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Wales, UK tackles skills shortage with software dedicated university

Businesses in Wales are behind plans for a dedicated software university to address the threat of a skills shortage among young people
By: Tamlin Magee | Current Affairs News | Posted: Jul 22, 2014 7:03 pm

Businesses that are worried about a software skills shortage are setting up the first university in Wales, UK to be dedicated to the subject.




However, there will be no dedicated campus for this University - instead it will offer a mixture of online and applied learning with complementary work experience, or internship, schemes. It is being set up either to be paid for privately, through a charity, or publicly. However it comes to be, the degree courses will be real and last for two years, and accredited by another university.


One of the people behind the plan, Simon Gibson, suggested there's an upcoming crisis regarding the lack of young people with qualified software skills. "It's not just software engineers writing things for mobile phones now," he said, speaking with the BBC. "Software engineers are needed in the insurance business, finance, bioscience, anything that involves economic development requires good software skills." The plans are said to be "well advanced" but further details are not clear quite yet.


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