Issue: There is a great deal of good work happening in the skills and diversity space within industry taking steps to close skills gap whilst increasing diversity. The key aim of the Skills and Diversity Council is to find meaningful ways to shift the dial on diversity in the sector by promoting paths into tech to a wider audience and developing best practices that improve recruitment and retainment of diverse individuals.
Required Outcome: The Skills and Diversity and Council, which is an elected body of senior individuals who seek to promote this agenda across our member organisations and to the wider skills and diversity community, will organise workshops, events and other meetings to develop networks and provide forums for senior individuals within techUK membership to discuss and collaborate on these issues.
Issue: The UK tech sector is driving economic growth – growing at 2.6x the rate of the wider economy. However, a chronic digital skills shortage is holding the UK back and threatens continued growth. As the economy digitises digital skills will become increasingly important in every sector and the demand for these skills will grow.
Required Outcome: Industry is making significant interventions of its own to upskill and reskill not only its own employees but the wider population. However, greater Government intervention is needed particularly further down the pipeline with regards to the education system. The Skills and Diversity Council will make a number of interventions on the key issues in this space – for example the development of t-levels, the use of apprenticeship and the apprenticeship levy and with regards to further and higher education.
Issue: For too long the focus on improving diversity has been seen as a ‘nice to have’. The Skills and Diversity believe that having diverse teams is key to business success and will continue to advocate for this. Similarly, in order to reduce business cost and risk investment in training and upskilling must be made with support of Government.
Required Outcome: The Skills and Diversity Council will support initiatives such as the Tech Talent Charter that help provide data on diversity whilst developing its own materials to help companies improve their diversity and better understand the skills landscape. This will be a continual challenge with no ‘mission complete end-point’, the Skills and Diversity Council will therefore focus on where it can make a difference and how to grow the number of companies and individuals taking action on these two points.
techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 900 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ approximately 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium-sized businesses.
techUK is committed to helping its members grow, by:
• Developing markets
• Developing relationships and networks
• Reducing business costs
• Reducing business risks.
techUK is the trading name for Information Technology Telecommunications and Electronics Association, a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England number 1200318.