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Plugging the digital skills gap

Newcastle University is set to play key role in the training of the next generation of digital specialists through new Institute of Coding.

Last month the Prime Minister announced £20 million funding for the Institute of Coding, an affiliation of universities – including, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland – businesses and industry experts, set up to tackle the UK’s digital skills gap.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum 2018 on 25 January, Theresa May outlined how the Institute of Coding will create new degree level courses to equip people of all ages with the digital skills they need.

Newcastle University’s Professor Aad van Moorsel, who will co-lead the North-East arm of the Institute, said:

“The computing industry is crying out for more computer scientists equipped with the right skills for the future.  Through the new Institute, we will be able to involve industry much more closely, through apprenticeships and teaching, and help fill the digital skills gap we currently face.

“The North East’s digital sector is one of the fastest growing in the country.  Together with our world-leading experts in academia and industry we are well-placed to play a key role in this exciting new project.”

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