Natwest Launches Data Academy that Aims to Train Staff Members in Understanding & Harnessing Data

UK banking group NatWest announced on Wednesday it has launched its Data Academy will offer a wide range of training, courses, and qualifications that will cover all levels of data proficiency. According to NatWest, the academy is opened to all of the bank’s 70,000 employees and those enrolled will gain experience points and budgets to chart their profess while more advance courses will be professionally accredited. Specific courses include Data Fundamentals, Data Science, Data Architecture & Data Engineering, Decision Science and Data Governance & Ethics as well as Performance Insight.

“With data now considered the fuel for innovation, the move is central to both the bank’s digital transformation and realising the full potential of a wide range of cutting edge technologies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning. Importantly, the academy will give staff the tools and training to serve customers better by offering more tailored, personalised products and services that best fit people’s financial needs.”

While sharing more details about the academy, Frank Meere, Director of Data at NatWest, stated:

“I’m thrilled that we are opening the NatWest Data Academy – a first for a UK bank. This is another important step towards building a bank that gives our staff the tools to innovate and create services and products that our customers really value.”

NatWest went on to add that the academy compliments the data innovation research unit opened in November at the Bayes Centre in Edinburgh University that aims to stimulate ideas that will improve customer experience at the bank, and help establish a data-driven culture of innovation.
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