A consortium of more than 60 universities, industry experts and businesses is set to receive £20 million to create the Institute of Coding to help create the next generation of digital specialists, according to UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
May was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, about how the Institute of Coding is a key part of the plans of the government to drive up digital skills through its Industrial Strategy, helping to equip people of all ages with the skills they need for the future. The consortium is formed of businesses including IBM, Cisco, BT, and Microsoft. It also includes small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), 25 universities, and professional bodies.
The University of Bath is leading the 25 universities and all of these will become part of the Institute of Coding including sector leaders in subjects from business and computer science to experts in art and design who can help individuals gain a diverse range of skills.
Universities minister Sam Gyimah said: “By working together, universities, employers and industry leaders can help graduates build the right skills, in fields from cyber-security to artificial intelligence to industrial design.”
The Prime Minister also said £10 million will be put into free and subsidised training courses to help adults learn new skills and retrain old skills. Pilot programmes are being launched in Leeds, Devon and Somerset, Lincolnshire, Stoke-on-Trent and the West Midlands to test out how to reach out and support people with the cost of retraining.
BT, among others, will provide staff and training for the Institute of Coding's undergraduate and masters programmes. Gavin Patterson, BT Group chief executive, said: “Digital skills are crucial to BT's current and future success, but no company can fix the UK's digital skills shortage on its own. By working together across industry and academia, the Institute of Coding will unlock access to a bigger and more diverse workforce, and support skills development for people at different stages of their careers.”
A list of all the universities and industry partners is below:
Aston University•Birkbeck, University of London•University of Birmingham•Birmingham City University•Cardiff University•Coventry University•University of Exeter•University of Gloucestershire•Lancaster University•University of Manchester•Manchester Metropolitan University•Newcastle University•Northumbria University•Open University•Queen Mary University of London•University of Bath•University of Sheffield•University of Southampton•University of Sunderland•Swansea University•University College London•University of the Arts•University of the West of England•University of Warwick•University of York
British Telecom•Accenture•Cisco•IBM UK Limited•Sky Betting & Gaming•QinetiQ•QA Limited•Tin Smart Social (employer group)•Unipart Manufacturing•Warwick Arts Centre•WANdisco•Waterstons Limited•Youmee•Target Information Systems•West of England combined authority•Sunderland Software City•Office for National Statistics•Orchard Information Systems•Printed.com•Proctor & Gamble•Parametric Technology (UK) Limited•Razor Ltd•Redemption Media•Sheffield Digital•Siemens•The Floow•FutureLearn•gfirstLEP•Gradbase Limited•High Tech Bristol & Bath•Hive IT•HMA Designed Solutions Ltd•Horiba MIRA•In2Science UK•IndigoBlue Consulting Limited•Information Risk Management (IRM) Information•JP Morgan•Kollider•Lightwork Design Ltd•Microsoft Limited•The National Cyber Skills Centre•Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK Limited•O2•Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering•Arts Council England•BAE Systems•Bohemia Interactive•British Chambers of Commerce•Business West•Capgemini•CompTIA•Creative Sheffield•CREST (International)• Deloitte•Dynamo North East CIC•Emerald Business Communications•Evoluted New Media•FDM Group