Accenture has announced the return of its award-winning Women in Data Science Accelerator for the second year. The six-week evening programme is free to attend and combines industry-led lectures, hands-on workshops and career guidance to help women become successful leaders in data science.
The aim of this programme is to build and develop the data science capabilities of women who already hold applied data skills or have broader numerical experience and are interested in the field. Participants will get the opportunity to network with other women pursuing data science careers and learn from Accenture experts in the field. Accenture STEM research published in December 2019 highlighted that 85% of girls in school are very inspired by role models, reinforcing the importance of women working in STEM careers, such as data science, that younger girls can look up to.
30 women will be selected to participate in the six-week programme hosted at The Dock, Accenture’s flagship R&D and Global Innovation Centre in Dublin’s Silicon Docks. The curriculum consists of a blend of modules that will help participants build their data science skillsets and further their professional development. There will also be a collaborative practical project throughout the six weeks.
Sessions will run for two hours, one evening per week in a classroom environment, with an additional 2-4 hours weekly focused on the practical project in the participant’s own time. The programme will provide a unique insight into the day-to-day work of in the field of data science while at the same time offering great networking opportunities with Accenture’s experienced data scientists and digital leaders.
Commenting on the launch of the 2020 programme, Oonagh O’Shea, Women in Data Science Programme MD Sponsor, said: “The accelerator is a great opportunity for participants to upskill, collaborate and network with fellow and aspiring data scientists to help further their careers. I am deeply proud of the success of the programme last year. The commitment of our people to develop this resulted in Accenture winning the Analytics Institute’s 2019 ‘Diversity in Analytics Award’. The feedback from last year’s participants has been really overwhelming so I am delighted that we are running the programme again this year.”
Following the inaugural six-week accelerator in 2019, 82% of participants felt more equipped to make a career move into data science after the programme, while 100% of participants would recommend it to other women.
To find out more and to register interest, visit www.accenture.com/WomenInData. The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday, 31st January 2020. Participants will be notified of their acceptance into the programme by 12th February 2020. It will begin on Wednesday 19th February 2020 and run for six weeks, until Wednesday 25th March 2020.
In 2019, Accenture in Ireland was awarded ‘Diverse Company of The Year’ at the annual Women in Tech Awards and ‘Employer of the Year’ at the Women in IT Awards.
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