John Lewis tech apprenticeship scheme

In May, John Lewis announced that it was launching a tech apprenticeship scheme. ComputerWeekly quotes Paul Coby (IT Director) as saying “We’re seeing a real skills gap in young people where IT and technology are concerned”. John Lewis will train five apprentices in Java over an 18 month period.

In my opinion the shortage of skilled IT graduates, and I don’t mean the ability to use Word, Excel and Powerpoint, is a failing of the UK education system. It is not helped by the fact that so few women enter the IT industry in the UK. The problem starts before GCSEs and needs addressing urgently as the shortage of IT talent is hindering the growth of UK businesses.

The demand for IT talent in London in particular will only get worse as IT giants such as Facebook, Amazon, etc., all setup offices in London. This will likely result in IT salaries rising.

I started TechHuddle to help UK companies access lower cost IT talent in Eastern Europe. Our customers are from a range of sectors including, digital agencies, ecommerce, systems integrators, elearning, gaming, etc.


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