When IT Meets Politics:

Digital skills

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May 21, 2017  9:39 AM

Looking behind the Digital Manifesto Bingo

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Digital skills, Labour, Libdem, techUK

I have been reading the Tech UK responses to the party manifestos. Their caution reflects the concerns of their larger members, particularly of currently dominant ISPs,...

October 28, 2016  11:08 AM

Brexit adds urgency to sorting UK skills supply

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, Brexit, Digital skills, Internet, parliament, SFA, Uncategorized

Calls for continued "freedom of movement" get enthusiastic support from IT industry audiences. The Parliament and the Internet Conference yesterday was no exception. But the Brexit vote was caused, in no small part, by nationwide frustration with...


June 13, 2016  5:16 PM

If there really is a Digital Skills Crisis why are we still pussyfooting?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprentice, BIS, Digital skills

This morning the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee released its report on the “Digital Skills Crisis”  This afternoon the House of Lords debated


June 13, 2016  3:49 PM

Is there really a Digital Skills Crisis?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, apprenticeships, BIS, Digital skills, European Commission, Pitcom, Trailblazer

This morning the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee released its report on the “Digital Skills Crisis”  This afternoon the House of Lords debated


May 21, 2016  12:37 PM

Envisioning the (collapse of confidence in) Global Information Society

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
confidence, Digital skills, Information security

It is 15 years since my submission for the Conference to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Leo, the first business computer was published. The task was to predict the world of business computing fifty year ahead. My entry was titled "Envisioning the Global Information Society". One development that...


December 28, 2015  6:49 PM

Why do we still have digital skills gap” when Harold Wilson identified both problem and solution?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, Contracts, Digital skills, Tata, Trailblazer

1.    Until earlier this year we were trapped in Groundhog Day

There have been regular enquiries into shortages of what we now call "digital skills" for 50 years.  A cyclical pattern was identified in the 1980s. Each recession after that of 1979 - 83...


December 14, 2015  12:26 PM

There are no shortages of digital skills, only of employers who train their staff

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data analytics, BIS, Bosch, commando, DCMS, Digital skills, e-skills, Fintech, Internet of Things, Smart phones, VW

This time last year the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills had collected over a thousand pages of evidence. Over Christmas the members ploughed through the evidence and in February they published


July 16, 2015  4:02 PM

Why is Computer Science degree worth 20% of History Degree to a man but twice as much to a woman?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, Digital skills, FE, IT skills, Shortages

As part of the follow up to my first blog on the effects on Digital Skills of the Spring Budget I have been looking at some of the back up material. I began with "Fixing the...

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July 13, 2015  12:35 PM

How do we ensure apprentice levies do not extend legacy of Industry Training Boards to digital?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Digital skills, MOOC


The recent tax changes to reduce the cost of employing apprentices deserved an unequivocal welcome . The reintroduction of training levies and grants, albeit confined to...


July 1, 2015  9:27 AM

Transforming participation in Digital Skills programmes by involving MPs

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, Digital skills, European Union, London

Redeploying welfare funding to support 3 million new apprenticeships was one of David Cameron's most highly publicized election pledges. We can expect to hear more in the budget this week....


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