BIMA attended a round table with the Rt Hon David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools, on Monday to discuss the skills gap and raise our views on how Government can help tackle the issue. The discussion covered a lot of ground with our 3 key points being:
1. Careers advice: our research shows that students’ knowledge of digital careers is very low. Raising awareness, whether by reinstating funding for a careers advisory service or by other means, is therefore critical to increasing the flow of homegrown talent.
2. Curriculum: Government needs to understand that teaching coding is not, in itself, a silver bullet as the talent gap is much broader than this. The new curriculum needs longevity and needs to support the development of interdisciplinary skills and foster students’ abilities to think both critically and creatively.
3. Apprenticeship funding: apprenticeship schemes are very welcome but the burden on smaller employers is often prohibitive. It needs to be easier for employers to directly benefit from the £15k funding per apprentice and for this process to be simpler.
Do you have additional or differing points you feel should be raised? We are following up with a written submission early next week so please get in touch by this Friday to contribute your viewpoint. Contact me with your views >>
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