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Spending Review: UK IT will benefit from bolstered apprenticeship funding

The "largest ever" adult apprenticeship incentives announced as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review will have a positive effect on UK IT, according to industry figureheads.

Chancellor George Osbourne said earlier today there will be an increase of 50% in apprenticeship funding on the previous government.

As part of the renewed drive to train people, the government will create 75,000 new apprentices a year by 2014.

The chief executive of sector skills council e-Skills UK Karen Price said she "particularly welcomes" the extension of the programme to all ages.

"Employers are concerned about how best to develop their workforce with the skills and capabilities they need, and for them, apprenticeships represent a high quality development opportunity," said Price.

"Adult apprenticeships provide individuals with the opportunity to start a second career in IT and get the high quality training they need to become productive quickly," she said.

"They also give employers the opportunity to re-skill and retrain their employees who need news skills to meet changing business needs."

Prior to the CSR being announced, the chief executive at the British Computer Society, David Clarke, hoped the need to invest in IT skills would be recognised.

"The UK has some of the smartest people in the world with regards to how technology can be applied to achieve these goals. Hopefully the Government will recognise and use this talent to its absolute maximum," Clarke told Computer Weekly.


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