Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / M&S, Decoded join hands to create retail data academy

M&S, Decoded join hands to create retail data academy

02
Aug '18
Courtesy: Decoded
Courtesy: Decoded
Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Decoded have joined hands to create the world’s first Data Academy in retail. The M&S Data Academy will take colleagues – over 1000 - from every function of retail - from store managers and visual merchandisers to finance and buying - and create a new raft of data skilled leaders to lead digital transformation across the business.

The launch of the new academy bolsters the ongoing transformation of M&S, which is seeking to place digital at the heart of its business.

The leadership team will embark on a Data Leadership programme, enabling them to get hands-on with technology such as machine learning and artificial intelligence to become the most data-literate leadership team in retail.

M&S colleagues will have the opportunity to enrol on the Data Fellowship, an 18 month in-work data science skills programme. Participants will learn to harness the most cutting-edge data analytics tools such as “R” and “Python” and adopt technologies such as machine learning. Learners will finish the programme with a Data Analytics qualification accredited by the British Computing Society.

The Data Fellowship is fully funded by the Apprenticeship Levy, the billion pound fund created by the government to help upskill the UK workforce to be ready for the Future of Work.

Steve Rowe, chief executive said: “This is our biggest digital investment in our people to date and the creation of the M&S Data Academy will upskill colleagues and provide them with an in-depth level of digital literacy as well as a Data Analytics qualification. Transformation of our business is key to survival and a huge part of this lies with our colleagues. We need to change our digital behaviours, mindsets and our culture to make the business fit for the digital age and our partnership with Decoded will enable us to do this.”

Kathryn Parsons, founder of Decoded: “We are proud to be working with one of the UK’s most iconic brands in retail and excited to be putting data literacy and skills in the hands of over 1,000 people. This is a pioneering and inspiring commitment to lifelong learning and future-facing skills. Every leader in business today should take note. Education is the answer to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” (SV)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


Must ReadView All

Pic: Clariant

Textiles | On 15th Jul 2020

PolyOne buys colour masterbatch businesses of Clariant

PolyOne Corporation, a global provider of specialised polymer...

Pic: Thiti Sukapan / Shutterstock.com

Apparel/Garments | On 15th Jul 2020

Japan's clothing imports down 6.2% in 2019-20

Japan’s imports of clothing and accessories decreased by 1.5 per cent ...

Pic: CGS

Retail | On 15th Jul 2020

US, UK buyers ready to pay more for sustainability: survey

The United Kingdom is home to more eco-friendly consumers, but both...

Interviews View All

Top executives, Textile industry

Top executives
Textile industry

GST has levelled the playing field to an extent

Top executives, Textile industry, India

Top executives
Textile industry, India

Such fairs are a must for industry to showcase new innovations

Karel Williams, Dow Microbial Control

Karel Williams
Dow Microbial Control

'Silvadur is most rapidly adopted in areas where hygiene-conscious and...

Atul Mittal,

Atul Mittal

Established in 1997, Pratibha Syntex produces over 60 million pieces of...

Erik Sy,

Erik Sy

Manila-based CustomThread is a start-up offering premium custom apparel...

Boban Charly,

Boban Charly

Bierrebi designs and manufactures automatic machines that cut fabric into...

Mohammad Hassan, Biax Fiberfilm

Mohammad Hassan
Biax Fiberfilm

About one in every 20 patients picks up an infection while hospitalised....

Pranesh Sridharan & Berndt Koll, Lenzing

Pranesh Sridharan & Berndt Koll
Lenzing

The Lenzing Group produces Lenzing Lyocell and Modal cellulosic fibres of...

Justin Gutierrez, INDA

Justin Gutierrez
INDA

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) has created a new...

Anisha Chaudhari, Threads & Shirts

Anisha Chaudhari
Threads & Shirts

Threads & Shirts is a freshly-tailored concept providing men/women a...

Madhu Jain, Madhu Jain

Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain

She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and...

Cigdem Akin, Cigdem Akin

Cigdem Akin
Cigdem Akin

She has carved a niche for herself as the national brand of Turkey. Her...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


July 2020

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Advanced Search