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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