British IT skills school to open next year

The government has approved the business plan for the National Skills Academy, which aims to train up IT pros with the skills the UK industry needs
Written by Natasha Lomas, Contributor on

The opening of a National Skills Academy for IT in the UK has moved a step closer, after the government announced it has approved the business plan submitted by sector skills body e-skills UK.

In October 2008, the government gave the green light to a tech academy on account of IT's "critical" role in growing the national economy, and because of strong and growing demand for tech workers — more than 140,000 new IT recruits are required by the industry every year, according to e-skills UK.

Budding techies seeking to sign up will have to wait until autumn 2010 when the academy is due to open.

Earlier this year e-skills UK's own website stated the academy would launch this year, but a spokesman for the organisation said this was a publishing error.

For more on this story, see Green light for UK IT skills school to arrive next year on silicon.com.

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