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IT skills firmly on the government agenda

Keynote speech at Cloud Expo used by government minister to stress it is working to improve the skills crisis

The IT skills issue is one that is being actively tackled by the government, with the focus continuing to hover over efforts to improve things in higher and further education.

The moves to get coding onto the cirriculum at a primary school level could well help ease the problems getting skilled staff from the generation that enter the workplace in around a decade's time. But in the meantime there are attempts being made to ensure that those in higher and further education are getting much more relevant training.

Speaking at Cloud Expo in East London, the minister for culture and the digital economy Ed Vaizey said that it was working with industry to try to make sure that the skills they wanted were being taught to the next generation of workers.

"As well as putting in place a good fiscal regime and a good investment regime is to invest in our skills. We were one of the first countries to put coding on the national cirriculum," he said.

"We are looking hard at further education and higher education to make sure the skills students are learning at college and university are relevant to employers. That means a much closer relationship to employers than has existed before," he added. 

The channel knows all about combating the skills issue and is in the eye of the storm trying to help customers, which do not have the in-house expertise, cope with digital transformation projects.

One of the big areas that is currently causing concern is around security skills and there were even warnings last week from Gartner that those suppliers unable to support customer moves to a cloud driven business would find themselves left out in the cold.

As well as talking up its commitment to improving skills Vaizey said that the government was committed to improving cyber security awareness, which would be cruicial if its ambitions for IoT were to be fully realised.

He stated that the government had invested millions in supporting the development of  IoT standards and was embracing the wave of changes that would lead to billions of devices being connected to the web by the end of the decade.

"Businesses will need to work out where the best value is for customers, and in some cases for their customer's customers, and where the best ecosystems are," he added "We all know from the last 25 years that digital connectivity can move value around in surprising ways."

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