Is Norfolk winning the race in ICT and digital skills?
There is an increasing demand for specialist skills. New Anglia's Digital Tech Sector Skills Plan estimates that 10,000 tech roles – both new and replacement of existing positions – will be needed in Norfolk and Suffolk by 2024. Employers continue to report ICT/Digital skills shortages, which are adversely affecting their business.
As a result, Norfolk County Council wants to better understand what skills shortages there are in Norfolk in ICT and Digital and are asking for feedback from businesses via a short online survey.
This survey will allow them to evidence anecdotal knowledge of employer need and solidify knowledge of employer-led demand for specific training. Without this evidence, it remains difficult for colleges and training providers to change or grow their provision, therefore this will help in delivering some targeted work with FE and HE providers and work collaboratively to support employer demand where possible.
Generating the evidence base around training/skills shortages is critical to future training provision. It will also ensure that the Skills team and stakeholders who are delivering the Sector Skills Plans are coming up with the right solutions to the most critical issues.
You have until midnight on Sunday 31 March to have your say in a short online survey.
Going forward over the next few months, Norfolk County Council would also like to develop some focus groups to look at more specific ICT and digital skills issues. If you would like to be part of these groups, please contact Nova Fairbank on email: firstname.lastname@example.org.