SKILLS BOOTCAMP DELIVERS 12 NEW DATA ENGINEERS FOR INDIGITAL
Jaguar Land Rover
Growing our skills in the digital space will be key to Jaguar Land Rover achieving our ambition of becoming a truly data driven, digitally powered business.
Developing our people is always important, but if you consider the current hyper-competitive job market and UK digital skills gap, you’ll see just how vital it is that we are all given the opportunity to become the future digital experts that our business needs.
For some, that will mean learning data skills that help you make better informed decisions in your current roles, but for others it may mean taking up new opportunities to make a move into specialist digital careers.
For 12 of our colleagues in the InDigital team, this isn’t just a theory, it’s exactly what they’re doing as they become the first cohort to complete the Data Engineers bootcamp. A course that once completed will allow them to take up new roles as Data Engineers at Jaguar Land Rover.
"Last year as part of our Refocus programme we created InDigital, a centre of excellence to bring together data and digital experts to help power our transformation," said John Holderness, InDigital's Data Engineering Manager.
“With a surge of digital projects, we’ve faced a real challenge to ensure we have enough skilled people in place to help deliver the rapid changes we require.
“That’s why we’ve been so excited with the results of our collaboration with the Learning Academy’s Capability and Technical Excellence team through a Data Engineer conversion bootcamp that has delivered 12 talented and enthusiastic data engineers who are already making great contributions in their new roles.”
DIVERSE APPLICANTS, SHARED INTERESTS.
The initial recruitment phase brought together a diverse group of applicants from across the business. Each with varying levels of programming experience but a shared interest in data software development.
The first part of the bespoke was a six week’s full-time course, delivered by a specialist digital provider Accenture that focused on teaching the foundations of programming and data engineering.
The second phase, now well underway, lasts six months and as we speak participants are currently spending time learning on the job inside the InDigital team and attending monthly classroom-based sessions to broaden their learning.
Come the end of the course the team will have developed a wide range of data engineering concepts and will have implemented a real-life data engineering pipeline solution, putting them in a great position to begin their future careers as Data Engineers for Jaguar Land Rover.
FROM VEHICLE ENGINEER TO DATA ENGINEER: RORY'S STORY
Rory Donaldson, one of our soon to be Data Engineers got into coding during the first UK lockdown in April 2020. “I was supposed to be on a holiday to Vietnam, but Covid put paid to that, so instead I enrolled into a basic Open University course to give me something to do in my week off,” said Rory.
“At the time I was working as a Vehicle Engineer doing testing for SVO and I soon realised I could use my newfound basic programming skills to automate some of my workload and really realised then benefits it could bring to my role.
“I’d started doing more coding outside work, putting together a data driven Rugby stats website that attracted 50,000 plus users and it was that point I started to wonder if data engineering was something I could pursue as a full-time career.”
Shortly after, Rory attended an open day event with the Data Engineering Team which lead to his enrolment in the conversion course and from that point on his coding skills really accelerated.
“I was amazed how quickly I developed from that point onward,” he added. “My technical skills have progressed to a point I’m now doing things I wouldn’t have thought possible when I first started.
“It’s been a great to be part of a group that’s really supported each other throughout the bootcamp, and the course has certainly given all of us a strong foundation to push on from. A huge thanks to our coaches and my new InDigital teammates who have been supportive throughout.”
NEXT STEP? TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE.
So, what’s next?
Rory is currently working as part of a team of Data Engineers who are helping to deliver the new Vehicle Data Model, an enabler that will deliver a range of new data functionality for Jaguar Land Rover.
His bootcamp colleagues are also all embedded into InDigital teams too, already contributing to a variety of exciting digital projects, all delivering transformational benefits to our business.
The success of the bootcamp course to fill much sought after skills has been clear for all to see, and the Learning Academy team are currently working on next steps to expand the programme into other digital areas.