Attracting talent and developing skills
How the DEEP data science program attracts and educates tomorrow’s data engineers
DEEP is a one-year education program, focused on data science and data engineering. It’s designed to give data scientists and data engineers a solid base of relevant skills – whether they’re new to the industry, or experienced water management experts.
The process begins with recruitment and selection, identifying what makes a good data scientist or engineer, and attracting them to take part. There’s then a four-week, full-time data science program, followed by ten monthly bootcamps.
During the year, participants work on four assigned data science or engineering projects: two from their own water board, and two from another board on the program. At all times, they get technical assistance, guidance on processes, and one-to-one coaching from Royal HaskoningDHV.
Importantly, participants collaborate and build a network of likeminded data science professionals. This builds links between water boards, so they can continue to share ideas and work together on common issues for years to come.
Program manager Leonie Klaassen of Royal HaskoningDHV says: “Thanks to DEEP, a network of likeminded people has been created in the water board world who can find each other to work together on digital transformation. Each one likes working with data and they all want to make a social contribution.”