Tory MP Rob Wilson slams cut in funding for IT training

Shadow higher education minister Rob Wilson has slammed the government for cutting funding for graduates who want to convert to careers in the IT profession.

An opposition politician has slammed the government for cutting funding for graduates who want to convert to careers in the IT profession.

Under government plans, people who already have high-level qualifications will have to pay for extra training themselves, or persuade their employers to pay.

Rob Wilson, shadow higher education minister, said the policy was a "false economy" which could lead to even greater skills shortages.

"There are a lot of people keen to switch to the IT industry because of its good salaries, good prospects and good employers. But people need to be able to get the basic skills. The government has got this funding change wrong," he said.

Wilson accused the government of failing to understand the importance of IT to the economy.

"It tends to view IT as a tool to get grandiose projects off the ground. What they do not seem to understand is that we have got a problem getting enough people and creating sufficient skills to move the economy forward.

"I have never yet heard the secretary of state or the minister for higher education talk in any detail about what the IT sector needs," he said. "What are the real policies they are putting together to encourage business engagement, particularly in the university sector?"

Wilson said he wants to work with universities to offer remote learning courses, so that people will not have to stop working to train or get a degree.

Under the government plans, any graduate wishing to undertake IT training that is at a lower level than a degree must pay for it themselves, or ask their employer to pay.

The policy will shift the burden of training costs onto the employer and make it difficult for non-IT graduates to convert to the profession. Some subjects are exempt, but IT is not one of them.

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