Not to be the bearer of doom and gloom but there is a serious issue creeping up on the digital sector in the UK and there isn’t much being done to address it. At a time when we should be embracing technology and educating our future workforce into how it works it would appear we are not doing it fast enough.
UK will have a shortage of 100,000 people to fill IT jobs in the next few years. In Europe, including the UK, the skills shortage is expected to reach 700,000.
With such high youth unemployment in this country why is there still a skills gap within a generation who would be perfect to fill this? Well it’s becoming really apparent that the children coming out of school, college and universities are not leaving with the right skill set and more importantly not the right attitude necessary to deliver what is needed in a commercial environment. The expectation level in this generation is too great with no real focus or drive. Fuelled by the booming digital age where things are literally a click or button press away and information flows freely then there is a perception that you no longer have to do much to get what you want and things come easy. This is wrong and with this blooming digital age there is a vast amount to absorb, learn and do. This sector is as challenging as ever and will only now grow in complexity and size but with that also comes opportunity.
As a nation we need to take action, we need to empower our youth and guide them in the right direction. Just like the Olympics said we really need to ‘Inspire a Generation’. We can’t lose them or let this generation drift, we must get them on board, excite them, educate them and let them grow and in turn grow our economy. To do this they need something to attach themselves too and feel proud, they need to feel they hold their own destiny in their hands. We need to provide a way of giving them the opportunity to do this.