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Opening of IT academy to help fill skills gap

Jamie Hepburn at opening
Jamie Hepburn at opening

Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn, officially opened an IT training academy in Glasgow which aims to plug the skills gap.

The FDM Glasgow Training Academy has already created 120 jobs in the sector and expects to create at least 200 by the end of the year. An additional 80 full time jobs will be provided to ex-forces personnel.

More than 140 guests attended the opening including MPs and MSPs and the Leader of Glasgow City Council Frank McAveety.

The academy has been set up to help meet an estimated demand for 11,000 digital workers each year Scotland. With the digital and ICT sector contributing over £4 billion to the Scottish economy, many companies of all sizes are reporting difficulties in recruiting the digital talent that they need.

Attendees heard how FDM will be recruiting graduates from a range of degree backgrounds as well as those who have left the armed forces, providing them with high level technical training and full time employment as IT or business consultants with their client base.  

Chief Executive, Rod Flavell said: “If Scotland’s fast growing technology sector is not to be held back by skill shortages, it is important that the country retains graduates and others through giving them the training required to meet the demands of the sector.

“We look forward to working with the country’s higher education establishments, businesses and the public sector to seek to match supply with demand, placing hundreds of people in jobs in the IT sector.”

 Mr Hepburn said: “It is vitally important that our future workforce is equipped with the necessary skills to embrace the career opportunities of the digital revolution. The work at the FDM Group is a great example of how we can help people prepare for such opportunities, whilst working to reduce both the digital skills and gender gap across many sectors of the economy.”

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