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The official launch has taken place of a pioneering alliance among leading partners to develop Exeter’s next generation of data scientists, as Exeter recently named among the top 10 cities for future tech hubs.

The Exeter Data Information Science Collaborative (E-DISC) brings together leading city organisations to develop the city’s technical data analytical skills for the future.

Under the collaboration, organisations such as the Met Office, Exeter College, Exeter City Futures, Exeter City Council, University of Exeter and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust are taking part in a new Data Analytics Apprenticeship scheme.

Each partner is passionate about the use of data analytics and information science and committed to developing essential technical skills and talent to meet priority skills gaps.

The new Data Analytics Apprenticeship offers a unique training opportunity in the Greater Exeter area where apprentices will not only follow the new standards in Data Analytics, but they will also come together as a group and collaborate to use their skills to address city-wide challenges at the Exeter City Futures Hub.

This innovative venture is another fantastic achievement for Exeter, and demonstrates its commitment to establishing itself as an analytical city. E-DISC will help to boost the analytical skills of our young citizens and provide them with the essential tools that unlock their capability for making change locally.

– Glenn Woodcock, Exeter City Futures CEO and Founder


Rob Bosworth, Vice Principal, Exeter College, said: “This is part of a much broader skills escalator scheme, where the University and the College is driving the digital and data skills agenda and creating an ecosystem of technically trained information scientists.

The recent tech hubs analysis shows that Exeter is identified as being one of the top 10 cities for tech vacancies, with one in five vacancies in Devon being tech based over the last year.”

The launch of this ground-breaking initiative took place at the home of Exeter City Futures, Southernhay West, on Wednesday, February 7th.