Large UK businesses say they, not the government, are responsible for developing the next generation of IT leaders.
At a meeting of 30 IT executives and 150 IT management students, senior representatives from Transport for London, Deloitte, Procter & Gamble and CA told Computerworld UK that attempts to fight a skills shortage depended on their own actions, though they wanted government support.
The event, at IT management software firm CA’s headquarters in Slough, was run by e-skills UK, which co-ordinates the IT Management for Business degree, a mixture of IT and management skills.
Phil Pavitt, chief information officer at Transport for London, which co-ordinates all of the capital’s public transport systems, said the government had “no idea” of the reality of IT recruitment.
“We need, as employers, to get down on the ground level to show students where they can work in IT, and the exciting things they can do,” he said.
Transport for London takes on 100 IT graduates each year, he said, but it remained “desperate to get people into IT”.
“There’s a real shortage of IT people who can speak to business executives that don’t know technology, and of IT people who can develop those relationships,” he said. The government needed to back employers who train IT graduates, he said.
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