According to Capgemini UK Chairman Christine Hodgson, there is considerable variation in the level of digital skills education in UK schools.

To compound the problem, the rapid pace of change in technology means that schools often struggle to keep up with new developments. On top of this, the ever-growing need for digital skills in a wide-range of occupations and activities means that there is a risk of disenfranchising those who lack such skills. Christine suggested that employers should play a role in advising schools about the digital skills that industry needs.

Christine was speaking at The Prince’s Trust’s Technology Leaders Group meeting that took place last week at Capgemini offices. Some 50 guests from 25 organisations attended the session, which was facilitated by BBC news presenter Simon McCoy. The meeting’s keynote was delivered by Dan Levin, President and COO of Box, a fast-growing company that offers content management solutions.

Christine Hodgson and Simon McCoy

Reporting from the event, Computer Weekly wrote about the experiences of two young people, Eric Lawson and Kaher Khan, who recently completed the Get Started with Apps programme. Delivered by The Prince’s Trust and Capgemini as part of the Digital Partnership, the programme was designed to provide underprivileged young people with a strong foundation in digital skills.

Kaher Khan and Eric Lawson

Read Computer Weekly’s article to find out more about Eric’s and Kaher’s story.