Channel backing government moves to tackle skills gap


Channel backing government moves to tackle skills gap

Simon Quicke

The channel has thrown its support behind the government's plans to address the IT skills gap following plans announced in the Budget to boost the technical knowledge of future generations.

In the Budget earlier this week the Chancellor George Osborne said that a skills gap would have serious repercussions for future growth and as a result it was taking steps to fund education.

In the Budget measures to double the number of planned university technical colleges from 12 to at least 24 were announced along with funding for an extra   40,000 apprenticeships and 10,000 higher level training places.

Arunn Ramadoss, program manager, corporate marketing at Micro Focus, commented that the skills gap was of particular relevance to the IT industry and attempts to address that should be welcomed.

"For the UK to stand a chance of becoming an established power in the IT industry, individual companies need to work together with schools and the government to ensure more students take an interest in IT and have the best possible resources at their fingertips," he said.

The commitment to tackle the skills issue got a thumbs up in the immediate reaction to the Budget and is seen as an opportunity to hold out an olive branch to the youngsters facing unemployment.

Cameron Watson, managing director of Pertemps Recruitment Partnership, said that the measures would benefit a generation of 16.24 year-olds that currently faced bleak times.

"The Chancellor's commitment to re-establish prospects for this age group is vital in helping Britain increase its competitiveness within the global economy, and continue to make the UK more attractive for businesses," he said.

But he added that mentoring and coaching was one step forward but there needed to be sustainable jobs for people.

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