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Sunday, January 22, 2017

How can we reverse the digital skills gap? | The Open University

The talent pipeline – high on the agenda for HR and L&D professionals but something that is probably causing a few headaches, particularly when filling digital and technical roles.

The problem: high-level skills are in demand but short in supply. Something which, according to the CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2016, a staggering 69% of employers are not confident will improve.

So what’s the key to delivering high-level, work-ready skills for businesses?

Read the article 'How can we reverse the digital skills gap?' to find out below. 


There’s been much debate in recent years about the growing digital skills gap and the negative impact is having on business – particularly the ability to innovate and grow.

Part of the dialogue focuses on the automation of current jobs – as according to the Select Committee Report on digital skills, economists estimate that 35% of current jobs in the UK could become automated over the next two decades.[1]

Some of the focus is on how we are already feeling the effects in the workplace, highlighting cyber security systems, mobile computing, cloud computing and data analytics as the most in-demand skill areas we’re currently facing.

And there’s even been some speculation on future skills needs – as according to the World Economic Forum, it’s estimated that 65% of children entering primary school today will likely work in roles in the future that don’t currently exist now.[2]

Shifting skills needs
Whatever your own views are on the seriousness of these impacts and implications, it’s difficult to ignore the changes that are happening in the world around us. Whether we’re working in healthcare, financial services or consumer goods, skills needs are shifting and jobs are evolving in response to advancing technology and the new opportunities it presents.
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Source: The Open University


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