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Training commitment required for IT funds, says DIUS
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
IT employers applying for government grants to help increase their recruitment, including providing graduate jobs, will have to make a commitment to skills training under new rules.
Announced last week by John Denham, of the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), the plans aim to ensure the £14 billion annual investment in the IT sector goes towards successful training of future talent.
e-skills, the Sector Skills Council for IT, said that the industry will need 131,000 new workers a year for the next decade and the majority of these will be graduates in needed of training and proficiency retention.
John Denham, skills secretary, said: "Wherever possible, government spending should not just provide good public services, it should also ensure young people are trained in the skills we need for the future."
A recent survey carried out by people assessment firm Talent Q, showed that 56 per cent of companies in the IT sector are looking to increase investment in graduate talent, according to Onrec.com.