Lack of tech skills and abilities needed from firms

Lack of tech skills and abilities needed from firms

Many tech graduates face unemployment because their skills do not meet employers’ requirements, according to experts at Change Catalyst’s London Tech Inclusion event.

At the event, representatives of the technology and education sector claimed that the industry is not communicating properly in regards to what it needs from graduates, leaving many out of a job as the skills gap looms.

Alex Bailey, B2B marketing specialist at Maker’s Academy, said barriers that arise during the hiring process, such as programmers requiring particular programming languages, a degree in a specialised subject or a certain amount of experience are “excluding” talented people from the industry.

Bailey said firms need to “speak to someone who knows how to get rid of those unconscious biases in the tech recruitment process”.

IT graduates often face high levels of unemployment, despite firms being on the lookout for technology graduates to fill the skills gap.

Bailey said that computer science graduates are becoming “very unemployable”, perhaps because of the focus on theory during their computer science education, leaving out some other skills required in tech roles.

Bailey said: “After six months [of leaving university], they are the highest unemployed group out of any other degree.

“There is a huge disconnect there.”

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