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The IT sector needs to change its image and create more opportunities if it wants to recruit more young people. We’re taking practical steps to make it happen.
The IT industry is facing a significant shortage of skilled people. Recruiting talented workers is difficult, expensive and time-consuming for companies of all sizes. IT is an exciting and innovative sector with a rock-solid future, so why are we struggling to find new recruits?
A survey carried out for insurer Prudential found that most Scottish school leavers think apprenticeships are largely in “male-dominated sectors such as construction, manufacturing, agriculture and IT”.
The same survey found that more than a third of parents believe apprenticeships are more suitable for boys than girls. And 68 per cent of 16-18 year olds – that is, potential apprentices – believe most apprenticeships are in roles that are heavily gender-specific.
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