Andela and Big Data University, an IBM initiative that aims to train 1 million data scientists around the world in the next ten years, have teamed up to extend the training across Africa.
Andela is an African company that specializes in identifying and training tech developers across the continent and pair them with companies as full time distributed team members.
Andela cited in a blog post that according to a recent Glassdoor report, data science is the most lucrative career in tech. The median salary for a Data Scientist in the U.S. is a cushy $116,000, and there are over 1,700 open jobs.
‘’It makes total sense — as businesses of all kinds are overloaded by massive amounts of data, data scientists are essential to sift through the noise and uncover insights that power smart business decisions’’, according to Andela.
Big Data University, which launched last year, offers free courses about big data and databases. Each course is followed by a knowledge assessment, and if you pass it, you earn a certificate of achievement from IBM that you can show off at your next job interview, Andela said.
The company said that two of its developers joined IBM in January to build out the Big Data University site and course management platform, and that an additional two are ‘on-boarding’ this month.
Through the official partnership, Andela is helping IBM tap into tech communities across Africa to recruit future data scientists on the continent, according to the company.
Registration for the programme is ongoing on the Big Data University website.