Investing In STEM In Schools Is Key To Closing The Digital Skills Gap
Today, the UK’s tech industry is facing a worrying digital skills gap, costing the economy £63 billion a year in lost GDP. Last year’s report from the Science and Technology Committee revealed that 12.6 million adults lack basic digital skills, while only 35 per cent of computer teachers in schools have a relevant degree.
However, there is also much promise, with productivity gap concerns finally sparking further investment in education and skills to combat the UK’s longer-term economic pressures. The key for closing our digital skills gap will be ensuring a significant portion of that investment goes towards STEM initiatives in schools. But where to invest?