IN the past 18 months, Digital Jersey and Highlands College, with funding from the government, have been upskilling the local workforce as part of the Covid Economic Recovery Plan. Digital Jersey has overseen a variety of digital skills courses using a combination of local and in-house trainers to curate a massively oversubscribed programme.
Tony Moretta, chief executive of Digital Jersey, said: ‘We are extremely pleased to have seen well over 3,000 applicants, of whom more than 2,000 qualified for targeted courses that meet the needs of the Island’s economy and specific digital skills gap areas identified from labour market insights data and feedback from our members.’
With the skills crisis increasing, upskilling the local workforce is the only viable alternative to enable us to maintain a globally competitive and digitally savvy workforce. In the midst of a worldwide skills shortage, bringing skilled people to Jersey has never been more challenging.
Investing in local talent is both prudent and necessary.
Digital Jersey and Highlands College recognise the significant investment that government has contributed to these programmes but, with other local pressing needs, if these programmes are to continue, the time has come for Jersey businesses to match these investments in either funding or resources.
We look forward to continuing to further meet the needs of local businesses with a growing number of industry partnerships. This year promises to see an exciting extension of the foundation steps we have taken. Keep an eye on Digital Jersey’s course pages to register your interest or book a course now.