SAS hosts Big Data Skills Festival to tackle UK skills gap
20 of UK's Top Employers recruiting at Brunel University for 200 vacant big data positions
SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services is bringing together 20 employers at the leading edge of analytics and 500 university students intrigued by opportunities in the big data profession at its Big Data Skills Festival on October 30 at Brunel University. Students from 22 universities will meet with some of the UK's top employers including Accenture, Aviva Insurance, HSBC, nPower, Nationwide, PwC and HM Revenue & Customs to explore their big data analytics capabilities and about 200 graduate big data vacancies on offer.
The Big Data Skills Festival is aimed at tackling the skills gap and ensuring that employers and students develop the skills, knowledge and connections they need to succeed on the big data stage. The rise of the Information Economy is slated to add £216 billion to the UK economy between 2012-2017, creating a huge number of jobs along the way. However, with nearly three in five businesses already struggling to hire people with these skills, the UK is in danger of missing out.
The Big Data Skills Festival has been designed to show students the power of big data and the career opportunities available, while connecting employers with future talent. Students and employers will participate in a packed schedule with employer presentations bringing real big data developments to life. These talks will explore daily uses of SAS technology from banks predicting patterns of credit card fraud in real-time, to medical researchers mining data to fight cancer and sports scientists identifying and nurturing future gold medal winners.
The presentations will offer students a glimpse of the benefits organisations experience from big data analytics as well as illustrate the exciting projects they could work on. Students will take part in practical workshops to enhance their CVs and practice interview skills, guided by top employers in the field. Universities including Brunel University, Westminster University, Bournemouth University, Warwick Business School, University College London, Queen Mary University London, Manchester Business School, Newcastle University and Southampton University will be hosted at the Hamilton Centre, Brunel University.
SAS UK is committed to developing the skills that will support big data analytics as an enabler of the UK Government's information economy vision, and for the past 15 years has invested more than £6 million a year in providing more than 80 universities across the country with free access to its solutions. At the SAS Careers Fair 2013, hosted by Member of Parliament, Dr Liam Fox, 250 students from 15 universities and 10 employers offering around 100 jobs took part.