BCS Apprenticeships: Gender diversity and inclusion will help bridge post Brexit Britain's digital skills shortage

16 February 2017

There is a substantial shortage of IT skills within UK business which is exacerbated by the imbalance of gender diversity. This is according to Sir Vince Cable, Key Government Advisor to the Apprenticeship Minister, speaking at an event hosted by BCS on Apprenticeships ahead of the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017.

Vince Cable said: “I completely support those who are proactively promoting technology apprenticeships to diverse audiences. Post Brexit Britain faces a chronic digital skill shortage. Gender diversity and inclusion should be high priority to the ongoing strategy to recruit apprentices to enable the UK to bridge the skills gap effectively.”

The event brought together the wider business community to share expertise, opinion and discuss key issues around the levy, and to highlight the role of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as the only end-point assessment body dedicated to the new digital IT standards.

John Pritchard, the newly appointed Head of Apprenticeships at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT added: “Apprenticeships enable young people to build the academic, practical and behavioural skills they require for success in digital professions, but they also help create the talent that is vital in boosting the UK’s diverse digital economy.

Our aim is to facilitate the apprenticeship community, from training providers, employers, schools and universities to ensure that we are all working towards giving young people the right opportunities and skills that employers want. It was evident from our debate that we all want to see more people taking advantage of these digital apprenticeships and that the quality of these programmes will help the UK to change attitudes towards how we grow our future talent. This is vital if we are going to avoid the potential massive skills gap which is forecast in technology.

Apprenticeships not only offer a great way to start out your career, but also benefit organisations allowing them to recruit and grow their IT teams and develop the talent they need for the future and help the UK to remain competitive.”

For more information visit: www.bcs.org/apprenticeships

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