Major IT trade bodies have called on the government to use Wednesday's Budget to boost the technology sector and help grow the economy.
Matthew Poyiadgi, European vice president of CompTIA, argued that the Budget should address the skills challenge facing the IT industry, and said that he is hopeful that this will happen based on previous statements.
"This government has made some positive noises regarding the tech sector and getting people into work. It is particularly promising to hear reports that training and work experience are likely to be created in IT, among other key industries," he said.
"The important issue here is developing the right skills. Spending money isn't an answer in itself; it has to be spent effectively with the right people. We need to teach young people the skills that their prospective employers need."
However, Poyiadgi urged chancellor George Osborne not to cause unnecessary upheaval by changing systems that already work, but to copy existing models that have proved successful.
"[Osborne] should not redesign the systems from the bottom up, but he can look at where education, training and qualifications are working and learn from these models," he said.
"If companies are investing in training and certifications for their own staff, and recruiting based on these certifications, it is likely that these programmes provide young people with the right grounding."
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