Do you employ entry level Tech Talent?
The UK’s Science and Technology Framework sets out a talent and skills vision, that the UK will have a large, varied base of skilled, technical and entrepreneurial talent which is agile and quickly responds to the needs of industry, academia and government. This includes talent in STEM, digital and data, commercialisation and national security. The Department for Education (DfE) is committed to working closely with industry and academia to ensure that the education system is producing the skills and talent needed in priority technology sectors.
As part of this commitment, the Digital and Computing Skills Education Taskforce (DCSET) was created earlier this year which brings together the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT), DfE, industry representatives, academics and the British Society for Computing. This taskforce will report back to Cabinet through the National Science and Technology Council, early next year. It is developing actions to address barriers to students choosing to follow computing and digital pathways, and how we can better work with industry to encourage more young people and adults to enter these careers.
The Taskforce is seeking views from organisations regarding how they recruit to technology entry-level roles (such as software developers, programmers, data analysts, machine learning engineers, cyber security roles, etc.) and what skills and qualifications they are looking for. The Taskforce is primarily focused on government-funded qualifications in England but is also keen to hear views on digital qualifications provided through the private market.
The Taskforce wants to hear from you. Please use the link below to take part in a quick survey:
This will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and will help inform how government and industry can work together to address barriers for entry-level tech talent.
The deadline for survey responses is Friday 3 November.
Jill is techUK’s Programme Manager for Cyber Security, working across the cyber eco-system to bring industry together with key stakeholders across the public and private sectors.
Prior to focusing in on techUK's cyber security work, Jill was also part of techUK's Central Government programme team, representing the supplier community of technology products and services to Whitehall departments.
Before joining techUK, Jill worked as a Senior Caseworker for an MP, advocating for local communities, businesses and individuals, so she is particularly committed to techUK’s vision of harnessing the power of technology to improve people’s lives. Jill is also an experienced editorial professional and has delivered copyediting and writing services for public-body and SME clients as well as publishers.
Annie joined techUK as the Programme Manager for Cyber Security and Central Government in September 2023.
Prior to joining techUK, Annie worked as an Account Manager at PLMR Healthcomms, a specialist healthcare agency providing public affairs support to a wide range of medical technology clients. Annie also spent time as an Intern in an MPs constituency office and as an Intern at the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed.
Annie graduated from Nottingham Trent University, where she was an active member of the lacrosse society.
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