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London Borough of Barking and Dagenham: Data Analytics skills training

The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham has enrolled 14 ambitious employees onto the Corndel Data Analytics programme. Over 18 months they will learn new skills that will transform how they work with the wealth of data available to their organisation. 


The Council’s Head of Insight & Innovation, Pye Nyunt, is no stranger to driving organisations towards a more data-led culture. He is a former Data IQ Top 100 Most Influential Practitioners of Data & Analytics in the UK and currently leads a team of data scientists, behavioural scientists and service designers. His team were finalists at last year’s Local Government Chronicle Awards in the “Team of the Year” category.

Pye explains, “We are striving to be at the forefront of data and analysis in our sector and are pleased to have been recognised by the industry; last year our data and analytics work won us an iESE Intelligent Public Service Award, in the company of policing, fire commissioners and health sector organisations. Many of the projects we are doing have been well cited, including in the Financial Times and our Borough Data Explorer and Social Progress Index has been accessed by people around the globe looking to see what we’re up to.”  

Partnering with Corndel  

Corndel has been selected as London Borough of Barking & Dagenham’s training provider for their next cohort of Data Analysts. Part of the reason for choosing Corndel is a clear requirement from the Council that the training must be highly relevant to the learners’ roles.

“What we don’t want to do is to add more work to staff’s jobs. We want our learners to be able to use data that they are already working with and to be able to submit real-world projects as part of their coursework. Corndel allows us to do that as it teaches new skills using many of the tools and approaches that we either already use in the organisation, or aspire to using. These include Power BI and Tableau.”


“I am driven by the opportunity that data offers. This Corndel Diploma gives us the chance to up skill a group of colleagues, who will learn together and – importantly – apply their new skills in their day-to-day work. Using Apprenticeship Levy funds to support our wider digital transformation goals not only makes business sense, but provides our people with the necessary investment and development that will underpin their careers from this point forward. We’re in safe hands with Corndel and I’m excited to see how this programme plays a significant role in creating a data-led culture.”

For other Local Authorities wishing to follow in the footsteps of London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, we’d be delighted to support you in your journey.