The Reality of the

Skills Gap

There is a growing message being emphasised within the British workplace, and it is that there is a war for talent. Over the last half-decade the economy has clawed its way from the precipice and finally seems to be gaining a momentum that rivals its previous heights. This tangible economic climate impacts on businesses globally with encouraging signs of continued growth, which in turn gives confidence and the need to expand workforces.

At the same time there are constant and dramatic advances in technology that are driving the modern era of virtual business. We are evolving our understanding of what it means to work within all industries. The aging and experienced workforce that have been the backbone of industry for so long are lacking in the new skills that are driving forward innovation; flip the coin and the young aspirants fresh from university are naturally saturated with knowledge of modern technology and some of the skill required to bend it to their will — but unfortunately are seriously lacking in confidence, basic business acumen, communication skills, and real world experience.

The necessity of addressing this ‘Skills Gap’ has been amplified recently by a call to arms from the Department for Education, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the House of Lords Select Committee On Digital Skills initially forming an independent Digital Task Force to analyse and report on the best way for policy makers to address the skills shortage. Also following on from Further Education Learning Technology Action Group, ETAG or the Education Technology Action Groups remit (which has already concluded that technology should not be optional within education) has a three stage action plan to encourage technology to permeate the education system and be a major part of it by 2025.

A Need For Concern

It is clear from this that at the highest echelons of government and business there is a serious concern that young people are woefully under-preparing for the gruelling multi-disciplined nature of business. From the research results it is thought that the ICT workforce will grow by 39 per cent by 2030, furthermore, 47 per cent of employers surveyed said that the education system wasn't meeting the needs of business. Graduates often leave university without the necessary knowledge and confidence in the technical and soft skills that are required to work effectively. The narrow pathways that have been set out by educational establishments don’t fit into the needs of aspiring graduates, and certainly don’t meet the needs of employers.

“By 2020, more than seven billion people and businesses, and at least 30 billion devices, will be connected to the Internet. With people, businesses and things communicating, transacting and even negotiating with each other, a new world comes into being.” — Gartner

This shows us that despite being the most technologically advanced generation we have ever seen, many young and brilliant people are still missing out on the opportunities that should be available to them. In 2014 there were almost 1 million young people in the UK not in education, training or employment, when you compare this to businesses reporting large amounts of unfilled vacancies it is clear that there is a severe disconnection between education and employment.

Unfortunately this means that a renewed economic vigour is being rendered impotent because the talent that is needed is not, or rather, cannot be supplied.

This is leads us rapidly to the battle between companies for the competent and limited resources that do exist. As the skills shortage escalates, and it will do so for years to come, competition has increased dramatically over the past two years to employ people from that small and decreasing talent pool. This is a nightmare scenario for every manager who as always have to walk the line between cost and competency, the cost of the individuals soar and retention of those employees dwindles under heavy competition. Budgetary constraints are not allowing for the right people to be placed within the teams that need them.

The proposition of using graduates as a cheap and skilled workforce that can help balance tight project budgets is attractive to businesses of any size; unfortunately, to make those graduates effective in the work place you have to invest more time and money to raise their skills to the required level, often having to source additional IT experts from outside of the company which again adds additional expense.

There is another way

According to the CIPD 2015 Resource and Talent Planning Survey only 14% of responding businesses currently partner with other organisations to fill the skills gap, but 50% would consider it. Part of the trepidation companies have in broaching such a venture is that they do not fully understand the opportunities available to them.

At Sparta Academy we directly address the lack of skills within the workplace, bridging the gap and saving you time and money taking the burden of risk from you as we hand pick the very best S.T.E.M. and I.T. Graduates from around the country. We invest our own time, money, and expertise into their development allowing them to become the bright stars who are able to deliver your projects with alacrity and professionalism. Partnering with Sparta Global gives you a low-cost, low-risk way to back-fill and expand your teams on a contract or permanent basis.

Our model is as flexible as it needs to be, either delivering a broad range of fantastic attributes to sit within any project position, or focusing on specific skill sets that will help any team deliver their targets. In addition to the academy graduates initial training, further training and support for our graduates is supplied while they work for you as a consultant, with the aim to provide companies with graduates that continually increase their value, but not cost. Our graduates are highly skilled individuals and you may want to choose to convert them into your own full time employees. This can happen within only 6 months of them joining your team so that you don’t miss out on taking advantage of their abilities. By doing this you would also activate additional benefits for your company and its teams.

Sparta Global provides the ideal world where you can find the right kind of talent with the specific skills and business acumen to fill existing or new roles. Their growth abilities will be fully focused on doing the job you need them to do, absorbing your companies’ culture, and invigorating established practices with dynamism.

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