Why the World Desperately Needs More Data Scientists
12 Aug 21
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Categories: Computing, Undergradute
A study carried out by a think tank on behalf of The Learning & Work Institute has recently highlighted an alarming scenario that could play out in the UK, with regard to a shortage of digital and computer skills if something isn’t done, and soon. Since 2015, the number of young people who have elected to take IT subjects at GCSE level has dropped by a staggering 40%. When this figure is considered in respect of the increased demand that consulting companies are seeing for skills in robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cloud Computing, it all points to one thing - not enough people with the necessary skills to fill these gaps in the job market.
As we begin to slowly move out of the pandemic, digital and computer skills are particularly important to our economic recovery, so this shortfall could strike a devastating blow to the economy.
The research by The Learning & Work Institute revealed that as many as 70% of young people believed that employers would invest in on the job training for the digital skills that are needed. However, only around 50% of employers are actually in a position to do this. In fact, a significant number of employers are of the belief that there is simply not a sufficient level of digital skills amongst those young people leaving full-time education.
Why is there such a shortage?
There are four significant reasons why it is thought we are facing a growing shortage of digital and computer skills here in the UK:
There is a lack of guidance and understanding regarding potential career paths at a school level
There is a shortage of relatable role models
Job roles in particular fields are not as clearly defined as they could be
There is a particular difficulty in making technical roles appear appealing to young people, particularly females
If this lack of understanding regarding such a significant field in the job market begins in schools, then there are opportunities that are being missed at the earliest possible level. Whether this can be plugged by better careers advice within schools that highlights the value of studying Computing courses or through employers being invited into schools to talk to pupils about the wealth of job opportunities that exist within the field of IT, it’s clear something needs to be done.
To ensure that this possible future talent pool is nurtured and directed, employers need to act now. One thing is very clear; if they do not, then the number of young people with the necessary IT skills entering the job market in the not too distant future will have their pick of the roles available. And those employers who are able to offer the best financial remuneration will be able to attract those with the qualifications, computer skills and experience, leaving other companies with gaps in their workforce.
The way forward – Computing Courses at the University of Bolton
For those students who are looking to choose subjects that could lead to an exciting and fulfilling career, and one that could be very well paid too, computing courses could certainly be a great consideration.
Here at the University of Bolton, we have a variety of on offer, which could lead to extremely rewarding careers in AI, Robotics and Cloud Computing. Whether you opt for a computing degree with an industrial placement or wish to specialise in Cyber Security or Software Engineering, our state-of-the-art facilities and inspiring educators provide the perfect base for further education in an industry that could soon be clamouring for your digital skills.
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If you’d like to learn more about our Computing courses, or the University itself, we’d be glad to talk to you. You can reach our friendly advisors on +44 (0)1204 900 600.
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