EdTech specialist Multiverse launches data degree-level apprenticeships

Multiverse, an EdTech start-up offering an alternative to university and corporate training through apprenticeships, has launched a degree-level apprenticeship in partnership with New College of the Humanities (NCH).

Co-founded in 2016 by Euan Blair (pictured), son of former UK prime minister Tony Blair, and Sophie Adelman as WhiteHat, Multiverse is currently based in London but will soon begin expanding across the UK, starting with Leeds. It has also opened an office in New York in January this year.

As the demand for data skills grows exponentially in the UK, according to research by Accenture, 74% of businesses reported feeling overwhelmed when working with data.

To tackle this challenge, Multiverse says the Advanced Data Fellowship will empower apprentices to develop their skills in data analysis and data science, while adding value to the businesses they’re working in. Apprentices will also build core capabilities in areas like statistical testing, data ethics, predictive modelling and data security.

In the Spring Budget at the beginning of March, the government raised the cash incentives to £3k for employers who take on apprentices – whatever their age – in their bid to create 40,000 more traineeships with the new investment.

Blair told Recruiter: “We’ve had over a hundred thousand applications for our recent tech and digital apprenticeships and some of the most talented people in the country are pursuing this route. It’s great to see apprenticeships playing a central role in the government’s thinking.”

He added: “Apprenticeships provide an excellent route to some of the best careers in tech and professional services, and are now an outstanding alternative to the best universities. By backing the employers creating more apprenticeships, these incentives should support firms to tackle critical skills gaps and help power the economic recovery.”

And with more young people turning to apprenticeships, Blair said: “Last year we hit a milestone in getting our 100,000th application. Apprenticeships are the single best way to hire diverse early talent, as well as reskilling existing employees.”

In January, Multiverse closed a $44m (£32.1m) venture capital funding round, led by General Catalyst, unlocking its expansion overseas to the US. It also changed its name from WhiteHat to Multiverse.

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