In recent years, the digital landscape has undergone a seismic shift, with emerging technologies such as AI, cloud computing, and robotics taking centre stage. Yet, despite the increasing reliance on these technologies, there’s a concerning trend: a widening digital skills gap.
A study by the Learning & Work Institute highlighted a startling decline – a 40% drop since 2015 in the number of young individuals pursuing IT subjects at the GCSE level. This decline is juxtaposed with a report from Accenture, indicating a soaring demand for skills in AI, cloud, and robotics.
At Greystone, this trend hasn’t gone unnoticed. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a surge in demand for our expertise, spanning not just traditional IT services but also our custom software solutions. It’s evident that irrespective of the industry, the integration and application of technology have become paramount.
Interestingly, 70% of the youth anticipate employers to bridge this skills gap, expecting them to provide the necessary digital training upon employment. However, a mere 50% of employers feel prepared to offer such training.
So, what’s causing this disconnect? Why are young talents, despite recognizing the importance of digital skills, hesitant to dive into tech-centric careers? The Learning & Work Institute’s report sheds light on a few barriers:
Ambiguity in Job Roles
A lack of clarity in job descriptions and roles in the tech domain.
Unclear Career Trajectories
A limited understanding of the potential growth and opportunities in tech.
The Role Model Dilemma
An absence of relatable figures in the tech world to inspire and guide.
Challenges in making tech roles appealing, especially to diverse groups including women.
At Greystone, we’re on a mission to change this narrative. We believe in nurturing talent, fostering a culture of continuous learning, and providing a supportive environment where individuals can thrive. Our team is a testament to the diverse opportunities the tech world offers, and we’re always on the lookout for passionate individuals eager to make their mark.
We operate across a variety of sectors, including:
- Wholesale and Delivery
- Pharmaceutical Marketing
- Medical Research
- Medical Insurance
- Tech/Web Marketing
- Care Homes
- B2B and B2C E-commerce
For those considering a career in IT, here are some essential skills to hone:
Adaptability – The tech world is ever-evolving. Being adaptable ensures you stay relevant.
Problem-Solving – IT is all about finding solutions to complex challenges.
Continuous Learning – Stay updated with the latest trends and technologies.
Collaboration – Teamwork makes the dream work, especially in tech projects.
The digital skills gap is a challenge, but it’s also an opportunity. An opportunity for individuals to step up, for businesses like Greystone to mentor, and for the industry to flourish. Together, we can ensure that the future is not just digital but also inclusive and diverse.