BRISTOL BASED OPUS TALENT SOULUTIONS LAUNCH _NOLOGY CAMPAIGN TO ADDRESS THE UK’S TECH SKILLS GAP CRISIS
Opus Talent Solutions, a leading end-to-end talent consultancy and recruitment firm today announced the launch of the _nology programme – www.nology.io – a campaign that aims to fix the tech skills shortage.
The scheme will do this through training as well as busting the myth that careers in tech are only for STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) specialists, engaging a broader audience and addressing the lack of diversity in tech – with only 15% of tech specialists being female and 1% black.
The problem is at epic proportions and the government last year estimated that the shortfall costs the economy £63bn a year. Deloitte’s Digital Disruption Index says just 12% of executives think school leavers and graduates have the right digital skills.
_nology have initially partnered with the Southwest’s biggest universities as well as Bristol City Council with further expansion planned. The scheme is the brainchild of Opus Talent Solutions CEO Amy Golding, the youngest female CEO of a $100,000,000 turn over company. Opus have their head office in Bristol and others in London, Europe and the US
_nology will have its first candidate intake in October in their quest to create the next generation of tech talent. By taking candidates through a 12-month development scheme it will help companies find the most suitable raw talent and enable career conversions for those from any background. As part of this the three month Tech Conversion scheme – unique to _nology – teaches the basics and builds on them over the course. Just as a law conversation course is now seen as standard, _nology will do the same for tech.
Across the remaining year, candidates will learn broader tech and business skills, gaining proper experience delivering tech projects before they start work. There is a guaranteed role at the end of it and the programme ensures people are armed with the tech skills that are currently lacking.
Amy Golding said “ We work with over 2000 clients from Uber through to Burberry finding the right people for tech roles but we know there is still a huge tech skills gap and so we want to do something more radical about it. That’s why we’re launching _nology. To create the next generation of tech specialists we need to go beyond the current talent pool and the stark statistics show this needs to happen now.”