The Tech Partnership

By collaborating with employers across the economy, and embracing partners and stakeholders who contribute to our aims, we can develop the digital talent the country needs. I look forward to working with you all to create the UK’s digital future.

Phil Smith, CEO of Cisco UK & Ireland

What we do

 

We're already working hard to reach our goal to deliver the skills for a million digital jobs. 

1,600 UK schools and colleges participate in TechFuture – the Tech Partnership’s digital learning programme for young people. 50 TechFuture courses are accessed regularly by teachers and students on topics that range from games design to cyber security.700 industry Ambassadors volunteer their time in schools to help young people learn digital skills and find out about digital careers. 45 universities across the UK offer Tech Partnership-accredited Tech Industry Gold degrees and degree apprenticeships, delivering capabilities that are highly prized by employers. 75% of Tech Industry Gold degree students graduate with a First or 2:1 - compared to 52% for computing degrees overall.  100,000 digital apprentices over the next three years will use the new apprenticeship standards defined by Tech Partnership employers500,000 girls aged 10 to 19 are being reached through the Tech Partnership’s gender campaign, to help effect a step change in the number of women taking up digital roles.
 
But there's so much more to be done.

We're working in 3 critical areas

 

Inspiring new and diverse talent into digital careers

  • Inspiring education resources for schools and colleges: TechFuture is an interactive learning platform built to inspire the next generation about digital skills and careers – it's supported by teaching guides and by employer-backed open badges which students can collect to evidence their skills.
  • Bringing the tech sector to life through industry ambassadors: Volunteers share their time and expertise in schools to inspire young people from all backgrounds about digital careers and help them learn new skills.
  • Encouraging a diverse pool of talent: employers lead action to attract a wide range of people into digital careers, for example through targeted campaigns and the highly successful TechFuture Girls clubs, which involve girls aged 9-14 in creative technology projects based on real-world challenges.

 

Raising the quality of digital skills training and education

  • Setting standards in digital skills: we collaborate to set digital skills standards, the building blocks of qualifications, which articulate industry need, from basic skills to apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships and degrees.
  • Developing relevant tech degrees: Tech Industry Gold university degrees enable students to gain a highly valued blend of technology, business and interpersonal skills, and produce outstanding academic and employment outcomes.
  • Promoting apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships: Tech Industry Gold apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships are the first choice of many employers because of their quality assurance and focus on early apprentice productivity.

 

Enabling every citizen to gain the basic digital skills they need

  • Providing a common framework: maintaining the Basic Digital Skills Framework, which sets out the five basic capabilities that people need in order to function in an increasingly digitised world.
  • Identifying digital exclusion hotspots: updating and promoting the Digital Exclusion Heatmap which identifies likelihood of digital exclusion in UK regions.
  • Tracking and reporting changes: conducting the annual Basic Digital Skills survey, which tracks the progress of basic digital skills uptake among UK adults.

 

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