IT employability programme 1,000 placements closer to redressing Scotland’s skills shortage

Published: 30 Mar 2015 09:30

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AN employability programme introduced to tackle the IT skills gap in Scotland has reached a major milestone after securing its 1,000th paid student placement.

e-Placement Scotland, a partnership venture between Edinburgh Napier University and Scotland IS launched in 2010, matches talented students with quality, paid work placements in the IT sector.

It has worked with more than 500 companies, including Morgan Stanley, the Scottish Government, JP Morgan and a number of start-ups, over the last five years.

According to e-Placement Scotland, the programme offers employers the opportunity to grow their own talent at a fraction of traditional recruitment costs and helps smaller companies, which otherwise might not have access to recruitment resources, to attract talented graduates. In turn, students gain an ‘on the job’ experience within their chosen sector.

Sally Smith, project director at e-Placement Scotland, said: “We have all worked incredibly hard to get to this point and we are grateful to the organisations across the country who have supported our mission over the last five years and made these placements possible. With their help we have exceeded expectations and helped students across Scotland’s universities and colleges take their first steps to a successful career in IT.

“Scotland has a thriving IT sector but it is reliant on fresh talent coming into the industry for its future growth. These placements are valuable for everyone involved and I believe Scotland’s economy will be reaping the benefits for years to come.”

Scottish Government minister for Youth and Women’s Employment Annabelle Ewing MSP said: “The Scottish Government is committed to providing a seamless programme of support and advice for the Digital sector and we welcome the collaborative work by industry and the education sector to help address the skills shortage in this area.

“I am especially impressed by efforts to find more opportunities for women and young people, who are currently underrepresented in the digital sector, to move into this exciting, developing area.”

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