Mon. Nov 19th, 2018

Greater push needed for Jersey digital skills

Digital Jersey recently commissioned research from the University of Exeter to find out the digital skills needed in Jersey by the local industry.

One of the findings of the strategy research was that there is a big gap between what students perceive the digital sector is and the reality that it isn’t just about coding.

A new digital skills brochure was published to showcase the various roles within the industry and are working on a digital shadow scheme.

James Linder, Policy Manager for Digital Jersey said: “Another area I’ve been pushing for is to encourage more digital opportunities in the Trident work experience scheme.

“Fourteen year olds take two or three week work placements and this is an excellent opportunity to sell your company to the future work force. One of our digital members, Codentia, took a Trident student and were so impressed, they ended up employing them over the summer holidays too.”

Digital Jersey are also working towards the creation of a Digital Enterprise Academy. Mr Lander said: “The more hands on our industry is with students, the more engaged and enthusiastic they will be in looking at digital for their careers.”

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