Despite insatiable demand for IT skills in today's business environment, the computer industry is seen as a "closed shop" by most working people.
A survey conducted by NOP found that two-thirds of people in full-time employment outside IT had considered a career change but thought their age or lack or skills would count against them. Of the 450 adults questioned in the EDS-commissioned report, 29% thought IT employers would not accept people of their age as trainees while 26% believed they did not have the necessary skills to change to a career in IT.
Alan Steven, EDS chief executive and IT Training Organisation chairman, said: "IT is not just for the young or highly skilled. We plan to employ 3,000 new people this year, not all of whom will have prior IT experience."
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