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A new survey has revealed that many businesses are still concerned about the lack of people available with IT industry skills.

The skills gap in IT remains an issue and is causing businesses problems when trying to fill vacancies. The problem is that there is simply a lack of people available with the right IT skills to help move businesses in the direction they need to.

Research has suggested that almost half of every 10 companies are expecting to hire new staff this year and, they view IT as very important to their success and intend to utilise it.

Many of the IT careers in demand include those which work with networks and infrastructure, database and information management storage, IT support and server and data centre management.

However, with the reported shortage of people with the level of skills needed being an issue, IT certification is expected to become a big priority in the coming years as companies aim to increase staff skills.

This inevitably means that companies will be placing greater focus on training to get staff to the required level. The survey also revealed that this has already begun, with companies unable to find staff with relevant and necessary skills in IT now turning on existing staff and training them to the required levels.

However, it has been suggested that gaps in the IT industry are only natural due to the nature of the industry and claims that the current gap is due to expanding and improving technology, and the speed at which IT changes and develops. The gap, it is suggested, is actually due to the fact that technology development and innovation gets ahead of workers with skills to implement this new technology.

This suggests that the IT industry is always playing catch up and developing in-demand skills one step behind technological innovation and invention.

If this is the case, it would suggest that the IT industry will continue to have a skills gap so long as technology continues to grow, develop and change at such a rapid rate. This would mean that IT industry workers and those with relevant and new skills will always be in demand and will also mean that those who continue to train and develop their IT skills to go along with these industry developments will benefit from the demand for workers.

This means that those who do develop the necessary skills to meet demand will be in a position to choose who their next employer will be in a much more free way than is usual when changing jobs and careers.

If companies continue to demand new technology and the workers to implement these technologies, the IT industry can only benefit, and those who continue to stay abreast of the changes and developments will be the ones with careers with opportunities. 

Written by Sara Thomson

 

A recent survey conducted by the EU revealed that 20% of school students in secondary schools have almost never used a computer in school time.

The Digital Agenda Commissioner, Neelie Kroes, said that “ICT skills and training must be available to all students and teachers, not just a lucky few.”

Currently, teacher training in ICT is hardly ever compulsory so those who wish to improve their IT skills must do so in their own time.

This survey is carried out every five years and when compared with previous results, computer numbers have doubled since 2006, this, it is thought, is due to laptops, tablets and netbooks replacing desktop computers in schools. However, even with these changes, we are still way behind Scandinavian and Nordic countries.

Figures for the EU currently stand at one quarter of nine year olds being in digitally equipped schools with fast broadband, high connectivity, email, local area networks and virtual learning environments.

It is now being recommended that an increase in teacher training in this area via online learning and through the creation of new job roles for those who would co-ordinate ICT in schools takes place.

It has also been suggested that the ICT skills of teachers in different EU countries should match-up, projects for new approaches to teaching with digital technology should be supported by the EU, good, high quality digital learning resources should be available for teachers and progress in digital technology use and teaching in schools should be monitored.

What’s important to consider here is the effect this lack of IT training in teachers is having on students. If teachers don’t have up-to-date skills in the industry, they can’t train young people in the basics of the field.

We reported recently of the IT skills gap and how there is much concern as to bridging this gap in the industry, but with basic school level skills lacking, this could go some way to explain the lack of knowledge, interest or understanding of the industry itself.

The survey is conducted European wide, highlighting that this issue is an entire Europe-wide problem which needs tackling.

Careers in the IT industry can be very rewarding and lucrative. However, with the skills gap the industry is facing and the lack of basic knowledge at school level, it is something that may not be solved quickly unless the issue of lack of teacher training in the area is solved.

In the meantime, those who would like to get into the IT industry but are lacking in training, knowledge and understanding can visit our IT training pages to find out more about courses available to you.

Written by Sara Thomson

 

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