TDC welcomes Danish govt Strategy for Digital Growth with focus on IT education

Wednesday 31 January 2018 | 11:58 CET | News

Danish operator TDC has welcomed on the government’s new Strategy for Denmark’s Digital Growth, presented by Brian Mikkelsen, Minister of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs. TDC CEO Jens Aalose said the strategy will create the conditions for businesses to grasp opportunities, after Denmark has lost ground in the past ten years, compared with other leading IT nations.

Aalose said the Danish business sector has long complained of the shortage of digital skills in the workforce. He therefore praised the government’s Technology Pact, which aims to have 20 percent more people undergoing a specialist apprenticeship or higher education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in the next ten years.

Training is not enough, though, says Aalose. Instead of programming in isolation, IT specialists need to work with other experts. For this reason, educational institutions need to work more closely with business in the future than they have done hitherto.

Among other things, the government will expand technology education in the obligatory school curriculum. Aalose said one major reason why most girls are not interested in computers and in programming is simply that they do not come across these subjects at school.

He regretted that there is to be a three-year wait until a trial programme is concluded, saying children and young people need to became acquainted with technology immediately. He called for the continuation and epansion of existing initiatives such as Coding Class, and urged school teachers to invite IT experts in to give presentations to children.

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