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GUEST BLOG: Filling the gap for the digital economy
By Colin Mansell, Co-Founder and CEO of design and technology school RED Academy
The world is changing at an ever-increasing pace. Since the arrival of the internet, we have seen an acceleration in the development and adoption of new technologies, and the emergence of entire new industries as a result. According to an O2 report from 2015, 750,000 new jobs will be created in the UK tech sector by 2020, and 2.3 million people will need to be retrained.
As exciting as that is, this evolution is resulting in a well-publicised employment skills gap that is now a global issue. In August 2017, Forbes reported, “With more than 90 per cent of UK jobs requiring some level of IT competency and digital orientation, the so-called ‘digital skills gap’ is said to cost the UK economy more than £63 billion in lost additional GDP a year.”
This is a global issue, and it’s why we set up RED Academy, a design and tech school with campuses in London, Toronto and Vancouver. RED aims to address the skills gap by providing immersive training programmes in coding, digital marketing and user experience design. Our students learn while working on real-world projects with charities and impact-focused clients, providing that all-important hands-on experience that employers are looking for.
Most people think that getting a job in tech is all about developers, but actually almost every company now employs people in their marketing departments with digital marketing skills, and user experience design salaries in the UK have almost doubled in the past year, purely because of the imbalance between demand and supply.
The problem is that so many talented youngsters leave school and university lacking the digital skills that they need to deal with today’s demands, tools and technologies. But it’s a skills gap that can be bridged: the digital jobs and opportunities are all out there, and with access to accelerated education programmes, we hope to see more young people walking into them, and helping the UK’s digital economy to flourish as a result.
To find out more visit www.redacademy.com