College aiming to address skills gap

Dundee & Angus College were praised by new report
Dundee & Angus College were praised by new report

D&A College aims to address a significant skills gap an industry skills gap – before it even occurs.

According to research, the UK is facing a skills shortages in digital technology and programming over the next five years.

The college, however, in partnership with SDS (Skills Development Scotland) and the Department of Work and Pensions, is launching a training programme aimed at unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds which should help take up the slack.

Starting next month, the programme is designed to enhance participants’ digital creativity and increase their chances of finding work in the IT industry – were it is estimated that 1.4 million professionals will be needed over the next five years.

The eight-week training package begins with four weeks at college where students will be introduced to basic digital skills including creating simple websites and short videos for the web.

Participants will then embark on a work placement with a relevant local company for three weeks before returning to the class for a final week.

The classroom training will take place at D&A College’s Gardyne Campus.

As well as gaining this vital hands-on experience with local employers, successful students will be awarded a Certificate in Enterprise and Employability.

Taking part in this initiative will not have an impact on benefits paid to those who receive them and some students could be eligible for a training allowance of £55 per week.

“This programme is a part of a UK-wide initiative developed by the BBC,” said Tom Black, employability team leader at the college.

“One of the huge advantages of a programme of this sort is that not only do the students have the chance to experience a real-live working environment but the get the chance to impress employers and show off their suitability.

“We only have 12 places available and they are filling up fast.”

Anyone interested in finding out more can call Tom on (01241) 432745, or Kathryn Simpson on (01382) 834897.