The Corporate IT Forum represents 320 ICT user companies and supports over 10,000 ICT professionals. Members include some of the UK and the world's largest organisations with a collective spend on ICT of some 55 billion Euros per annum. As such, the Forum understands how important it is to ensure there is a highly educated ICT talent pool emerging from our schools, colleges and universities.
Forum members have reported their concerns about the shortage of ICT skills across different UK industries. A Reality Checker, "Skills Supply in IT", undertaken in May 2011, found the majority experience difficulty recruiting people into ICT departments with a good balance across technology, business and leadership skills.
Member organisations expect this trend to continue with growing e-skills shortages, gaps and mismatches in the near future. The situation is not improved by the growth of outsourcing, which has led to a decline in organisations' investment in personal development programmes of some critical skills that contribute to the ability to undertake higher-level ICT jobs.
Find out more about how The Corporate IT Forum is tackling the ICT skills shortage:
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Service Level Manager, Novae
"The people that you speak to at events face similar challenges to you but maybe they're six months ahead. Their valuable insight will make your journey easier and enable cost savings."
Information Architect, Government Agency
"Just wanted to say thanks; another great day where I have come out with more knowledge than I entered with. I have never not found a day interesting"
IT Support Manager, PR and Marketing Industry
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Systems Engineer, Central Government
"[The event] saved us £50,000, which we would have paid a consultant to tell us the same things"
Strategy Manager, Defence and Aerospace Industry
"The workshop validated the marketplace for supplier apps; participants were of a uniformly high standard; personally, I value highly the ethos of The Forum in the fact that it is supplier independent"
Development Officer, Local Government
"I have some key action/discussion points to take back to the business that will save us time and money"
Senior Analyst, Pharmaceutical Industry
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Project Officer, Charity Trust
"The Corporate IT Forum is a fantastic level check, free of vendor sell and consultancy hype. I like the open sharing of experience"
Head of Global Strategy & Architecture, Defence and Aerospace Industry
"[This is the] first time I've been in a room with so many business analysts, and a great opportunity to compare experiences across the discipline. [The] quality of conversation was also much higher than when on a training course." Business Analyst, Engineering Industry