Working to solve skills deficit

The jobs of tomorrow are here today, and the technology sector offers great opportunities to people at all levels – from school leavers and graduates to people who have worked in other professions but are seeking new skills for the future.

Software and cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, data analysis, and the Internet of Things – working lives are increasingly digitally-dominated and it means that career opportunities in the sector are out there.

Clark IT is helping to nurture the next generation of talent by investing in school leavers and young people by offering apprenticeships and training.

The latest is Arran Carroll who joined us from Turriff Academy as an apprentice engineer.

Arran (18) has settled into the role of apprentice IT engineer, gaining on-the-job training and experience as well as structured training as part of his modern apprenticeship.

Arran is already demonstrating his worth to the business and it’s great to be able to open the door to school leavers keen to work in the sector.

It’s a small but important step towards encouraging young people to enter the technology field, but far more must be done to attract qualified people into jobs.

Without new blood, firms simply will not be able to develop their expertise in the fast-paced tech disciplines.

We’re fortunate having a skilled team of tech-enabled staff but each time we advertise a vacancy, we’re find it increasingly challenging to source people with the right skillset.

The industry, as a whole, will find it hard to grow without the right employees.

There might not be any quick fix solutions to plugging the skills gap, but there is hope. The problem has been recognised by the government and industry bodies and they are actively seeking solutions and schemes which may assist.

With secondary schools across Scotland looking towards the summer holidays, and leavers set to embark on their studies or first jobs, they should be mindful of opportunities that are available at technology companies.

And for those who come from a different career background and considering a change in direction or retraining, it’s an industry that offers stability and progression.

Across the industry we need to fill the jobs that are integral to the field with people who have the right technical knowledge and expertise.

Clark IT employs 20 people and specialises in cybersecurity, cloud services and IT support to clients across Scotland in a range of sectors, including professional services, agri-sector, hospitality, retail and engineering.