A leading computer scientist from Cardiff Met has joined a select group of industry leaders on the UK Digital Skills Task Force.
Dr Tom Crick, a Senior Lecturer in Computing Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University, will contribute to the independent taskforce, which was launched by Labour leader Ed Miliband and is led by CEO of TeenTech and BBC journalist Maggie Philbin, best known as a technology reporter on Tomorrow's World and Bang Goes The Theory.
The group will highlight practical solutions to enable UK business to meet persistent skills gaps by identifying, developing and using home-grown talent across all industry and education, not just the fast-growing digital sector. Their findings will contribute to cross-party manifestos over the coming year.
The task force consists of experts from across industry and education and includes a young people's advisory group of students, apprentices and young people seeking work, who will inform thinking as well as shaping the group's approach.
Dr Crick, who is Chair in Wales of Computing At School (CAS) and sits on the Welsh Government's National Digital Learning Council, is one of four academics on the taskforce, which also includes Shomila Malik, Head of Enterprise Lab at Telefonica UK, Rajay Naik, Director of Government and External Affairs at The Open University and Julian David, CEO of techUK.
Dr Crick has recently co-chaired the Welsh Government's review of the ICT curriculum and commented on the launch of the Task Force: The development of digital skills is high on the Government's agenda, rightly identifying their importance from an educational, economic and societal perspective. The UK Digital Skills Task Force is an opportunity to capitalise on the recent changes to computing education and identify how the entire UK can benefit from digital skills. This is hugely important for Wales over the next five to ten years -- the report will not just focus on supporting south east England.”
The UK Digital Skills Task Force is also inviting every UK school to nominate young digital leaders to contribute to the report via both live and virtual meetings, along with regional stakeholder meetings over the next three months.
Dr Crick also sits on the recently created UK Forum for Computing Education (UKForCE), led by the Royal Academy of Engineering and is a Trustee of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.