e-skills is now a critical issue for UK and Europe

Lack of e-skills is a critical issue for the UK and for Europe.

I was fortunate to speak to the World Congress on IT in Amsterdam this week, on e-skills.  I took the opportunity to set out the work that e-skillsUK – the Sector Skills Council for IT – has achieved, how it does it and what we aim to do in the future – most notably around the new IT Academy, which will put structure and standards on IT professional skills.

Here is the presentation, which I hope speaks for itself: 

e-skills UK material for world congress on ITvFinal   

There was a great discussion about the various presentations from across Europe and from the European IT trade association. To my mind, two conclusions emerged:

First, that for Europe and member states to be competitive in the next decade of the 21st Century, we must ensure that we have the right IT skills in the IT profession itself, amongst leaders and senior executives in the public and private sectors. And across the workforce generally, we need the capability to use the IT which is so ubiquitous in the workplace these days.

Second, that although we could all see the strategic importance of e-skills for Europe’s economic and social development, this was an issue that we urgently needed to raise up the political agenda in Brussels, London and other European capitals.

About paulcoby
I am CIO at the John Lewis Partnership in the UK. I was Chair of SITA - the airline solutions company owned by the Air Transport Community - for 11 years. I am also on the Boards of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank and Pets at Home. Previously I was Head of BA Services and for 10 years CIO at British Airways. I am interested in Roman and Military History. The views expressed are entirely my own not my employers.

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