Skills and Talent
Our digital technologies industry has a highly skilled workforce but with we need many more people to join the growing businesses across the sector. Encouraging an increasing number to pursue careers in technology is essential.
ScotlandIS leads the campaign for skills for our industry, to build the future talent pipeline. Working with partners across industry and the public sector we have helped with the development of the ICT & Digital Technologies Skills Investment Plan, published in 2014. This provides a long term plan to tackle a number of key issues:
- Sector attractiveness - to promote the breadth of interesting highly paid roles to young people, and career changers
- Ensuring the education system meets industries needs including :
- Revitalising the teaching of computing and digital technologies at schools, to develop a stronger pipeline of young people choosing digital technologies careers, and courses at apprentice, college and university level.
- Delivering the ePlacement Scotland programme in partnership with our universities to give students valuable real work experience before they qualify
- Ensuring the development of higher level specialist skills through helping to establish eg The Data Lab
- Broadening access routes into the industry through a wider range of apprenticeships, and new initiatives such as the new digital skills academy, CodeClan established by ScotlandIS.
- Tackling the gender imbalance
A multicultural workforce
The digital technologies industry is truly global, serving markets around the world. To design and build products and services for global cistixesn and businesses our industry benefits from a diverse workforce.
We continue to campaign at Scottish and UK Government levels for the reintroduction of post study work visas and have publicy stated the need for non UK citizens to be welcomed into our workforce. We are in regular contact with officials regarding potential changes to visa regulations.