The Department of Education is aiming to tap into the captive audience of British consumers in lockdown with the launch of a free online learning platform - run by Google, the Institute of Coding and the Open University, among others - to improve the nation’s digital skills.
Eighteen UK universities - from Birmingham and Newcastle to Sussex and Suffolk - have been handed £13 million in funding to launch postgraduate conversion courses in artificial intelligence and data science in a drive to increase the number of graduates embracing up the disciplines over the next three years.
Despite the best efforts of Government, tech industry bodies and initiatives like the Female Lead and Women in Data, females in the technology industry still earn nearly a fifth less than their male counterparts, suggesting battles for equality rage on but the war is far from won.
Data science and cybersecurity are among the key tenets of a new PhD programme, backed to the tune of £179m, which is part of a UK Government initiative designed to enhance research in key science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields.
Government, business and academia are talking a good game when it comes to tackling the digital skills shortage but now there is a new menace on the market, with a lack of deep learning skills threatening to put the kibosh on widescale adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Public sector organisations have long recognised the potential of cloud services - especially for digital transformation - but are still being held back by a raft of potentially turbulent issues, from a lack of policy and skills to fears over data security and flexibility, according to a new study.
The Government is being urged to ramp up the adoption of technology in schools, for both teachers and pupils alike, on the back of a new study which shows nearly half of all schools have low levels of digital proficiency and are not tapping into the benefits tech can bring to the learning process.
The vast majority of business chiefs around the world are out of touch with what it takes to lead effectively and for their businesses to stay competitive in the digital economy, with reliance on antiquated leadership approaches undermining organisational performance.
The quest to find and recruit data professionals shows no sign of easing in London with new figures showing data roles are growing faster than any other profession, up 92% in the past 12 months alone, despite a year which was dominated by Brexit-related political and economic uncertainty.