RAISE VENTURES aims to start tackling NI skills gap with workshops in June

  • RAISE VENTURES has announced ambitious plans to begin tackling Northern Ireland's skills gap, starting with a workshop in June.

    The tech sector is experiencing a worldwide shortage of certain skills, and Northern Ireland is no exception. The recent Digital Skills Summit hosted by CBI highlighted the scale of the problem in Northern Ireland with stats and graphs, showing that the digital industry here is growing rapidly but there aren't enough people to fill the roles.

    Around 86% of companies surveyed by CBI currently have digital skills shortages and 93% expect their need for digital skills to grow over the coming years, with 72% of businesses admitting that they don't think their digital skills needs will be met over the next 1-2 years. As a result, salary distributions across the IT industry in Belfast are close to London levels.

    That's the problem that RAISE VENTURES wants to solve, and its has announced that starting in June it will be helping to close that gap. The first step is a one-day workshop that will tackle the Go programming language, covering learning the language, developing an application, and making the application available online.

    The workshop is a paid ticket event designed for people who have programming experience but haven't specifically used Go before, and proceeds from ticket sales will go to non-profit organisation GoBridge. There is no information on ticket sales yet, but there is a calendar invitation to keep up to date with the event.

    Source: RAISE VENTURES

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