The IT Skills Gap Is Real: The 8 Step Formula To Close It

Boy learning about augmented reality
Teaching youngsters the practical applications of technology is one way to encourage them to take an interest in IT.

8 Step Formula to Fill The IT Skills Gap

1 — Define Your Business Goals

It’s good practice for all businesses to conduct a yearly audit of their current position vs where they want to be in 5 years. Only once this exercise is complete can they identify any obstacles that may stand in their way.

2 — Research Work Trends of the Future

Five years ago, we all had a vague idea of what artificial intelligence and virtual reality were. Although it took a global pandemic to make many companies realise their practical applications and put them to work.

3 — Conduct a Skills Audit

It’s one thing having the ambition to reach a particular goal but does your business have the technical capability to achieve it? Taking stock of your workforce skills is the first step to understanding what obstacles stand in the way of your business achieving its goals.

4 — Identify Your Skills Gaps

Completing the steps above should paint a clear picture of the company’s business goals and its workforce skills. Once you have this information, you can work out where the skills shortages are within your business.

Mind the gap - the IT skills gap that is. Mind the gap painted on the floor of a London underground station
Mind the IT skills gap — it’s growing and likely to become a bigger problem in future if we don’t do something to bridge the gap now.

5 — Develop Your Employer Brand

A strong employer brand enables businesses to communicate what working life is like in their organisation. When candidates can see this, it encourages them to want to work for you. So even if you may not have job roles available for their skills set at a given time, employer branding can attract a healthy stream of speculative applications.

6 — Drive Skills Awareness

The most in-demand tech skills of 2021 are:

  • Cyber Security & Cloud Security
  • Cloud Computing
  • DevOps
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
  • Application Development & Software Engineering
  • Blockchain
  • IT Support
  • User Interface & User Experience Design
  • Solutions Architecture
Teenagers learning about technology
Teenagers who have a better understanding of the technology jobs available will be more likely to want to study IT-related subjects.

7 — Adopt an Open Door Policy

Does your company give talks in school assemblies, attend careers fairs, give informational interviews, offer work experience placements, internships or graduate schemes? If not, that needs to change if you want to close your skills gaps!

8 — Invest in Skills Training

Employees gain more fulfilment from employers who focus on training entry-level individuals and promoting from within. Moreover, employees who feel they are working in meaningful jobs are more likely to stay and remain loyal.

A Few Final Thoughts on Filling The IT Skills Gap

There’s an old saying that if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. This may be a hard pill to swallow for employers in the tech industry, but the only way to solve the tech skills shortage is to work together to create opportunities for young people.

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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog