A taskforce of some of the world’s biggest tech firms and UK national businesses, including Google, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, has today called for major overhaul of the UK’s adult education system.
The Fast Forward for Digital Jobs Taskforce, convened by technology trade organisation techUK and including blue chip firms BT, Salesforce and Cisco, as well as FDM Group and UKFast, is calling on the Government to ensure industry certifications are eligible for support under the new Lifetime Skills Guarantee.
The Fast Forward for Digital Jobs report highlights the significant discrepancy between the upsurge in demand for digitally skilled workers in areas such as coding and the opportunity to retrain in these fields for the many millions made redundant due to the COVID-19 recession.
The report stresses the need to take immediate action to close the growing digital skills gap with thousands of digital job vacancies remaining unfilled, even in the current job market. This comes as recent projections suggest a further three million new jobs that will require digital skills will be created in the UK by 2025.
For a copy of the report and more details on the recommendations, visit techUK’s website.