In the third of our series of comment pieces for techUK’s AI week, Rachel Neaman, Chief Executive Officer of Corsham Institute (Ci), reflects on the current interest in and potential impact of Artificial Intelligence, and why education, skills and lifelong learning will be critical for the future.
Digital skills are essential for all sectors of the economy, both to transform traditional businesses and address the productivity gap, as well as to harness the innovative potential of emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and the Internet of Things. Yet 52% of tech companies report that they have hard-to-fill vacancies and only 17% of the existing tech workforce are female. In this article, Tech Partnership’s Craig Hurring sets out seven ways these degree apprenticeships can transform the tech sector.
There is a wide body of material about the skills crisis facing the UK, especially for girls. Research from the Social Market Foundation & EDF (2017) shows that 640,000 STEM jobs will need to be filled in the next 6 years. Many of these jobs haven’t even been invented yet. Founders4Schools (F4S) works with educators, young people, employers and partners to help understand and close this gap.
The digital revolution is a global one – it has no national boundaries, it is irreversible and it is unstoppable. To fully reap the rewards of this transformation, we must become a nation of digital optimists and arm all our people with the digital skills to embrace and benefit from this revolution.