In response to Government measures announced to support the tech industry, Jon Andrews, head of technology and investments at PwC, said:
“It’s great to see the Government’s commitment to creating a thriving technology industry right across the UK as a key part of its Industrial Strategy. This will be vital for the UK to continue to compete on the global technology stage post-Brexit and to help rebalance our economy.
“Skills are a crucial factor in our continued strive for innovation, and while the additional visas is a positive move we also need to grow and nurture our own talent. We should prioritise developing tech talent at a much earlier age and making sure that the industry appeals to, and is open to, all. There is a real opportunity for the industry, schools and universities to work together to get young people excited about the range of technology careers in today’s world. Creating a diverse and inclusive tech industry in the regions as well as London, will fuel the innovation of the future and position the UK as leading the field.
“The future success of the UK economy will rely not only on technology innovation, but crucially combining this with the right human insight and business understanding. At PwC we’re using the apprenticeship levy to fund technology degree apprenticeships in Birmingham and Leeds, which will give more young people the opportunity to develop their technology skills in an environment that will help them build the broader experience needed to position the UK's tech industry as world-class. Support for lifelong learning needs to be a crucial component of the government’s future skills strategy.”
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