SAS STEP recognised with Learning Technologies Award

The SAS STEP Programme has claimed a Bronze Award for the Best Learning Technologies Project (Commercial Sector). The awards are highly sought-after and recognise the commitment, enthusiasm and passion for learning technologies across the world.

Finalists were selected by an independent judging panel of experts organised by the eLearning Network, with the winners named at the Learning Technologies Awards 2021 in London. The SAS STEP Programme was up against 12 other shortlisted entries in this category.

Global analytics leader SAS, which supplies advanced data analytics to 90% of the top 100 Fortune companies, launched the SAS STEP Programme in the UK and Ireland earlier this year. It is a free digital learning programme to aid post-pandemic economic recovery by training people in much sought-after data skills, with the aim of finding them employment. It comprises four learning pathways and a foundational data literacy pathway, along with a data analyst and data science course, are already available. A data engineering pathway will be released next year.

Mark Penton, event organiser, said: “Winning a Learning Technologies Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the industry. Considering the additional pressures everyone has been under this last year, it's all the more special to be able to recognise the efforts of learning professionals.”

Roderick Crawford, VP & Country Manager, SAS UK & Ireland, said: “It’s fantastic to see the SAS STEP Programme recognised with another award this year, as it’s an initiative we’re extremely proud of. It is a concept that our own employees came up with when challenged on how SAS could support economic recovery from the COVID pandemic.

“SAS’ origins are in education plus we already have excellent digital learning content, so we were well placed to deliver this. We have seen some great examples already of how the programme has benefited people and we want to make sure as many people as possible not only acquire these important data skills, but make use of them to find employment.”

You can find out more about the SAS STEP programme at

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