Digital Skills Group Meeting

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Date(s) - 09/07/2015
14:00 - 16:00

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LAUNCH OF EXERCISE TO RECRUIT PARLIAMENTARY DIGITAL SKILLS AMBASSADORS
THURSDAY 9 JULY 2015, 14.00-16.00

In his first post-election address, the Prime Minister repeated his pledge of 3 million additional apprenticeship jobs over the next few years. Almost all of these will need a digital component. Delivery will not be easy but the good news is that the Tech Partnership now has the active support and participation of over 500 employers, including DPA members, for a comprehensive national programme of activities.

But there are considerable variations in both the demand for and supply of digital skills. Different technology clusters have different needs and almost every skilled trade now has a digital component. National programmes need local implementation in order to produce results on the scale necessary.

On the 9th July the DPA Skills working group is helping launch an exercise to identify MPs willing to help publicise and support digital skills programmes to help those in their own constituencies to prepare for the jobs of the future, and ensure that their local employers (of all sizes) have access to the skills of the future.

From 14.00 onwards there will be short presentations of the current and planned programmes, and the opportunities for local involvement, followed by statements of support. More information, including links to the material to be presented, is being made available via http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/when-it-meets-politics/2015/07/transforming-participation-in.html.

We have a limited number of places available for those not already active in the Skills working group who are already involved with or planning exercises for which they would welcome support from constituency MPs: from schools programmes and careers activities, through internships, apprenticeships and partnerships with colleges and universities to professional development and returner programmes.

If you are able to join us, please email [email protected] with a note, and/or links to, material on your activities so that we can include these in the back-up material.

If you are not able to join us, but would like to get involved in the follow up, please let us know.

This is not an occasion for discussing problems, or what someone else should do. That will come later when we have a suitable cadre of MPs wishing to see the removal of obstacles to the progress of activities that they have agreed to champion.