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Tomorrow's Workforce Today - Tackling the Digital Skills Gap

October 13, 2016 11:00 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

key_rma.pngAt their Autumn Conference this year, the Liberal Democrats welcomed business leaders and experts from multiple sectors to a roundtable discussion focused on the digital skills gaps in today's workforce. The discussion was attended by a diverse set of businesses from sectors including tech, energy, banking and construction; and was hosted by Jack Barmby, Founder and CEO of Customer Service Solutions business FM Outsource.

The discussion focused training and developing the digital skills of both those in education, and current employees. Chaired by the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Business, Innovation and Skills the Rt Honourable Baroness Burt, who was joined by the Spokesperson for the Treasury the Rt Honourable Baroness Kramer, all attendees were encouraged to use the experiences in their own organisations to highlight the issues they face. The discussion was one of a number of dialogues being run by the party as part of the research process feeding into the 21st Century Economy policy working group.

Baroness Burt said of the event: "We were delighted with the level of interest we had in attending this event and I would like to thank all those who came for their contributions. The Liberal Democrats are a forward looking party by nature and we will continue to work with businesses and their employees to address their concerns in an increasingly digital world."

Jack Barmby said: "As a digital first business FM Outsource has a great interest in the development of digital talent in the UK. We have developed an academy program as part of our commitment to building the skills of our employees and are seeing real success there. We're delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Liberal Democrats and others to highlight this important issue."