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ICT Event

8 June 2011

  • Labour Market Intelligence
  • ICT
  • LMI events

About the event

The Director of Oracle in Scotland, Caroline Stuart, and Microsoft's Education Business Manager for Scotland, Steven Grier, were two senior industry representatives who gave of their time to address delegates, while workshop sessions were supported by Dell, IBM, HP, Cisco, JP Morgan and Innovation Digital.

In all, some 50 delegates listened to a series of fascinating presentations at Microsoft in Edinburgh including one by the Director - Scotland of e-skills UK, Michael Kowbel, who indicated that Scotland's growing ICT sector will have a requirement for approximately 40,000 new IT and Telecoms professionals over the next five years.

The speed of technological change in the ICT sector was cited as one of the main reasons formal education sometimes struggles to keep pace with developments, but both Caroline and Steven had some very helpful advice on paving the way to employment in this exciting, dynamic, well-paid industry.

What attendees said

Mhairi Galashan from Clydebank careers centre commented, "These events are a rare yet crucial opportunity to meet and speak to employers."

Carol Macdonald a careers adviser at the University of Edinburgh added, "It was an excellent event, which gave a really good overview of the industry, the amazingly fast pace of change and the issues to be addressed. It was great that it was supported by so many company representatives who spoke so enthusiastically about the opportunities they can offer and their willingness to get involved in potential initiatives."