It was pretty cool to see the digital sector get a bit of a focus in the Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement on Wednesday.
The sector looks set to benefit from some hefty investment; £76m to boost digital and construction skills, £75m into artificial intelligence, £160m for 5G mobile networks, £100m for an additional 8,000 fully qualified computer science teachers supported by a new National Centre for Computing, a retraining partnership with the TUC and the CBI to boost digital skills in the workforce.
Mr Hammond says he’s investing all this to make sure the UK’s at the cutting edge of tech and we have an awesome digital industry here. That’s all really welcome news; as you know, at Code Nation we’re doing everything we can to make sure that this happens, training students up through our courses and readying them to undertake the ever growing digital jobs and tasks that businesses can’t always resource.
One big barrier though, has been the lack of a joined up approach between businesses and the Government, so it’s great to see that the latter is now so publicly backing the sector.
We can’t wait to see what happens as all this is rolled out in 2018…