Who are we?

The Data Inspiration Group are passionate about building a unique community that inspires young people to consider a career in data. Our dedicated team connects students, their parents/guardians and educators with leading data industry companies and professionals across the UK. We call these our ‘data champions’.

We are excited to present Digdata, a programme of bite-sized, virtual work-experience challenges, live online career panels and classroom resources. Digdata is designed for all students in secondary and tertiary education, as well as teaching staff and career leaders.

We encourage all students – from age 12+ through to university level – to take part and develop their skills and knowledge. By connecting with our data champions from leading brands and services, young people are given the necessary tools to consider a career in data – the world’s fastest growing industry.

It is free to become a Digdata member, and all our activities and resources are 100% free too!

REGISTER NOW to join us and find out more

Who are we?
Who are we?

Who are we?

The Data Inspiration Group are passionate about building a unique community that inspires young people to consider a career in data. Our dedicated team connects students, their parents/guardians and educators with leading data industry companies and professionals across the UK. We call these our ‘data champions’.

We are excited to present Digdata, a programme of bite-sized, virtual work-experience challenges, live online career panels and classroom resources. Digdata is designed for all students in secondary and tertiary education, as well as teaching staff and career leaders.

We encourage all students – from age 12+ through to university level – to take part and develop their skills and knowledge. By connecting with our data champions from leading brands and services, young people are given the necessary tools to consider a career in data – the world’s fastest growing industry.

It is free to become a Digdata member, and all our activities and resources are 100% free too!

REGISTER NOW to join us and find out more

What do we do?

What do we do?

We host live, online educational challenges and career events that inspire young people by offering them the opportunity to engage and interact with relatable role models in the data industry.

The Digdata programme delivers across three educational steps that promote the awareness, knowledge and skills required for a career in data, with all events tailored to the relevant year group.

Digdata steps

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Why are we doing this?

Our world is changing rapidly, and data is at the centre of this transformation. With this comes huge career opportunities across multiple sectors, from fashion through to finance. So whichever area of industry students have a passion for, their data skills will help open doors to a great job and fulfilling career.

And, as data teams increase their roles and influence, the skills they are looking for in prospective employees go beyond numeracy. The industry needs creative problem solvers, inquisitive thinkers and good communicators – skills that are transferrable from all curriculum subjects and that are relevant to multiple industry sectors.

In line with the government plan to ‘level up’ UK employment opportunities, coupled with the national skills shortage of data professionals, the Data Inspiration Group aim to help students upskill and develop their competency. With the right knowledge and skills, students can prepare for an exciting and future-proof career in the data industry.

We believe that inspiring young minds early is essential. Our events and activities encourage fun and creativity while developing students’ confidence, often with a flair that may not ordinarily be associated with STEM or core curriculum-based subjects.

Our vision and ambition to connect education with the data industry will assist in meeting Gatsby benchmarks, where relevance to curriculum-based learning, career advice, and student/employer and employee engagement are met through live forum interaction. Digdata also works in conjunction with the government’s National Data Strategy.

We want students of all backgrounds and academic abilities to know that a career in data is a choice available to them. The Digdata platform will provide students with visibility of the breadth of exciting, well-paid career opportunities – both nationwide and globally – in a sector that has tripled its demand for professionals in the last five years.

To find out more about Digdata, you can get in touch with us here

Why are we doing this?
Why are we doing this?

Why are we doing this?

Our world is changing rapidly, and data is at the centre of this transformation. With this comes huge career opportunities across multiple sectors, from fashion through to finance. So whichever area of industry students have a passion for, their data skills will help open doors to a great job and fulfilling career.

And, as data teams increase their roles and influence, the skills they are looking for in prospective employees go beyond numeracy. The industry needs creative problem solvers, inquisitive thinkers and good communicators – skills that are transferrable from all curriculum subjects and that are relevant to multiple industry sectors.

In line with the government plan to ‘level up’ UK employment opportunities, coupled with the national skills shortage of data professionals, the Data Inspiration Group aim to help students upskill and develop their competency. With the right knowledge and skills, students can prepare for an exciting and future-proof career in the data industry.

We believe that inspiring young minds early is essential. Our events and activities encourage fun and creativity while developing students’ confidence, often with a flair that may not ordinarily be associated with STEM or core curriculum-based subjects.

Our vision and ambition to connect education with the data industry will assist in meeting Gatsby benchmarks, where relevance to curriculum-based learning, career advice, and student/employer and employee engagement are met through live forum interaction. Digdata also works in conjunction with the government’s National Data Strategy.

We want students of all backgrounds and academic abilities to know that a career in data is a choice available to them. The Digdata platform will provide students with visibility of the breadth of exciting, well-paid career opportunities – both nationwide and globally – in a sector that has tripled its demand for professionals in the last five years.

