Institute of Coding adds 1,500 graduates to UK tech talent pool

As the first cohorts of the Institute of Coding’s (IOC) digital skills bootcamps wind down, more than a thousand skilled workers are expected to join the tech talent pool.

The IOC has claimed that as 40 cohorts complete their bootcamps over the next four months, 1,500 newly qualified people will be added to the UK’s tech sector.

Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer of FDM Group and Chair of the IoC Industry Advisory Board, said, “The technical and professional skills these graduates have acquired through their skills bootcamp will make them desirable candidates for many digital and tech roles that employers seek to fill.

“We are excited to see the contributions they will make and, furthermore, we would like to hear from employers about their needs so that we can continue to create new accessible pathways to employment and a stronger talent pool for the workforce. ‘industry. ”

Employers in the UK often complain about a technology skills gap, with a large number of IT managers saying that skills gaps in their departments have grown over the past five years.

Government-supported IoC bootcamps are free for learners and are run in partnership with universities, local authorities and employers across the UK to increase skills that match the real needs of the local tech sector. Each bootcamp was developed using the government’s employment plan, which was put in place to help employers upgrade their skills and hire people.

Areas such as data analytics, cloud computing, software development, data science DevOps, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), web development, cybersecurity are covered under the bootcamps, alongside basic digital skills, which many in the UK are still lacking.

The first cohort is expected to graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University – delivered in partnership with The HeroWorx, which specifically aims to increase the pool of talent from under-represented backgrounds in the tech industry – with each bootcamp taking 16 weeks.

Rob Aspin, Head of Manchester Metropolitan Skills Bootcamp, said: “Our Skills Bootcamp in Digital focuses on the key skills that we know are needed in the modern digital workplace, technical aspects such as programming, databases and cybersecurity, down to the key employability skills employers seek, including digital marketing, business and entrepreneurship, and employability. As a local consortium offering these bootcamps, covering both academic and business training providers, we have put all our experience in this area. ”

Just as many people in the UK do not have the basic digital skills needed for the modern workplace, many young people feel they lack the most advanced digital skills needed for work. – IoC said that 60% of people participating in its skills, bootcamps already have some kind of undergraduate or graduate degree and aim to retrain or acquire new skills before entering the market work.

Along with a lack of skilled talent, the UK’s tech sector has struggled to develop a more diverse workforce, with women making up only around 17% of IT specialists in the region.

The IoC has claimed that its bootcamps cater for 44% of female graduates and 37% of attendees are from groups that are under-represented in the UK tech sector.

This is just one of many initiatives in place across the UK to develop a more digitally skilled workforce, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak announcing several measures in the Autumn 2021 budget aimed at giving young people the skills they need. need for the future workplace, and to ensure that adults have access to continuous skills development.

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