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SAS, Ribit team up on analytics students initiative

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Analytics firm SAS Australia has joined forces with the CSIRO Data61’s job matching and internship matching platform Ribit to extend its long-standing practice of helping analytics students gain meaningful employment as data scientists.

The arrangement between the two organisations supports students across Australia’s higher education institutions who benefit from the facilities of the SAS Global Academic Program, with these students now also enjoying the advantage of being listed on Data61’s Ribit platform, which uses machine learning to match their skills to employers’ needs, leading to employment opportunities.

Ribit seeks to match students and employers for jobs, projects and internships in skills-shortage fields such as engineering, marketing, design, technology and data.

Since the initiative went live in February, 1,300 new students at several Australian universities have begun accessing employment opportunities and SAS courses, and across STEM and digital disciplines, Ribit has students from 43 tertiary institutions across Australia.

“The partnership between Data61’s Ribit.net and SAS will enable our students to gain in-demand skills in a global high-growth industry, and connects them directly to innovative businesses for paid work. Everyone wins,” said Ribit Director Liz Jakubowski.

David Bowie, Vice President of SAS Australia and New Zealand said the initiative could not be timelier.

“Businesses of every type and size now look to predictive analytics to inform decision making. And with AI and machine learning entering the mainstream, the Ribit and SAS initiative will play a big part in addressing the critical shortage of skills in this area.”

Ribit’s says its window to SAS also provides students with free access to data analytics training programs which qualify them for globally recognised industry accreditation, enhancing their job prospects – and in addition, they join the SAS Connection Program which offers access to data challenges, webinars and more.

Citing first-hand experience of using the SAS Ribit platform, Matthew Phillips, who is the data manager at the Black Dog Institute, said, “It certainly simplified our student recruitment process. It was easy to use, yet an extremely powerful platform with many features including the ability to search across multiple field types and areas of expertise.”

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