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National Skills Academy for IT announced

Karl Flinders

A National Skills Academy for IT will be launched next year to ensure that the UK has the right skills to help it grow.

The academy, announced today, will train and retrain recruits with employers contributing to course development.

As well as IT the other skills academies launched were for enterprise, power and social care.

There are more than a million IT professionals in the UK, with 141,000 recruits needed every year, according to e-skills UK.

Karen Price, chief executive of e-skills UK, said, "It offers a unique opportunity for employers to take collective responsibility for the skills and accreditation of the IT workforce, with innovative development programmers and qualifications that are valued by the sector."

Skills secretary John Denham said the academies make sure that the workforce is trained to meet the needs of industry.

"Skills academies put employers in the driving seat to shape training for their industries, building the world-beating workforce that will improve productivity and competitiveness across the country."


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