York University Helps Employers Quickly Respond to One of Canada’s Largest Talent Shortages
With access to more data than ever before, businesses are facing a serious shortage of experts who know how to properly analyze it. York University’s School of Continuing Studies is pioneering a unique solution to this challenge.
York has launched two new certificates, the Certificate in Big Data Analytics and the Certificate in Advanced Data Science and Predictive Analytics that will prepare graduates to enter this growing job market in just six months.
One of the largest talent shortages in Canada, big data opportunities are exploding in every sector. The Greater Toronto Area is at the centre of this talent gap. Employers report that they cannot find qualified candidates and are heavily investing in re-training their workforce. In 2016, more than 60% of Canadian executives planned to add professionals trained in the field to their teams. Researchers estimate 150,000 data analytics professionals are needed to fill roles in Canada.
“Today more than ever, analytics play a crucial role in creating a positive customer experience,” says Roland Merbis, director of customer insights and analytics at Scotiabank. “As a member of the program’s advisory council, I look forward to working with York University to help establish an analytics program that will set students up for success and close the skills gap for employers.”
Both Certificates are delivered online with bi-weekly evening computer labs using leading software applications.The Certificate in Big Data Analytics provides a foundational overview of the field, focusing on how to use the data to identify opportunities and solutions to organizational challenges. This Certificate will benefit those who are new to the field along with specialists in other fields who want to confidently leverage big data to excel in their sector.
The Certificate in Advanced Data Science and Predictive Analytics will build on foundational knowledge to prepare graduates to take on Data Analyst or Business Analyst roles and to pursue the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) designation, the premier global professional certification for analytics practitioners.
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