Here in the UK we have a thriving tech sector, but despite this country’s best efforts, we haven’t yet reached the high points of America’s Silicon Valley. All that could soon be changing, with news that the British Government are backing a scheme to offer free digital courses.
The Digital Business Academy, which comprises of eight courses, is part of a campaign spearheaded by Baroness Shields, digital adviser to the Prime Minister. It’s hoped that by offering digital skills it will set the UK on course to establish a global technology powerhouse.
The scheme will allow anyone who wishes to start, grow or join a tech company to sign up. So far over 1000 people have put their name on the list, and that number is only going to grow as the country nurtures talent in the technology industry. It’s especially imperative to kick-start this concept as more and more employers demand their workforce to be skilled in the digital arts.
Baroness Shields, who is also chairman of Tech City UK, said, ‘Almost a third of all job growth in the past three years have come from digital businesses. The way the economy is moving, you’re going to have to dip in and out of education your whole life to stay relevant and keep your skills up. Gone are the days where you could get one degree and that’s it.’
News of the Digital Business Academy comes just days after a statement from technology organisation Tech London Advocates. The organisation, which studies and promotes the sector, has declared that: ‘Universities need to better prepare graduates for the digital economy and engage the private sector to ensure they are teaching relevant skills to meet demand. Investors and entrepreneurs need to be reassured that London has the talent to effectively scale technology businesses.’
Each of the eight courses, which focus on the digital side of topics such as marketing, business development and finance, will take between three and six weeks to complete and will be available from University College London and Cambridge University Judge Business School.
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