The way that our schools teach IT is changing. For a good many years, people have bemoaned that the UK education system does not prioritise the types of skills that are prized within actual working environments, and the IT industry hasn’t been an exception to this pattern.
Plenty of analysts have claimed that the IT curriculum within schools was relatively unhelpful with regards to actually finding jobs within an IT environment, and in response to these accusations, the existing curriculum was actually abolished, leaving returning school children to get to grips with an entirely new way of teaching IT.
The New IT Curriculum
According to the BBC, the new IT teaching curriculum will focus more on programming or ‘coding’, and, surprisingly for some, it will start to be introduced with instant effect even within very young age groups. Children from 5 years old and upwards will all have access to these new techniques, which suggests that the next generation of IT professionals will have been prepared for their vocational roles far more rigorously.
Under the new curriculum, school pupils aged between 5 and 7 years will be required to:
- Understand algorithms.
- Create, work with and predict the behaviour of basic programs.
Clearly, this is a huge departure from simple tuition within the realms of Microsoft Office and the like, and some establishments are likely to find the transition to the latest curriculum difficult. The fact is that many school teachers are relatively unsure about many IT issues which would be thought of as being fairly rudimentary in common circles, so the adjustments to the curriculum could prove to be challenging for staff as well as students.
The UK Job Scene for IT
Some IT teachers have stated that the ushering in of an entirely new IT curriculum was an over-reaction, but according to many reports in the IT recruitment sector it is likely to be a good idea in the long term. Although the idea of 6 year olds learning to program may seem rather extreme, a high percentage of employers (at least a third) are almost resigned to the fact that their technical or IT vacancies will be filled by under-qualified individuals, so clearly something needs to be done.
These figures can be viewed on sources like Contractor UK, and ‘below-par’ IT professionals seem to be worryingly common in UK society. Unlike many other professional sectors, the vacancies are absolutely there to be filled, but the candidate pool can be lacking; a fact that can create problems for business IT. As such, even though it may seem to be rather an upheaval, the new curriculum could well be just what the IT industry needs.
Here at Sigma I. S. Recruitment, we fully understand the issues that many businesses are having when it comes to the recruitment of IT professionals, and we certainly think that the newly introduced way of teaching IT could pay dividends in the future. However, if you’re representing a business that is struggling to recruit suitable candidates in the here-and-now, then we are well placed to help. We specialise in finding the ideal candidates for a variety of IT jobs in London and have a proven track record for placing the right professionals in the correct positions.
The new curriculum may well yield a new generation of IT professionals who can boast the exact skills that you seek, but with our help, you’ll find that the perfect candidates can also be found right now, so there’s no need to wait. For further information, contact us now by calling 020 7281 0934 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll always be happy to help.