To find out more about Digdata, you can get in touch with us here

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Testimonials

  • Atif Khan - Marketing Science Partner, Facebook
    "It was a pleasure partnering with Digdata on the first series of data challenges. It’s the first time our team has been involved in an initiative like this and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and can’t wait to run these again. Rachel was on hand at all stages to provide us with guidance and to make sure we were building a challenge that was relevant to age groups from 13 all the way up to University students. A huge thank you to all the students who took part, we hope we inspired you to consider a career in data!"
    Atif Khan - Marketing Science Partner, Facebook
  • Alex Brill - Marketing Science Partner, Facebook
    “Hi, I'm Alex and I worked on the "first step" session. It was great to see such a big turnout of enthusiastic, budding future marketing scientists interested in a career working with data. I really enjoyed the challenge of producing work for a different audience and the session itself was fun and full of lots of energy!”
    Alex Brill - Marketing Science Partner, Facebook
  • Kate Hawkshaw - Marketing Science Partner, Facebook
    "Hi, I'm Kate and I worked on the "first step" session. I'd never worked with a group of this age before so the whole experience was a new challenge for me! I had so much fun during the session as everyone was extremely interactive and energetic. Overall, it was great to have the chance to work with so many young and excited data enthusiasts."
    Kate Hawkshaw - Marketing Science Partner, Facebook
  • Pat Hong - Marketing Science Partner, Facebook
    "Hi, I'm Pat and I worked on the "Next Step" session. It was such a great pleasure to see so many young data experts so engaged with the challenge! I really enjoyed the experience of working with the students and sharing what we do at work to an audience so curious and talented! Looking forward to more opportunities like this in the near future"
    Pat Hong - Marketing Science Partner, Facebook
  • Nia, Year 13 - Bloomfield Collegiate
    I find myself coming back to Digdata's career challenges because it is a safe space for me to explore and to further develop my personal qualities. I have participated and enjoyed all challenges so far but the highlight is definitely in the online meetings; the staff team is inspiring, helpful and the student live chat is full of energy and enthusiasm. Through this experience, I have improved self motivation, flexibility, independence and confidence.
    Nia, Year 13 - Bloomfield Collegiate
  • Archie Boswell - Year 4 BSc Maths, Nottingham University
    "I had great fun completing the CACI live online career challenge, it really made me want to pursue this further after university.
    I am definitely going to get involved in the next opportunity available!"
    Archie Boswell - Year 4 BSc Maths, Nottingham University
  • Josh, Year 12
    “I found the challenge quite cool as I was able to use my analysing skills to the test to be able to decide what to do and why.”
    Josh, Year 12
  • Tijah, Year 8
    “I loved it!”
    Tijah, Year 8
  • Jacqueline, Year 1 BSc Computer Science
    “I thoroughly enjoyed interpreting such a large dataset and offering recommendations!”
    Jacqueline, Year 1 BSc Computer Science
  • Katelyn, Year 1 BA French and Spanish
    "Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the BT work experience challenge, I found it very interesting and informative."
    Katelyn, Year 1 BA French and Spanish
  • Scarlett, Year 4 Maths
    “Firstly, I would like to start by saying thank you so much for the BT Step Up Career Challenge session last week -
    I really enjoyed myself and found the content and project very interesting!”
    Scarlett, Year 4 Maths
  • Mohamad, Year 2 BA Business Management
    “Thank you very much to Rachel and the team for this opportunity!”
    Mohamad, Year 2 BA Business Management
  • Claire, Parent of Year 9 student
    “Thank you for a great session. My son really enjoyed taking part in the BT Live Online Career Challenge. It was a fabulous way to gain virtual work experience and had him thinking outside the box. It’s helped him consider a career path that he’s never thought about before, as the skills required for a career in data are so numerous.”
    Claire, Parent of Year 9 student
  • Dan Parr, Vice President, CACI
    “CACI has supported the DigData programme to enable us to reach out to the secondary school age groups. Without realising it, they have the foundations of a data education, but lack the industry framing of what a career in data might entail. In our everyday lives, data affects everything we do, the adverts we see, the products we are offered, online and offline, and the communications we receive. The data industry, especially consumer data, is coming of age now that everyday people are comfortable with their personal data use, in exchange for something return.”
    Dan Parr, Vice President, CACI
  • Jean Panagamuwa, Chief Data Risk Officer, Capital One
    "This is an excellent opportunity for our business to play a part in educating young people about the different job opportunities available to them. Data is used in a broad and varied range of careers and can be daunting for people to look into. This partnership enables us to provide insight and knowledge so students with a wide range of backgrounds and experience can prepare for the future. Digdata has a wealth of knowledge in this area and we are excited to work with them to get more young people thinking about different careers within our industry.”
    Jean Panagamuwa, Chief Data Risk Officer, Capital One
  • Lauren Kahn, Responsible Tech and Human Rights Director
    “BT has a long history of inspiring young people into exciting careers and providing practical support to help them achieve their goals. Now more than ever we are committed to help build a more diverse digital talent pipeline for the UK. There are many intersections where we make a difference; with young people still in school, at uni and those about to enter the workforce. DigData helps us reach young people of different ages and across the UK to excite and inspire them about careers in digital and data.”
    Lauren Kahn, Responsible Tech and Human Rights Director