The Tech Partnership

Tech Partnership reaches 800 employer milestone

20.01.2016

Tech Partnership reaches 800 employer milestone

20.01.2016

More than 800 employers have now joined the Tech Partnership, reinforcing its standing as the voice of industry and go-to place for action on digital skills. It holds a unique position as the representative of employers responsible for digital skills across all sectors, with more than half of those in the Partnership having their core business outside technology. Manufacturing, energy, transport, retail and financial services are among the areas with significant representation, and three quarters of organisations are SMEs.

The Tech Partnership also works with more than 350 stakeholder organisations, including professional bodies, universities, training providers and schools, as well as national and local government.

With more than 1.7m people employed in the tech sector as a whole, and Tech Partnership research showing that 42% of employers of tech specialists find some or all of their positions hard to fill, reducing the skills gap continues to be a priority. As a result of employers collaborating through the Tech Partnership, 300 new recruits to the sector are already enrolled on the Partnership’s Degree Apprenticeships, while 2,700 apprentices are on other Tech Industry Gold Apprenticeships. Newly developed apprenticeship standards will support many thousands more apprenticeship starts this year. Meanwhile, those aiming for a university-based degree experience can head to one of the 28 universities offering the Partnership’s Tech Industry Gold Degrees.

Employers collaborate to support schools and colleges through the TechFuture programme. Careers advice is available through TechFuture Careers, and engaging curriculum materials through TechFuture Classroom. At the younger end of the spectrum, TechFuture Girls offers 9 -14 year old female pupils an exciting after school club experience, helping secure their interest in technology.

David Lister, Chair of the Tech Partnership’s CIO Board, said, “Ensuring we have a robust pipeline of talent into digital careers is a concern for all employers. We are working with all levels of the education system to attract top quality candidates, with recruitment of girls and women a particular priority. I’m delighted that so many employers from across the economy are collaborating in this important work.”

Tech Partnership Chairman Phil Smith, CEO UK and Ireland, Cisco, added, “With digital increasingly powering the UK’s economic growth, it’s essential that employers have a coherent, well respected voice on digital skills, and the ability to collaborate on action that makes a real difference on the ground. The Partnership’s growth gives us the platform for real change. We look forward to continuing to work closely with government and other stakeholders to fulfil our common aspiration for a world leading digital skills base.”

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