Students and professionals can train in practical data science and artificial intelligence skills in as little as three months under a new partnership between RMIT University and the Institute of Data, a career services provider that boasts a 90 per cent job success rate.

From mid-September a new short-form industry training program will be offered to prepare students and re-train professionals for Data Science or Artificial Intelligence jobs, under the partnership announced today.

“The launch of the shorter, targeted training courses fit the needs of both the growing tech sector and the increasing number of local job seekers, many of whom are looking to quickly upskill or reskill to improve their potential employability,” said Andrew Campbell, Executive Director at the Institute of Data (pictured above).

Campbell said the current COVID-19 pandemic is creating new employment challenges and disrupting a job market already in flux. He said Melburnians in particular are under pressure, with the city having moved to stage 4 lockdowns on Sunday and unemployment rising. 

“Our message to them is simple; there is hope, there are great jobs out there, we just need to train or re-train for them. There simply may never be a better time for that than now.

“Our full-time industry training courses with RMIT will take just three months. They are designed with a singular focus on helping course participants make industry connections and develop the practical skills and portfolio of work necessary to land a job in the industry.”

According to the Institute of Data’s website, its programs have a 90 per cent “job success rate” – the percentage of graduates who “commence paid or unpaid work, transition their current role or start a new business in the area of training (data analytics/cybersecurity/data-driven marketing) after completing the Job Outcomes Program”.

RMIT says partnering with organisations like the Institute of Data helps it deliver education fit for an evolving job market.

“Partnering with organisations like the Institute of Data ensures our students gain the right skills, knowledge and experience to succeed in the future of work,” said James Harland, Associate Dean, Student Experience, Professor of Computational Logic and Director, Virtual Experiences Laboratory (VxLab) at RMIT School of Science.

“Together, we can combine world-class training and student support services with deep Australian industry expertise, to ensure that students graduates entering rapidly-evolving fields like AI and Data Science can offer compelling value to employers from day one.”  

Graduates of the new program who go onto either the Master of Data Science or Master of Analytics programs at RMIT can receive credit for two courses.

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