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Your views wanted for e-skills vision


Views are being sought by e-skills UK for its vision for the UK to become a global leader in transforming business and adding value from technology.

It's seeking input from employers, educationalists and anyone else with an interest in the UK's IT and telecoms skills base.

The consultation, which is focused on five objectives - listed below - and approaches to address them, also contains key facts and targets.

Karen Price, CEO of e-skills UK, says the consultation is a vital part of developing a successful strategy: "Our job is to unite employers, educators and government to ensure the UK has the technology-related skills it needs to compete in the global economy. Effective partnerships are central to achieving this, and we value input from everyone with insight and views on the subject. This will help us to create a strategic plan which has widespread support and can make the biggest impact on UK productivity and competitiveness."

Comments are invited on a range of topics including: addressing the gender imbalance; updating the school curriculum; deepening links between industry and higher education; improving access to learning for IT professionals; supporting small companies and making the best use of public funding for training provision.

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The consultation runs until 27 June 2008.

The proposed strategic objectives to underpin this vision are:

* Sector attractiveness - improve the appeal of the diverse range of careers in IT & Telecoms, attracting talented men and women from all walks of life.

* Education - ensure technology-related education in schools, colleges and universities supports the future needs of the UK in the global economy.

* Workforce development - encourage investment in the development of the IT & Telecoms workforce to achieve the skills mix needed for global leadership.

* Business leaders - improve the ability of organisations in all sectors to derive business benefit from technology by increasing the strategic technology skills of business leaders and managers.

* IT user skills - ensure all individuals can develop the IT user skills they need for employment and social inclusion.


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