This house believes that Academic Education will never meet the skills needs of the IT Profession

An Oxford Union style Debate

"This house believes that Academic Education will never meet the skills needs of the IT Profession"

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists are jointly hosting an Oxford Union style debate on Wednesday 12 June 2013, 6.30pm - 9.00pm at Armourers' Hall in the City of London.

Guests of honour are, BCS President, Roger Marshall and WCIT Master, Michael KS Grant

'Universities are failing to educate graduates with the skills we need' - this is the oft heard complaint by employers of IT graduates. Does the problem start in school with the dire state of ICT teaching and assessment at GCSE and A Level? Should academia be trying to produce graduates with only 'employable skills' that have a shelf life of at best a couple of years? Are employers really expecting universities to produce a mature, rounded professional with 20 years experience straight out of university? Is it reasonable to expect Academia to bridge the skills gap when employers are not prepared to provide a robust career path for IT professionals?

Academia and the IT Profession seem to be out of alignment in a way that other more mature professional career paths are not. Medicine, law, accountancy and the teaching profession provide a clear path from university to the highest levels of those careers - not so in IT. The IT Profession's skills framework (SFIA) is only a decade old, and IT is neither a regulated or statutory profession - perhaps employers ask and expect too much of Academia, when the IT Profession is still in its infancy.

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Comment by Paul David Jagger on May 3, 2013 at 16:48

 Just some of the organisations sending representatives to the joint BCS/WCIT Oxford Union style debate on the evening of 12th June at Armourers' Hall: 

University of Cambridge, IBM, Accenture, University of Manchester, Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Ministry of Justice, University of Durham, University of Greenwich, UBS, Symantec, BCS Academy, Council for Professors and Heads of Computing in UK Universities, Colchester Institute, Equitable Life, Thames Communications, Cap Gemini, City University (London), University of Northampton, The Register, Computing, Activ Training, The Open University, 6 Degree Group, Atlantis Computing, University of Northampton, University of London, Manx Education Foundation, Stephenson Academy and The Richard Hale School... 

http://www.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/50013

Comment by Paul David Jagger on May 2, 2013 at 8:55

The joint BCS/WCIT Oxford Union style debate on the evening of 12th June at Armourers’ Hall in the City of London has now passed the 50% enrolment mark. Early bird discounted tickets are available until midnight on 10th May, thereafter the tickets jump up in price and will be available until midnight on 5th June.

http://www.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/50013

We already have an impressive range of employers, industry bodies, universities and associated organisations attending, including but not limited to; Cambridge University, IBM, Accenture, Department of BIS, City and Guilds, BCS, Greenwich University, Symantec, UBS, University of Manchester, City University London, Juniper Networks, WCIT, Computing, University of Durham, University of Northampton, The Register, Cap Gemini, The Open University and the University of London to name but a few of the more notable organisations.

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