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Addressing the Skills Shortage

When: Tue 10 Dec
1300-1700 GMT
Where: See below
Contact: Mike Dowsey

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The late autumn workshop takes place on Tue 10 Dec at the ForgeRock office at WeWork at Waterhouse Square on Holborn in the City from 1300-1700 GMT.




Gather and networking


Welcome and Intro


Ken Gaines, Technical Adviser – Digital Skills, City & Guilds
We are constantly told that organisations cannot get the digitally skilled people they need. This is not just ICT professionals but includes people who are capable of using the technology that now appears throughout a company, school, college, university, charity, hospital.
Whose problem is it? How do we address the issue now if the problem is now? What needs to be the key driver to enhance skills development?


Richard Lester, Programme Director, BCS
If you have RITTech (Professional Register of IT Technicians) after your name, you’ve consistently demonstrated an independent professional standard working in IT, a benchmark level of practical competence. It’s not an exam. It says you’re current, you’re competent, and your employer has agreed. It doesn’t matter how you got there – academic background, or practical experience, or both: the point is you’re trusted to get on and do stuff well. It’s all about trust in doing a job well. RITTech aims to confer trust and engender pride in those who hold it.


Break and networking


Simon Maskrey, Salesforce
An innovative approach is being taken to create “net new talent” for the Salesforce ecosystem. While not using a traditional vendor training group, it provides immediate employment. It harnesses the skills and market understanding of a placement organisation.


Faez Ahmed, ServiceNow
At ServiceNow, we believe that every person deserves the opportunity to develop their skills and make their mark in the world of work.
Launched in conjunction with the UK Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), our new digital literacy and job skilling programme will give more than 5,000 young people aged 16-24 years the chance to build a career in technology.
This session showcases a highly innovative and impactful program that will change the lives of many and provide our partners an opportunity to hire these individuals. We will go through how we secured the funding through to resourcing, partnerships and the program building steps we have been through on this journey.




Close followed by networking over liquid refreshments


We must leave the venue at 1700 sharp but may visit a suitable nearby watering hole for a pre-Christmas beverage.

A more detailed agenda will be sent out within a couple of weeks.

Please let Mike know if you or any of your colleagues will be attending, so that we can make sure we have enough seats, coffee, biscuits, and so on.


We shall send out joining instructions around 2 Dec.


I look forward to seeing you there.

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