Youngsters need more tech training to meet workplace and career needs

Young Brits are not sufficiently educated to deal with the challenges of a workplace, particularly when it comes to technology.

Those are the findings of an international survey of young people aged between 16 and 25 by global consulting and technology firm Infosys.

Its report, Amplifying Human Potential: Education and Skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, examines the outlook of youngsters in nine developed and emerging economies, including the UK.

In general, all respondents recognised the importance of technology skills in securing good career opportunities, while young people in developed economies feel acute pressure to find a well-paid job.

However, the training and education young people receive does not reflect this and is ill designed to meet these needs.

 

Key findings include:

  • 59 per cent of UK respondents said that computer science subjects were important education tools
  • 77 per cent said their school or further education had not prepared them for the workplace, so they had to learn new skills for themselves
  • Young males are significantly more likely to have existing IT knowledge and the desire to improve them – 62 per cent compared with just 33 per cent of females.

Dr Vishal Sikka, CEO and managing director at Infosys, said: “Young people around the world can see that new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, will enable them to re-imagine the possibilities of human creativity, innovation and productivity.

“To empower these young people to thrive in this great digital transformation, our education systems must bring more focus to lifelong learning, experimentation and exploration, in addition to bringing computer science and technology more fundamentally into the curriculum.”