Openreach turns to VR to expand workforce

11 April 2017

Climbing a pole for the first time can be daunting for new recruits, which is why Openreach is using virtual reality to give people a real insight into what’s involved.

Climbing a pole for the first time can be daunting for new recruits, which is why Openreach is using virtual reality to give people a real insight into what’s involved.

Openreach is aiming to hire 1,500 trainees as part of a major expansion of its engineering workforce over the next eight months.

The firm is seeking recruits from across the country to fill new, full-time and permanent roles to help it extend its fibre broadband network and improve customer service.

119 trainees are initially expected to join Openreach in April, followed by around 60 new recruits appointed each week through to mid-October.

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“Hidden” talent pool could help IT skills gap

11 April 2017

Many of the skills developed by graduates on non-STEM degrees can be transferred into digital roles, thereby unlocking a “hidden talent pool”, says the FDM Group.

Based in London, FDM is a professional services company with a focus on IT and claims to be the UK’s largest IT graduate employer.

Earlier this year, it met with MPs to brief them on how non-technical students, in particular females, can be encouraged into digital roles to help fill the growing IT skills and gender gaps.

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Men dominate northern technology firms

15 March 2017

Manchester Digital MD Katie Gallagher says everybody has to play their part to solve the skills shortage.

Manchester Digital MD Katie Gallagher says everybody has to play their part to solve the skills shortage.

The gender gap in the north’s digital technology sector is continuing to widen, according to the results of Manchester Digital’s annual digital skills audit.

Manchester Digital is the independent trade association for the digital sector in north-west England. In its audit of more than 250 local digital and technology businesses, it found that workforces split 72:28 male to female, compared with 60:40 last year.

The association says the disparity is even more prevalent when it comes to technical roles, where the male to female split is 88:12, up from 70:30 last year.

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IT pros “fail to meet” hiring expectations

15 March 2017

Respondents were asked: "When hiring a new staff member on your IT team, how do you benchmark the skill-level or competency of candidates?" SOURCE: ROBERT HALF]

Respondents were asked: "When hiring a new staff member on your IT team, how do you benchmark the skill-level or competency of candidates?" SOURCE: ROBERT HALF

The skill sets of IT pros in the UK don’t live up to the expectations of CIOs and IT directors, says new research from Robert Half Technology (RHT).

As part of its annual global study, the specialised recruitment consultancy surveyed more than 100 CIOs and IT and technology executives from companies across the UK. It reveals that 74 per cent are frequently faced with IT candidates who are not able to meet the skill level required for the roles they’re applying for.

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