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Completed in a partnership with The Data Lab – Scotland’s Innovation Centre for data and AI, MBN Solutions announces the successful completion of its third year placing MSc Graduates of data topics into high performing data enabled Scottish Organisations.

With 100 students placed this year, the running total for MBN’s involvement in the last 3 years stands at over 220 students placed.

Built on a platform of genuine domain expertise, exceptional knowledge of the data talent market and an unparalleled passion to help Scottish organisations to develop competitive advantage through data, MBN describes its success as being deeply rooted in old school people skills.

Robin Huggins, Director of Client Services for MBN Solutions said “at a time when technology seems to dominate, we focused on the notion that people buy people and adopted traditional techniques to surface organisations with exciting opportunities for what has been our largest and perhaps most impressive cadre of graduate data scientists”

Huggins continued “… our approach went beyond traditional people solutions and focused on engaging our deep knowledge of the data, insight and AI marketplaces to ensure that we could place the most appropriate candidates available in businesses where they could make a genuine difference”.

MBN have developed several proprietary techniques to help identify and match MSc graduates to project opportunities within placement organisations and this, coupled with their approach to old school matching talent to need is what delivers the MBN difference

Gillian Docherty OBE, CEO of The Data Lab stated “We have been working with MBN Solutions for the last three years to help us identify and place fantastically talented Data Scientists and Engineers in Industry and in the Public Sector as well as delivering and supporting MetaSkills training for the Masters Cohort.”

Docherty continued “Every year MBN has increased the placements and we are delighted to see the breadth and depth of organisations now exploring the use of data to drive value in Scotland. Working with MBN Solutions has been a fantastic experience and we look forward to see what we can achieve in the future.”

The Data Lab and MBN have created a successful model to match candidates from the MSc programme with the right businesses and the right projects. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by the wider business community in Scotland.

Lorraine Bryce, Data Research & Development Manager at RBS PBB commented “For the last two years, we have had the pleasure in working with the MBN Academy on the MSc program, offering students placements in our data team here in RBS.   We had such a positive experience last year, managing to secure two students as permanent members of our team, that we decided to go for it again this year and give three students an opportunity to do their dissertations with us.”

Bryce continued, “We have enjoyed watching all the students flourish and seeing them start their data career journeys by working on some real projects for us. And what’s more, we’ve also enjoyed watching them teach our own permanent members of the team some new data skills too, which was a bonus! The team at MBN make the recruitment and matching process so easy and it really is a great way of test-driving new talent”.

With the massive growth in the exploitation of data and at a time when many ethical questions are asked about trust, privacy and security of data, MBN observed an impressive trend in candidates being very interested in the corporate values of the organisations in which they were being placed.

Michael Young, Chief Executive of MBN stated “Data Talent in Scotland demonstrates impressive traits when it comes to their ethical outlook. We most frequently hear this at our regular Data Science and Technology meetups across Scotland.  We believe this is great news for organisations seeking inquisitive and balanced data scientists to help solve the most complex data challenges they face.”

MBN’s own research also indicates a modest improvement in gender diversity of graduates wanting to be placed through the programme over the last two years.   This is a trend that MBN is helping to improve further through its programme of data events by encouraging more women in data to participate as speakers and panellists and by helping to foster informal mentoring activities.

Paul Forrest, Chair of MBN said “Scotland’s data sector benefits from better female representation than elsewhere in Europe but to improve overall we must continue to create a culture where access, ambition and progression is encouraged by business and academia alike. We continue to both lead and support initiatives and ventures that further enhance this and encourage others to do the same”.

Forrest continued, “Over the course of the next year our events programme will see us continue to focus on this with enhanced opportunities for all to participate in structured networking activities to help identify a new generation of women in data role models and mentors.

MBN’s commitment to ethics and diversity is a theme candidates and organisations can expect to hear more of as it continues to promote Scotland as the global hub for the best in data science.

Young concluded “As CEO of MBN, I take great pride in what we have achieved in our relationship with The Data Lab. However, I am even more proud of the culture we have created within MBN that means we take issues of ethics and gender seriously.  I look forward to the future knowing that we will continue to take an important role in cementing Scotland’s global reputation as the place to be for the best in morally robust data talent”.