Data Science Accelerator

Programme to help public sector analysts improve their data science and mentoring skills.

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About the programme

The Data Science Accelerator is an opportunity for analysts working in the public sector to develop their data science skills by working with data professionals on a specific project within their organisation.

It is also an opportunity to develop mentoring skills. Mentors work side by side with the participants to provide advice and guidance.

Data science can help you to identify and solve complex business problems.

It uses techniques from a range of scientific and computer science disciplines including statistics, analytics and machine learning. It offers the potential to gain valuable insight and transform decision-making about public services.

The aim of the programme is to increase the use of data science across the public sector in Scotland.

Who can take part 

To be eligible, you need to be working for an organisation which produces Official Statistics. This might be as an: 

  • analyst
  • statistician
  • economist
  • researcher

Or in another position where you are responsible for gathering and interpreting data.

The mentoring role is for people working in the public sector who have some experience in data science approaches but are not necessarily data scientists. For example you may have good programming experience and project delivery skills.

Applications from other public bodies

We will still consider your application if you work for another public body but do not produce Official Statistics 

We will allocate you a place if there is availability.

What you will learn

As a participant in the programme, you will learn a range of technical skills relevant to your project, these could include:

  • version control
  • project management
  • databases
  • creating visualisations and/or dashboards

As a mentor, you will use your knowledge, skills and experience to support participants You will be building your leadership, communication and problem-solving skills.

How to apply

Apply to be a participant

To apply you will need to register with the Scottish Digital Academy.


Apply to be a mentor

To apply to be a mentor you will first need to register with the Scottish Digital Academy.

Length of the project


You will work on your project for 12 weeks for one full day each week.


Mentors will provide approximately half a day of support a week to participants.


If you would like more information about becoming a participant or becoming a mentor please email:

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