MPs and Lords appointed to champion IT skills and jobs growth

A group of MPs and Lords have agreed to become the first "Digital Industries Ambassadors" through e-skills UK, the employer-led body responsible for the UK’s technology skills.

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A group of MPs and Lords have agreed to become the first "Digital Industries Ambassadors" through e-skills UK, the employer-led body responsible for the UK’s technology skills.

The parliamentarians will promote digitally-enabled growth and job opportunities for young people.

The 14 MPs represent constituencies from the four nations of the UK and include members of the governing parties, alongside representatives of the official opposition. They include David Willetts, minister for universities and science, and Matthew Hancock, minister for skills and enterprise.

The peers are Lord Harris of Haringey, Lord Aberdare and Lord O’Neill of Clackmannan.

Willetts said: "The tech sector and digital skills are critical to growth right across the economy and we must ensure this delivers new skills and job opportunities for young people across the UK.

"Employers are already collaborating through e-skills UK to make this the best place in the world for digital capability, and I welcome the opportunity to champion the sector’s work as a Digital Industries Ambassador.”

Karen Price, CEO of e-skills UK, said: “I am delighted that 17 parliamentarians from such a range of backgrounds and locations have shown the high value they place on the UK technology sector by becoming a Digital Industries Ambassador.

"I’m excited to work with the Ambassadors to build on the achievements of the digital industries in cities and constituencies across the UK.”

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