Is It Really This Bad? UK Government Turns to Prisoners to Tackle IT Skills Shortages
Bryan Glick writes in Computing:
Prisoners are to be trained in networking and cable installation to help tackle a skills shortage for suitably-skilled IT professionals.More here.
Prisons minister David Hanson and skills minister David Lammy launched the new vocational learning academy at Wandsworth prison in London.
According to Cisco, one of the co-founders of the initiative, demand for data and network cabling experts outstrips supply by 20 per cent in the UK – equivalent to 61,000 jobs.
Criminals who complete the training will be interviewed by BeOnsite, a not-for-profit training company owned by scheme co-founder Bovis Lend Lease, and successful candidates will be employed when they are released from prison.