“Tech used to be about setting up a website, getting 1,000 users and going from there. Today, you need teams of engineers constantly delivering products and features.”

As noted in Tech Nation Report 2021, reskilling and upskilling the workforce will be necessary to plug the digital skills gap and grow the UK economy.

We asked tech sector delegates at 11 UK roundtables their thoughts on how to combat a looming digital skills shortage.

It was a fascinating discussion with an eclectic mix of ideas. The topic of diversity frequently came to the fore.

The head of an all-girls’ school in the South East said that their school was unable to run an A-Level Computing course because fewer than four students express an interest in taking it each year.

“Our students don’t realise they have basic skills that could be transferred into tech,” they said.

“Many of them don’t choose tech-related work experience, and a more effective approach may be to get academics, founders and employers to come into schools and talk so they get a better understanding of the opportunities and roles available.”

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