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Return to School Provides Concerning Reminder about Lack of STEM Skills

Friday 23 September 2016

According to government figures the UK will need over half a million additional workers in the digital sector by 2020. But delivering this is not going to be easy. 

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As the new school year begins UK businesses are calling on the government to do more to encourage young people in STEM. Research commissioned by IP EXPO Europe revealed that 70% of IT decision makers in the UK believe the government is lagging behind in encouraging young people into STEM. The introduction of an overhauled IT program in schools has been a good start but it can’t stop here.

In partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), this year’s IP EXPO Europe will run a series of exclusive seminars focusing on the future of computing and the importance of STEM skills. The UK is producing some of the most innovative technology companies in the world and it’s where many international firms choose to base European Headquarters. HPE will be bringing its knowledge and experience to help address how we continue to hold this position, nurturing talent in pupils throughout their education and ensuring that they are learning the right skills and continuing to progress so that we can future proof the UK IT industry.

“With the UK's economic success increasingly dependent on the digital fluency of its citizens, the importance of STEM skills is only going to grow,” commented Marc Waters, MD for UK and Ireland at HPE. “At HPE we support a whole spectrum of initiatives that span primary, secondary and higher education in order to promote interest in STEM subjects and technology as a whole. During IP EXPO Europe we’ll be bringing together influential figures from across the industry to work out what we can do collectively to empower young talent to pursue STEM education and careers in technology.”

According to 54% of IT decision makers the most in demand technology STEM skills are related to cyber security and coding, no surprise when the former is a result of the ever broadening cyber threat landscape and the latter is the foundation of nearly all the software we use. However, of those surveyed by IP EXPO Europe, 40% believe today’s graduates do not have enough experience such as apprenticeships and work-study before entering the workplace. So it’s crucial that as students’ progress into higher education there’s considerations into how specialist skills are taught.

The rate of technology evolution in organisations is also causing issues for STEM skills development as, according to 34% of IT decision makers, school curriculums aren’t able to keep up with the changing technology used in businesses, leaving graduates with obsolete skills.

With STEM set to have an even bigger impact on the UK technology industry in the years to come, IP EXPO Europe 2016, held on 5th & 6th October at ExCeL, in partnership with HPE will be providing a forum for discussion on the topic, asking attendees and exhibitors to consider what they can be doing to help boost industry skills. Throughout the two-day event, HPE will also discuss evolutions in the technology industry and their state-of-the-art technology in a series of seminars focused on business transformation alongside demonstrations at their stand.

To register for free for IP EXPO Europe 2016, please visit: www.ipexpoeurope.com.

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