International Accelerator Programme – Call for mentees

This is a project based mentoring programme and as a mentee you’ll need to submit a data science project on which you’ll potentially collaborate with a designated mentor.

The deadline for returning mentee applications is Monday 22nd August 2022 and we hope to contact successful applicants by Friday 2nd September 2022.

Please return all applications to geanina.watkins@ons.gov.uk

Who we are looking for

  • Enthusiastic individuals who:
  1. Are currently working in an analytical role within a National Statistics Organisation
  2. Interested in improving their data science skills and potentially becoming a data scientist in the future
  3. Can identify a challenge or problem within their business area that would benefit from a data science solution
  4. Enjoy working with others
  5. Are willing to accept guidance and support to aid their own development
  •  Individuals who can commit one day per week to work on their data science project for the duration of the 12-week cohort.

You must have line management and senior leadership approval to participate in the mentoring programme.

There is no cost for your participation in this programme.

What can you gain from becoming a mentee?

We’ve collected a lot of positive feedback from mentees who have been part of our programme pilot (September –December 2021). Here’s what they had to say about the benefits this programme can bring:

  • it is a great opportunity to develop data science knowledge and skills
  • you work with and learn from experienced data scientists on an international scale
  • it allows you to explore reproducible data science solutions to produce powerful tools for generating routine statistics, freeing up valuable resources at your NSO
  • it provides useful experience of rapid project implementation and Agile working practices
  • it expands your professional network internationally
  • it helps improve data science capability at your NSO

We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity and we hope the information provided will inspire you to join our virtual international data science mentorship programme.

Find the application form here

Please get in touch if you have any questions relating to the programme at International.Data.Science.Accelerator.Programme@ons.gov.uk