New £1m data fund to help businesses harness tech

A new £1m skills and training fund has been opened up to support businesses as they retrain people for future job roles as Scotland transitions to a data-driven economy.

The Scottish Government-backed fund will help small firms to upskill and re-skill their workforces in a range of data analytics, data science, and other data-related activities.

The Data Lab, Scotland’s Innovation Centre for data and AI, will oversee two new funding schemes – Data Skills for Work, and an SME data internship grant – to support further business investment and innovation in the sector.

Data Skills for Work is designed to diversify the workforce by helping adults to upskill and reskill in data to progress in their careers. Initially launched in Edinburgh and south-east Scotland through the City Region Deal, the new funding means up to £100,000 in additional Data Skills Credits can now be rolled out across Scotland to support the small to medium enterprise (SME) workforce to upskill and reskill.

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