This week, as part of National Coding Week, QA the UK’s leading tech training company, is donating a ‘Learn to Code’ video providing total beginners with basic coding skills to inspire people to give coding and mobile development a try. There are no barriers, no entry requirements, and is for all levels of skills.
QA trains apprentices, graduates and professionals right the way up to board level on technical and business skills, and they work with over 80% of FTSE 250 companies, as well as government and the public sector. It is evident that there is a digital skills crisis happening in the UK as we move through a period of rapid growth in technologies used by consumers and businesses.
The recent government ‘Digital Skills Crisis’ report stated that “12.6 million of the adult UK population lack basic digital skills. The digital skills gap is costing the UK economy an estimated £63 billion a year in lost additional GDP. Almost 50% of employers have a digital skills gap”.
Bill Walker, Director at QA, states “Unemployment in the UK is around 4.9%, but there is a huge demand for digital talent and so that skills gap needs bridging, and those who are unemployed could be inspired to get into coding and see if it is for them. We are supporting National Coding Week for adults – to inspire people to get coding using our free coding training video learning.”
Anthony Sherick, MD, Technojobs.co.uk explains “Mobile developer jobs are very much in demand in the UK. There is a significant skills gap in this sector due to the huge growth in mobile applications. For entry level candidates with a good grounding, you can expect to earn £25,000 as a starting point, according to data from Technojobs.co.uk. The average salary for a mobile developer with a few years good experience is £45,000 and a senior mobile developer will earn over £60,000. There are also great opportunities to earn higher through contracting. The explosive growth in digital and technology means there are currently fantastic career opportunities to exploit within mobile development.”
In a recent interview between QA and Friends Reunited developer and founder Steve Pankhurst, who sold his technology company and first ever social media platform to ITV for £30M, aims to inspire people into coding and stated the benefits of being a developer include “flexible hours, working remotely, anywhere at any time. And putting software out on the web that is used and makes a difference to people – the realisation that people use your systems for good is rather cool. The business side of software development is all encompassing now, from marketing, PR and social media. I don’t think there has ever been a more exciting time to be armed with IT skills – the variety of IT roles and companies is amazing!” [To read the rest of the interview click here: http://academy.qa.com/through-the-gateway-blog-steve-pankhurst/]
Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock showed his support for QA’s recent work getting over 10K young people into tech careers through training and their relationship with thousands of UK organisations, Hancock commented, “The UK’s digital economy is the largest and fastest growing in the G20 and employs more than 1.4 million people. It’s vital that our workforce is properly equipped with the necessary skills, and QA has done an incredible job in training 10,000 apprentices to date. These digital experts will provide a welcome boost to British business and help power the nation’s continuing economic growth.”
To get the FREE coding video please visit: http://bit.ly/2cRkU4T