Last night at the House of Lords, a consortium of universities and employers in the United Kingdom has been launched. It has been established to make sure that the development of the next generation of digital talent of the United Kingdom is at degree level and above.
The Institute of Coding (IoC) is aiming to unite the academics with the tech industry in order to spread digital skills training across the nations. It aims to tackle the areas that have strategic importance. The said mission will also aim to boost diversity and equality in the tech sector, making the courses available at apprenticeship, short course, and degree levels so that anyone would be able to apply.
The IoC is funded by the government through the Office for Students. It represents a public investment amounting to £20m. It was matched by an additional fund of £20m that were contributed by some partners.
The president of Tech UK, Jacqueline de Rojas, state: “With UK business leaders crying out for employees with the latest IT skills, the IoC is already helping companies to develop the technical capabilities of workers across the country.”
The tech scene of the United Kingdom remains to be vibrant post-Brexit, earning more in funding as compared to France, Sweden, and Germany combined.
De Rojas added: “Serving as a bridge between industry and academia, this organisation will enable companies to build workforces fit for the future, by offering opportunity to benefit from high-quality learning to everyone.”
The new body will also produce analysis, intelligence, and research as a part of its role in order to anticipate the future skills gaps in the workforce of the United Kingdom. The IoC is led by Dr Rachid Hourizi. It has already established a network of 60 businesses and 25 academic institutions to lead the courses.