IT degrees failing to meet business needs


IT degrees failing to meet business needs

Antony Savvas

Around 60% of employers do not consider an ICT-related degree relevant to IT and telecoms business roles.

The lack of confidence in ICT degrees has been found in research from industry skills body e-skills UK.

Karen Price, CEO of e-skills UK, said, “Graduates from non-ICT disciplines have often developed skills in areas not yet widely included in traditional computing courses – such as business, project, communication and other interpersonal skills.  IT-related degrees must evolve to reflect the broader range of capabilities required to be successful in modern careers in IT and telecoms.”

Price said the success of the Information Technology Management for Business ( ITMB ) degrees, created with employers to develop the business-oriented, customer-focused IT professionals the industry needs, highlights how urgently such IT courses are needed. ITMB degrees will be running at 12 universities by the end of this year, said Price.

The e-Skills UK research was based on responses from over 1,000 individuals responsible for ICT recruitment and development in UK companies.

The research can be viewed at:

Northern Ireland faces skills crisis

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