The Data Skills Taskforce (DST) is an independent forum, drawing on best practice from the UK’s leading institutions, comprising of businesses, learned and professional societies, subject matter experts, representatives from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and more.
The DST has several functions to drive impact from key recommendations outlined in the National Data Strategy and AI Council Roadmap across the arenas of skills, data, and AI. Namely, the DST works to identify data skills training gaps in the workforce and address solutions, promote the importance of data skills and analytics at a national level through policy input, and quantify SME training needs among other collaborative projects.
The most recent project involves the launch of the National Data Skills Portal. The Data Skills Portal aims to reduce financial and geographic barriers to access to training, with a particular focus on SMEs that seek to support business development and value creation from data. The DST continues to work as a collective on creative solutions to break down the barriers for data science use with SMEs and the wider workforce across the UK.
The DST is convened by the Skills and Training Team within The Alan Turing Institute. If you are interested in collaborating and/or have any queries regarding their current projects, please contact the secretariat at [email protected].