Lloyds Banking Group is ramping up its plans to transform customers’ digital experience for customers of its four brands - Lloyds Bank, Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Scottish Widows - by launching a major recruitment drive for a new technology hub to be set up in Edinburgh.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has secured a deal with social charity Good Things Foundation as part of plans to help people without digital skills to complete the "digital first" Census in England and Wales, taking place in 2021.
The Government is ramping up its commitment to tackle the digital skills shortage by offering a series of free courses to thousands of people in an effort to help the one on five adults in the UK who have no or low basic digital skills.
Microsoft is stepping up its efforts to tackle the tech skills gap by launching new partnerships with three UK universities - as well as two colleges in the US - to offer a number of programmes, including courses on AI, data science, cyber security, and computer science.
The Ministry of Defence is stepping up its recruitment drive to attract data science and cyber security professionals by launching an online game as part of plans to recruit 60 staff to work at the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
Almost half (43%) of IT decision makers in Ireland’s largest financial services companies believe that AI will transform the industry in the next decade, but over a quarter (27%) admit that their infrastructure is not ready for the transformation.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning have been identified as the most important areas organisations must develop staff skills in, but most admit they are struggling to find staff with the right expertise to fulfill these roles.