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'TECH LEVELS' TO HALT DIGITAL SKILLS SHORTAGE?

Tuesday 29th September 2015
You may have read our recent blog (Bridging the digital skills gap in the UK) where we discussed the current digital skills gap being experienced across the UK.

"The innovative nature of IT can often mean that demand for new IT skills outstrips supply. As new technologies move through the cycle from invention to mainstream application, there is a constant need by businesses to keep reassessing skills, training and recruiting, to ensure that they are able to meet changing demands."

In our blog we highlighted just some ways the tech industry is trying to combat the skills gap. Including, code tutorials online and schemes such as Scottish Code Clan, a coding course which aims to produce 20 work ready software developers after every 16 week course completed. 

CodeClan graduates could help make considerable progress in bridging the skills gap, in Scotland at least. Forecasts suggest Scotland alone could offer up to 11,000 job opportunities in the digital sector, rising 2000 every year. 

We also highlighted how a focus on the younger generations would be imperative in keeping momentum up in bridging the skills gap.

Recruitment International recently reported that so called ‘Tech Levels’ could be the answer when it comes to halting these technology skills shortages.

The tech focused alternatives to A-levels, which we’re launched this month are offered to 16-19 year old's and are the equivalent to 280 UCAS points, and mean that students can chose between further education, apprenticeships or employment upon completion.

Seven Tech-levels have been made available since this month through exam board AQA, these include ; design engineering; mechanical engineering; power network engineering; IT networking; IT programming: and IT user support.

The programme has also been backed by a number of major technology supplier employers, including Microsoft, Siemens, and Toshiba and has been designed to equip individuals with skills and knowledge needed for today’s IT arena.  

What are your thoughts will these new initiatives make the adequate progress needed to halt the skills shortage? Or should the industry be focusing more on alternatives such as offering cross-training to employees from other business departments?

Feel free to leave your thoughts below, or tweet us @AmsourceTech.
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