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#MBNSkills initiative places over 70 Scottish university
data students with employers

Working with a variety of organisations across Scotland to ensure the nation’s emerging Data Talent have the best possible start to their careers, Rob Huggins of MBN and his team spent the early part of 2018 on the road. From Aberdeen in the north, to Ayrshire in the south, Rob’s message focused on the importance of ‘Growing Your Own’ Data Talent. For leading public and private sector organisations this has resulted in the creation of more than 70 summer Industrial Placements for students studying data focused post-graduate courses at Scottish Universities.

Prior to working with industry to identify and shape placement projects focusing on areas ranging from Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, through to Predictive Analytics and Behavior Profiling, the MBN Academy team visited Universities to deliver a series of ‘employability sessions’ designed to equip students with the soft skills required to ensure and facilitate their effective transition into full-time employment.

This year’s Programme saw an increase in the number of students placed with industry. Up 63% from the programme’s first year, its success has seen organisations such as Scottish Government, Chevron, Aberdeen Standard, Clydesdale Bank, Sainsbury’s Bank, Scottish Enterprise and Wood MacKenzie work with MBN to offer students an opportunity to learn commercial data skills prior to their graduation later this year.

To access the full article and hear from people we collaborated with, click here.

The DataIQ Awards
MBN Academy were delighted to have been shortlisted for 'Best Diversity in Data Programme' at the prestigious DataIQ Awards that took place on Wednesday 27th June in London. Rob, Georgia and Pete, accompanied by our friends at The Data Lab, Josh and Marian, aboard the Silver Sturgeon boat for an evening of celebrations. Congratulations to Merkle Aquila who won the category.

MBN continue to grow as we welcome another new consultant


Highlighting the increase in demand for our service from both clients and candidates, MBN are delighted to welcome Michael Smith to our team as a Delivery Consultant.

Michael has now completed the MBN Academy training program designed to help create an ‘employer of choice’ proposition to attract new staff and engineered to support development and retention of the very best staff and managers.

We look forward to Michael’s contribution and his future success at MBN.

DMA Scotland Talent Hub place for MBN Solutions Director
Our Director of Academy & Client Services, Rob Huggins, was delighted to accept an invitation from DMA Scotland to contribute to their newly formed Scottish Talent Hub.
The recently appointed Chair of DMA Scotland, Standard Life’s Head of Decisioning Firas Khnaisser, has collaborated with Rob for a number of years on a variety of projects and invited him to contribute his views and opinions on the subject of Talent Engagement within the Scottish Data, Digital and Marketing sectors. Rob joined representatives from a number of Scottish businesses at the first meeting of the Talent Hub at Standard Life’s offices this week where a lively and good natured debate was had around the ways in which DMA Scotland members might contribute to the ongoing dialogue around Scotland’s emerging and established Data, Digital and Marketing talent streams.

Find out more here.

Another day, another MBN anniversary
Our Principal Consultant, Darrel Curren is celebrating 8 years of employment at MBN Solutions this month.

Since joining in 2010, Darrel has performed at a consistently high level across Data Science, Analytics, Digital, IT & emerging technologies such as Blockchain. His current focus includes the management, training and development of consultants, whilst developing key client relationships across the UK.

Darrel is also heavily involved in running MBN’s Scottish Blockchain Meetups and is still a key player in the MBN football team!

Over the years, Darrel has been rewarded in addition to our traditional reward schemes, trips to Ibiza, Marbella and Miami.

Congratulations, Darrel – your commitment and dedication to our team is greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Meetups
Tuesday 3rd July
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