. It is vital to train students in this area at the University level, to address the global skills gap the we are currently facing, and ultimately to enable businesses to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution.
Of course, within a University institution it’s not just students who need to upskill in this area. Teaching staff and careers departments also need to be trained, in order to impart the knowledge to students. And Data literacy should not just be confined to the classroom. Students from all subject areas must be able to access this type of training through extra-curricular programs and awards frameworks.
A great example of this is Birmingham City University’s Graduate+ Programme. This extracurricular awards framework complements student’s degrees and prepares them to become well-rounded future graduates. The Qlik Academic Program is now offered as part of this award scheme, highlighting the importance to students of gaining analytics skills, to be prepared for their future careers.
The Qlik Academic Program offers free analytics software, training resources and qualifications to University students and academics globally. The program caters to both in-class and independent learning, allowing analytics to either be easily integrated in to the curriculum or to be self-studied. And with all of the materials available through our e-learning platform, the program is perfectly set up to help Universities during this time of distance learning that we are currently experiencing.
If you are a student or an academic at an accredited University who would like to join the free program you can sign up today by visiting: qlik.com/academicprogram. Or if you would like more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.