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Building Digital Talent – an L&D outlook

The digital skills crisis is growing, and current figures indicate that there will be more than 1.2 million unfilled ICT jobs in the western world by 2020. The reason for this gap? There are not enough digitally skilled workers to fill the needs of the ever-evolving digital landscape. One way of dealing with this? Building digital talent from within.

Code Institute’s white paper, “The Digital Skills Crisis – Time to Act”, highlights that 40% of employers find it difficult to hire ICT staff. While Human Resource departments try and attract digitally skilled staff into your workforce, Learning and Development pioneers have already started closing the gap by upskilling and retraining their employees from within the organisation.

Building Digital Talent – the right way

Many learning and development teams do offer training to their staff; however, studies have shown that what is on offer can often be inadequate. According to a PwC report, 74% of employees are ready to “re-train to remain employable in the future.”

Image shows person holding a tablet to mimic building digital talent. The quote says that 74% of employees are ready to learn new skills or completely retrain in order to remain employable in the future.

Code Institute’s recent Digital Employee survey found that while 66% of people have been offered training in their job, a vast majority (60%) saw what was offered to be “less than good”. In a recent interview with Damian Meere, BT’s Technical Training Lead, he highlighted how some training just wasn’t realistic enough. “It can be difficult to land staff into a course and say, we’re going to do a one-week crash course, and then expect them to run from there. That can be really difficult. We can’t expect staff to be experts after a week-long course. It’s not going to cut it”.

BT & Code Institute

BT’s training team currently work with Code Institute. Damian Meere’s department is presently upskilling many of its existing staff in the software development language of Python. BT’s technical training team have examined many ways of upskilling their staff. They understand that a one-week crash course is often not the way to approach learning with technical languages. Every quarter, they enrol a team of engineers on Code Institute’s programme. Each member of staff gets 12 months to complete the programme. Because the course is online, employees can choose to complete it in their own time. This works well for both BT and their staff. From BT’s perspective, they get their staff upskilled in Python, which is extremely important to network communications. Similarly, the team receives better training, which puts their careers in a much better and investible position.

With this partnership, BT can cancel out part of their internal skills shortage by upskilling and reskilling existing staff. As a result, it eases some of the woes and pressure on HR departments. In addition, reskilling of current staff adds the benefit of these workers already fitting-in to the organisation and understanding your organisation.

Graduates of Code Institute’s online Full Stack Software Development programme are awarded a globally recognised Diploma in Software Development which is credit-rated by Edinburgh Napier University. Also, the programme is approved by a growing list of Government bodies in Ireland, Singapore, Sweden and North America.

Building Digital Talent – Time to Act

Now is the time to act on the digital skills crisis. Contact our partner team today. See how Code Institute’s Full Stack in Software Development can help fill your company’s digital skills gap. Furthermore, a copy of our white paper, “Digital Skills Crisis – Time to Act”, is available through the form below.