Do your bit for e-skills

IT directors have been called on to help several major government-backed IT skills initiatives to attract and develop the next...

IT directors have been called on to help several major government-backed IT skills initiatives to attract and develop the next generation of IT professionals.

The initiatives, just taking hold in the secondary school and university systems, address the reluctance of graduates to enter IT and aim to make computer courses more relevant to business.

Speaking at a meeting of the British Computer Society Elite group, Karen Price, chief executive at E-Skills UK, asked IT directors to take advantage of her organisation's support infrastructure to "buddy" with local schools, provide short-term placements for students, support new specialist diplomas mooted for IT and consider universities as sources of professional development rather than commercial training organisations.

"With a little collective effort, employers can make a difference and turn around UK plc," she said.

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