Great minds clearly think alike, when it comes to the politics of information technology.
We been struck by the remarkable similarity between Lord Empey’s speech in the House of Lords on the gaps in IT education in the UK on 26th March, and a speech by COO and consultant, Yva Thakurdas, at the House of Lords six days early, on, er, the gaps in IT education in the UK.
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The area provides 48,000 digital economy jobs, more than double the number of 15 years ago at the time of the dot.com boom. Yet its future progress is threatened by a severe skills shortage for the very same reasons as the other small businesses across the UK, namely an under-supply of skilled developers and specialist staff in the UK. These Technology firms blame ill-designed university syllabuses and a lack of understanding at all levels of the education system.
In London, IT provides 48,000 digital economy jobs, more than double the number of such jobs 15 years ago at the time of the dotcom boom. This progress is under severe threat by a skills shortage, namely an under supply of skilled developers and technicians within the UK, and technology firms blame ill designed university syllabuses and a lack of understanding at all levels of the education system.
The number of young people studying and choosing careers in IT has correspondingly decreased, and therefore not kept up with growing demand Graduates are becoming less equipped to enter the job market meaningfully in a competitive market, with overseas students often being better qualified;
The number of young people studying IT has fallen correspondingly with the standard of ICT teaching from school to university over the past15years. Graduates have therefore become ill equipped to enter a competitive jobs market meaningfully, and overseas students are often better qualified.