VAR Distributor Man and Machine Limited unveiled results of a survey it carried out that sends a stark warning to the Government – increase the budget for IT technology in schools or starve students of a brighter future.
The survey interviewed teachers, heads of year, ICT managers and an Ofsted Inspector working at secondary schools and colleges throughout the UK.
Key findings revealed that 82% of respondents believed that the current budget they received was simply not enough to prepare students for employment within key sectors such as IT and Computer Aided Design (CAD).
This trend is particularly alarming considering that key government figures such as Doug Brown, Deputy Director of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), have been publicly urging educators to let students experiment with the latest technologies to prevent UK students falling behind their European and American counterparts.
The skill-set shortage hasn’t gone unnoticed by employers, with 69% of firms admitting they are having to invest in additional training due to concerns about the IT skills of employees.
The survey also revealed the challenges that school IT managers faced when purchasing IT equipment. The inability to provide up-to-date facilities that meet both teachers’ and students’ needs within current budgets was high up on the list of challenges.