Talent Keynote

13:30-14:20

Jacqueline de Rojas will talk about:

  • The UK tech sector faces a triple hit on digital skills. Alongside the existing digital skills gap in the UK, significant uncertainty on the access to EU talent, and new restrictions to hiring non-EEA workers introduced in April 2017 risk hindering growth. The dynamism of the sector means tech creates new jobs at nearly three times the rate of the rest of the economy, and demand far outstrips supply.
  • To capitalise on the next wave of digital growth, we must become digital nation of significance, including all geographies and demographics across the UK.
  • Developing the digital skills of citizens across the UK is not just vital to the tech sector – but across all sectors as the economy becomes increasingly digitised. This is also key for the future of work.
  • Gender parity through the pipeline starting at schools through to retention and progression is a key issue, as is lifelong learning. We must ensure that no one is left behind.
  • To ensure the digital revolution benefits UK workers, we need to rethink education so the future workforce is equipped with the right skills and people have meaningful lifelong learning opportunities, providing them with the tools to work in the 21st century. To start, we need to reform the apprenticeship levy.
  • Industry, academia and Government must all work together in bridging the digital skills gap, an important element of this will be engaging and diversifying our talent bank, creating practical routes to employment for skilled workers from all walks of life.
  • Throughout the speech, Jacqueline will make reference to particular opportunities that stand out for Wales too. 
18 - 19 Sept 2017
Tramshed Tech, Cardiff
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