The Tech Partnership

Sector-wide commitment to the Tech Partnership transforms the skills landscape


Sector-wide commitment to the Tech Partnership transforms the skills landscape


Employers of all sizes and sectors have collaborated to ensure that the Tech Partnership got off to a flying start in its first year and laid the ground work to achieve its aim of creating the skills for 1 million new digital jobs over the coming decade.

More than 500 companies have joined the Tech Partnership since its launch in November 2014, and through co-investment from the Government, are already making an impact on transforming the digital skills landscape. The Tech Partnership’s Progress Update April 2014 - March 2015, released this week, reveals that the Partnership has surpassed its targets across all programmes and is now gearing up for ambitious new plans to make the UK the go-to place for digital skills.

Tech Partnership Chairman and CEO, UK & Ireland Cisco, Phil Smith, said: “The Tech Partnership is a true partnership of employers, collaborating to create the skills for the digital economy. In our first year of operation, we have proven the difference a sector-wide commitment to action can make, action that is sustainable and makes a substantive impact at scale. We are very proud of our achievements and employer ownership is enabling us to change the skills landscape in the UK.”

He added: “We have already provided training for hundreds of tech specialists, improved the education of thousands of students, and bought together the immense power of previously disparate stakeholders on a common agenda.”

Through the Tech Partnership, employers have put aside their competitive differences and pooled their expertise and resources to create innovative programmes that develop the digital skills that UK businesses need.

Starting at primary school, TechFuture Girls clubs inspire girls aged 10-14 about the exciting possibilities of a career in tech. TechFuture Classroom and TechFuture Careers provide older students with engaging digital activities and equip them with insightful careers information. At Higher Education level, the Partnership’s Tech Industry Gold degrees, taught at 21 universities, bring together the worlds of education and employment with direct input of 90 employers.

Ensuring access to the sector for rising stars is a key priority for the Tech Partnership: more than 2,700 apprentices are currently on 27 Tech Industry Gold apprenticeship programmes around the UK. And for those already in the workplace, the Tech Partnership Training Fund has given 1,100 tech specialists and 242 apprentices the chance to acquire high level skills. Two thirds of employers who have accessed the funding report increased efficiency in their operations as a result of the training, and 87% of the companies that have accessed the funding are SMEs.

The year in numbers

Growth of the Tech Partnership – 550 employers and 180 stakeholders have joined the Partnership

Employer Investment - employers have invested £2.3 million in cash and £5.65 in kind

Tech Partnership Training Fund – has been used to support 242 apprentices and 1,126 tech specialists have been trained allowing two thirds of the companies who accessed the training to become more efficient.

TechFuture services – the careers, curriculum and teachers support services have been used by 35,000 students and 840 teachers in 540 schools. 35 employers have contributed resources

Tech Industry Gold Degrees – 1,258 students at 21 universities working with 90 contributing employers

Degree Apprenticeships – 160 apprenticeships are registered for the September 2015 intake at seven universities and working with 16 employers

Trailblazer Apprenticeships - more than 200 employers have contributed their expertise to establish 12 new standards

Tech Industry Gold Apprenticeships - 2,700 apprentices are on 27 of the programmes working with eight training providers.

Download the full Progress Report April 2014 – March 2015

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