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Skills for the UK Digital Economy - delivering the IT professionals of the future

9 February 2011
Central London

Senior-level public policy keynote seminar organised by Westminster eForum

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Simon Regan
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Guest of Honour: Ian Livingstone OBE, Life President, Eidos and Chair, Games Council, Skillset

This seminar will examine the options available to attract more people into careers in IT and to alleviate the UK's IT skills shortage. The event will look at issues emanating from the Sector Skills Review conducted for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Sessions focus on the teaching of IT in universities, schools and colleges and whether the image of an IT career is appealing to those choosing their professional future. The event will also look at the needs of specific professions such as the video games and visual effects industry as well as the dangers of a lack of skilled IT professionals for the UK's economic competitiveness.

We are delighted Ian Livingstone OBE, Life President, Eidos and Chair, Games Council, Skillset has agreed to deliver a keynote address.

Other speakers include Miles Berry, Senior Lecturer in ICT, Roehampton University; Dr Sue Black, Senior Research Associate, Software Systems Engineering Group, University College London; Justin Cooke, Chief Executive Officer, Fortune Cookie and Chair, British Interactive Media Association; Josie Fraser, ICT Strategy Lead, Learning Environment, Investing In Our Children, Leicester City Council; Carrie Hartnell, Associate Director, Industry Strategy, Intellect; Rachel Jones, Head of Education Strategy, Steljes; Bill Mitchell, Director, BCS Academy of Computing; Andy Palmer, Head of Skills, BT Group; Allan Pettman, UK Managing Director, Global Knowledge; Karen Price, Chief Executive Officer, e-skills UK; Kevin Streater, Executive Director, Employer Engagement - IT & Telecoms, Open University; Philip Virgo, General Secretary, Information Society Alliance and Richard Wilson, Chief Executive, TIGA. Further senior speakers are currently being approached.

Lord Boswell of Aynho, Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education and Alun Michael MP, Chair, PITCOM have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

This event is CPD certified.

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