At the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Prime Minister announced a new Institute of Coding which will bring together university, business and industry experts to tackle the UK’s digital skills gap. Having spoken this week in Parliament about the moral argument for ensuring there are no skills black spots on the UK map, it is essential that our workforce has the skills to seize the opportunities the new digital economy offers.
It is great to see that the University of the West of England has been selected as one of the university partners on this project and will receive a proportion of the £20 million funding.
Speaking about the project, Universities Minister Sam Gyimah MP said “The Institute of Coding will play a central role in this. Employers will have a tangible input to the curriculum, working hand-in-hand with universities to develop specialist skills in areas where they are needed most. As we have outlined in the Industrial Strategy, this is part of our ambition to embrace technological change and give us a more competitive edge in the future.”