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Patrick Beasley e-skills UK Achieving a Globally Competitive Workforce


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Achieving a Globally Competitive Workforce

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  • 1. The Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology Achieving a globally competitive IT workforce p Patrick Beasley Director of Learning Services Creating the skills for the digital economy Rated Outstanding – Sector Skills Councils Relicensing 2009
  • 2. Making economic winnersWill Hutton - Guardian“those that encourage and combine a strong academic sector with business and technological innovation – will emerge as winners”.Sep 27th, 2010
  • 3. GDP recovery y
  • 4. Role of IT WorkforceTo Lead on technological routes to business development p and therefore economic growth
  • 5. Goals • Innovation • Capability development p y p • Excellence in achievement • New business models • Organisational strategy Global competitiveness
  • 6. Action1.1 Equip the IT workforce to deliver real business advantage2. Increase the role of universities in this journey
  • 7. IT people & Degrees 40 35 30 25% 20 IT Staff Other sectors 15 10 5 0 Managers Professionals Technicians Assistants Data : e-skills UK 2010
  • 8. & Higher degrees 40 35 30 25% 20 IT Staff Other sectors 15 10 5 0 Managers Professionals Technicians Assistants Data : e-skills UK 2010
  • 9. IT low horizonWhy?• Above average number of graduates enter the workforce at QCF level 6……• Th spend th i careers d i t i i at Then d their doing training t QCF levels 3 and 4?• Far fewer postgraduate qualifications among IT professionals than other sectors?
  • 10. Opportunity• Raise the level of postgraduate learning• Redress the balance against compared to other sectors and professions• M k a significant diff Make i ifi t difference to the t th performance of IT organisations in the future
  • 11. Who?• Future influencers – Future managers g – Future architects – Future strategists – Future CIOs and board members…. People who will shape the future
  • 12. When? • Any time in career y • Career long learning • While working • Geared to individual potential
  • 13. Type of learning yp g• In the workplace – Work based learning – New models of blended learning – Individual learning contracts –E l Employer i involvement l t
  • 14. In SFIA terms• People at levels 5 – 7 need to have education to support their p pp position of significant influence• People at levels 1 - 4 need to be equipped to perform at a higher level when they reach roles at 5 and beyond
  • 15. What will happen?• Stimulate an increase in demand• Universities will raise their engagement with IT employers• M More postgraduate learning options will b t d t l i ti ill be available to the sector• More linkage with specific IT careers
  • 16. Other professions• Medical• Engineering• Accounting• Legal
  • 17. Medical• Medical profession uses postgraduate q qualifications to enable career development into specialist areas e.g. – Psychiatry – Oncology – Occupational medicine – Forensic mental health
  • 18. Engineering• Like Medicine postgraduate modules are available for career development e.g. p g• Loughborough University modules – P j t management Project t – Cost and value management – Managing construction organisations – Estimating and planning
  • 19. Accounting• Accounting is regulated and there is a strict requirement for CPD q• Examples of post graduate level CPD – St t i management and leadership Strategic t d l d hi – International accounting – Business information technology
  • 20. Legal• Legal profession is a good parallel because it is a very broad field as is the IT profession• Masters in Laws or LL.M qualification gives recognised skills to practise particular areas of g Law by selecting modules• Queen Mary College – Over 100 Specialist modules you combine to make a masters or diploma p
  • 21. IT• Lots MSc’s – Few in direct partnership with employers p p p y – Few linked to business and strategy• Need a better linkage for course purpose in career and organisational development
  • 22. The IT Disciplines• Do we need a better linkage and signposting of p g g p g postgraduate study to y support the disciplines within the IT profession?• Does the SFIA framework provide the necessary structure to organise learning and more defined career progression? p g
  • 23. Example programme
  • 24. Programme purpose• Fast track new entrants into IT• Provides key basis for future influence in organisational success 1. 1 Leadership d team-working L d hi and t ki 2. Business and strategy 3. Project and delivery 4. Change management– Better contribution quicker
  • 25. Employer involvement • British Airways * y • IBM * • BT • IPS * • Cabinet Office * • INQ Mobile * • Cancer Research • Lincolnshire Police * • CarPhone Warehouse * • Metropolitan Police * • Centrica * • Ministry of Justice * • DCSF * • National Archives • DfID * • National Grid * • DWP * • NHS Di t * Direct • EDS / HP • NHS Wales • FPS * • Oracle Consulting • GCHQ * • Royal Borough of Kensington • Home Office * • Sainsbury’s * • HMRC * • SFW • HM Prison Service * • Solution 7 * • HM Treasury * • Sussex HIS S • Hounslow PCT • Tata • TfL * Have bought places on the programme
  • 26. Programme Progression
  • 27. The vision• Raise uptake of postgraduate education in the IT workforce• Postgraduate education targeted at specific IT careers• Set employers needs at the heart of postgraduate courses for IT careers• Organise postgraduate education using SFIA to support career excellence
  • 28. The result• More competitive UK organisations underpinned by IT p y• IT careers mapped into disciplines by SFIA• The IT industry working together to raise the bar on educational attainment for careers