An innovative academy aimed at closing the gap of the number of software graduates coming from university has opened its doors in Wales.
The National Software Academy aims to address the current shortage of software graduates in the region that are currently in demand by local employers.
Originally launched by the Welsh Government alongside Cardiff University, the academy is also being run alongside the Alacrity Foundation in Newport.
Meeting the graduate demand
The new Technology Insights Wales 2012 report, found that a staggering 3,100 IT graduates are required in Wales alone every year in order to meet the current demand.
Professor Karen Holford, Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Physical Sciences and Engineering commented that when speaking to businesses it’s clear that they require more software graduates with work experience – something this academy can provide.
Professor Simon Gibson, Chair of Trustees at the Alacrity Foundation, said that this graduate software facility promotes the most innovative education standards the country of Wales has ever seen.
This academy will provide a unique experience, providing graduates will the knowledge they will need to enter into the 21st Century workplace, he added.
The young professionals will also be given the opportunity to work alongside cutting-edge technology and develop the necessary skills for the industry.
The importance of STEM
Edwina Hart, Economy Minister will cut the red tape and launch the opening of the UK’s first software academy.
STEM skills are incredibly important to the Welsh economy and as a result this new programme will provide the support needed to attract and retain graduate professionals within the sector, she said.
Wales is a pro-business government and therefore committed to working alongside the STEM sector to help employers find talented graduates with the skills needed, Ms Hart explained.
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