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Addressing the IT skills shortage for successful digital transformation
Fri, 27th Oct 2023

The recent deficit of proficient IT professionals has created obstacles for companies in pursuit of digital transformation. A significant challenge for these businesses remains sourcing skilled IT personnel, according to Jim Cassidy, CEO of Code Institute. He also provides proactive solutions to close the digital skills gap effectively.

Recent reports have manifested a crucial lack of digital skills within the UK's IT sector, with software development being one of the most affected areas. In light of this, Cassidy suggests that diverse factors contribute to these skills shortages, expounding, "Some of the most prominent challenges for companies include finding qualified candidates and keeping up with ongoing technological advancements. The evolving nature of technology often surpasses traditional education and training programmes, creating a chasm between the skills employers seek and the qualifications candidates possess."

When considering the impact of these skill gaps, businesses endure aderenda in their progress. Many struggle to discern and onboard the apt talent, thereby imposing more substantial workloads on current employees. Subsequently, this leads to escalated work-related stress levels ultimately obstructing the smooth implementation of digital transformation initiatives.

Furthermore, advancements in transformative technologies, like AI, continue to stimulate a demand for IT skills among employees. Therefore, forecasts predict the European AI and Machine Learning (ML) market to grow by an astounding 40% annually between now and 2028. This expansion delineates the increasing adoption of AI solutions by businesses aiming to boost productivity and competitiveness, and thereby re-emphasises the need for individuals who can design, implement, and preserve these technologies.

Addressing these challenges, Cassidy advocates for a comprehensive strategy, including flexible upskilling. A primary aspect of this approach involves capacitating current employees with custom-made training programmes. These programmes intend to improve versatility and thereby enable them to bridge the existing skills gaps. Cassidy endorsed, "Upskilling ensures that employees maintain competitiveness in an ever-changing job market, enhancing their overall job security. Concentrating on professional development benefits individual employees and contributes to a company's long-term success by cultivating an adaptable workforce capable of navigating various industry challenges and innovations."

"Enterprises should prioritise candidates ready for the industry. They must collaborate with online vocational partners relevant to their sector," Cassidy suggested further. This would empower enterprises to access a versatile mix of digital talent and nurture their workforce effectively. Organisations can also foster an environment that promotes ongoing learning and development through providing support for retraining, lifelong learning programmes, boot camps, and part-time online courses for individuals seeking a career change.

Failure to bridge the skills gap could lead to significant backlashes for businesses and the broader economy. Organisations should actively address this issue to secure their long-term economic prospects through flexible upskilling, meticulous recruitment, and continuous career development, Cassidy concluded.

About Code Institute: Code Institute is recognised by the industry as the gold-standard in career conversion. Headquarted in Ireland, the global EdTech company has redrafted the slow and antiquated guidelines when it comes to delivering software development skills.