Tableau Software announced new partnerships aimed at helping people more easily acquire data analytics skills needed for today’s workforce. Lynda.com, a LinkedIn company, is a leader in online learning with over 4,400 courses in business, technology and creative categories, and Pluralsight, a global leader in online learning for more than three million technology professionals, have partnered with Tableau to train virtually anyone in data analytics.

In addition, Tableau is partnering with Udacity, an online education company focused on getting jobs for students with over four million taking its courses, and General Assembly (GA), the global education company that specializes in the most in-demand skills, to offer deeper training skills to current and future expert data scientists.

Demand for data analytics skills has risen globally and employers seek to hire data driven people. In fact, the business social network LinkedIn listed Statistical Analysis and Data Mining as the number two skill in their list of the “25 Professional Skills That Will Be Hot in 2016,” and a joint study from Burning Glass Technologies and General Assembly reported demand for data science skills has tripled over the past five years. To address the skills gap, Tableau, Lynda.com and Pluralsight are working together to upskill those without a background in data analytics:

  • Lynda.com is developing Tableau training material targeted at data science practitioners as well as for those entering the field, especially in transition from other IT careers.
  • Pluralsight teaches in-demand skills including Tableau from industry experts with real-world experience in data analytics.

“These partnerships are a continuation of our mission to help people see and understand their data,” said Elissa Fink, Chief Marketing Officer at Tableau. “Lynda.com and Pluralsight share our vision to empower everyone to learn valuable data analytics skills to help them be successful in their careers, no matter what role they have in the organisation.”

JY Pook, Senior Vice President, APAC, Tableau (1)
JY Pook

Expert data analysts are also in high demand. “According to the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, we are expecting a shortage of nearly 30,000 information technology professionals, including data professionals, within the next year. As Singapore continues to strive towards being the first Smart Nation, more than ever before, we will need people with skills to analyze and actualise data. Tableau’s newly established learning partnerships will be fitting for people here as they can empower themselves with data analytics skills through the training available,” said JY Pook, Senior Vice President, APAC, Tableau.

“Our Machine Learning and Data Analyst Nanodegree programs are some of the most popular among our students. That’s why one of our top priorities is to ensure students master the necessary skills to ‘be in demand’ for the data jobs most needed by today’s leading companies,” said Zhalisa Clarke, Vice President, Business Development at Udacity.

Tableau is partnering with Udacity and General Assembly to fill this growing demand:

  • Udacity is developing course content with Tableau related to data infrastructure and data visualization to help students advance in their careers as data engineers, data analysts and beyond.
  • General Assembly developed a full-time data science course, in partnership with Tableau: Data Science Immersive. The new three-month course will train the next generation of data scientists on core topics including statistics, data modeling and programming as well as Tableau to teach data visualization, exploration and analysis. With a job placement rate of 99 percent for their full-time graduates, GA’s Data Science Immersive will prepare students for entry- and mid-level jobs such as financial analysts, data scientists and marketing analysts.

“Data has become democratised – in part, by companies like Tableau – making it possible to obtain a data-driven role without a PhD in statistics,” said Jake Schwartz, General Assembly co-founder and CEO. “Students can feel confident about a curriculum that not only draws from the expertise of an industry leader like Tableau but also incorporates our global career services program, which will set students up for success outside of the classroom and on the job.”