Getvisibility invests €1.2m in AI Academy to address tech talent gap

Getvisibility to expand machine learning engineering and data science department to 30 people.

The Cork business has developed an AI-powered platform for data discovery, classification, security and governance.

The AI Academy is being developed to attract the right talent into the organisation, particularly for the machine learning engineering and data science department which is set to expand to up to 30 people during the said period.

“Having people who want to learn and are conscientious is the first part of the puzzle”

These new positions – which consist of machine learning engineers, data scientists and a manager – will be fully flexible in terms of the ability to work remotely but are likely to be concentrated in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

A creative approach to addressing talent shortage

While Getvisibility’s aim is to find data scientists with engineering expertise, the company is broadening its scope to find candidates who may be more junior or who may not have the engineering experience but a high level of academic expertise. It is also open to prospective employees who are transitioning from an adjacent field, such as probability theory or accounting.

As part of its AI Academy programme, people will be provided with the opportunity to train and upskill in data science in-house, with the additional support of AI to boost efficiency and plug any competency gaps. They will then have the option to remain within the data science department or join others, such as the product development team.

“Innovation is at the heart of what we do, but it relies on us having access to the right talent – something which is proving to be very challenging in the current landscape,” said Vlad Constantinescu, head of Data Science at Getvisibility.

“To overcome this, we are being creative when it comes to the types of candidates we bring into the organisation and the approach we take when they join.

“Having people who want to learn and are conscientious is the first part of the puzzle. The second part is equipping them with the means to develop new skills and enabling them to bring new ideas to the table. That’s where our AI Academy comes in. By finding the right people and enabling them to gain the necessary experience in-house, we are actively shaping our own pool of talent.”

John Kennedy
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