Helping apprentices lead the field in big data

Anglia Ruskin and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute team up to deliver new training

Anglia Ruskin University and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have received funding to launch a new degree apprenticeship to help address the acute shortage of skilled professionals in a big data sector which is growing by 56,000 jobs a year.

Anglia Ruskin’s Degrees at Work team is working with the Sanger Institute to develop the Data Scientist course for the bioinformatics sector after winning the grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund.

The emergence of big data and its use in biological research has led to a growing need for skilled professionals who can analyse and interpret biological data. Genomics in particular is a growth industry, with Deloitte reporting that the industry will grow by 20 per cent this year.

The degree apprenticeship, to be launched in September 2018, will enable employers to provide in-work training for their employees, improving their skills base and helping to address the needs of the sector.

Anglia Ruskin has been supported in its application by several global companies involved in genetics and computational biology, including Global Gene Corp, Specific Techologies, SciBite, Eagle Genomics, Congenica, and Genomics England.

“Cambridge has a global reputation for excellence in the biotech industry. Anglia Ruskin is delighted to be working in partnership with the prestigious Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute on this innovative degree apprenticeship. We hope this will become a game changer for growing the talent infrastructure for the bioinformatics profession.”

Jon Bouffler Director of Learning and Development Services at Anglia Ruskin

“This area of work is a relatively new occupation and as such, may not be visible to many young people at the beginning of their careers. Already we are seeing a skills shortage in this important area, despite being acutely aware that genomics and biodata offer an incredibly diverse and promising career path for anyone.

“We hope this apprenticeship will help people in search of a rewarding career find an inspiring and fulfilling future.”

Janet Scotcher Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

For further information, contact degreesatwork@anglia.ac.uk

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