Earlier this summer the Education and Home Affairs Scrutiny panel begun a Scrutiny review of Post-16 Education provision locally. The panel is exploring whether current opportunities to study further and higher education on-island meets the employment needs and interests of students, and that of the businesses
The scope of the panel’s research is timely with our own efforts to enhance the quality and provision of education for this age group. Skills are inextricably linked with the growth and development of the digital economy, and a strong link can be shown between higher education, higher salary levels and a successful digital sector. However, the Jersey Innovation Review 2015 concluded that access to the right talent and the skills in the workforce are a major constraining factor for Jersey’s innovation performance.
With this in mind, in November 2017 Digital Jersey worked with the Marchmont Observatory, an impartial research body at the University of Exeter with previous experience of education strategy, to conduct detailed interviews and analysis of the current pipeline of digital skills, training opportunities, and industry demand. In March 2018, in partnership with the research team, we launched the Digital Skills Strategy. The research paper revealed that:
The recommendations in the Digital Jersey Skills Strategy include the creation of a Digital Skills Academy (Academy). The Academy is proposed as a focal point for industry and academia to work together, share resources, communicate, and ultimately to foster the island’s next generation of industry skills. This will be achieved by providing higher level training opportunities that branch into industry specialisms, such as digital marketing, coding and data analytics.
The Academy will deliver and oversee a program of initiatives, including: