A million pounds is to be spent on data skill training for staff at Waltham Forest Council.

More than 50 employees will be given the opportunity through an apprenticeship delivered with apprenticeship firm Multiverse.

Those taking part will be enrolled on Multiverse’s 13 month Data Literacy course or the more advanced Data Fellowship course.

The investment into the training aims to improve the council's use of data and improve the quality of service given to residents.

It is being funded by the Government-funded apprenticeship levy.

Cllr Liaqat Ali, who is cabinet member for transformation and commercial operations in Waltham Forest, said: "Data lays the ground for everything we do as a council and is an essential ingredient for serving our residents in a cost-effective and efficient way.

"Improved data literacy will allow employees to explore innovative and exciting solutions and test them with confidence, making Waltham Forest an even braver and bolder borough where members of staff know they are tackling the right challenges for our residents."

Jeremy Duggan, president at Multiverse, added: "Working efficiently with data is key for all organisations - and for local authorities it's essential for delivering high quality services to residents.

"Waltham Forest Council is leading the way by building skills within its teams through a far-reaching Data Academy.

"Apprentices will benefit from Multiverse’s intensive coaching and applied learning, to develop rich skills in the most high-demand areas that will serve them for their career."