CORE Skills unveils Data Science industry skills collaboration

CORE CEO Tamryn Barker

CORE Skills has announced that Rio Tinto and ATCO will be foundation collaborators supporting its 2018 Geoscientist to Data Scientist industry skills pilot program.

Partnerships with the foundation collaborators will create new value for the resources sector via demand-led, transformative content, according to CORE.

Joining industry collaborators Rio and ATCO will be CSIRO Data61, Curtin University and The University of Western Australia from academia.

Perth-based CORE Skills is the professional learning and development strand of the CORE Innovation Hub portfolio.

“We are inspired to forge smarter upskilling pathways to enable lifelong learners to remain adaptable and valuable,” skills catalyst and pilot lead, Dr Sophie Hancock, said.

“We at CORE Skills believe that combining existing domain knowledge and company context with the right new skills will significantly empower individuals and their organisations to create and capitalise on new opportunities.”

In establishing CORE Skills as the go-to connecting hub for a new community of practice, the program will support the growth of data sciences within the resources and energy sector.

Encouraged by the industry collaborators’ embrace of the opportunity to prepare their workforce for digital and data capable roles, CORE Innovation Hub CEO Tamryn Barker noted, “The data science skills shortage is urgent, and already impacting the mining and energy industry at a challenging rate of change and uncertainty.”

CORE enables operators, suppliers, researchers, entrepreneurs and startups to connect and collaborate with one another.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore Chief Executive Chris Salisbury said the company was excited to be part of the innovative resources sector skilling collaboration.

“The CORE Skills pilot program speaks to our commitment to further develop our people and build on key competencies required for our business now and in the future. The program will help our people learn, innovate and share knowledge within agile and tailored programs,” Salisbury said.