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Mishcon Academy: Digital Sessions - Delivering a UK digital revolution powerhouse: bridging the talent deficit

Posted on 09 June 2021

In this session our panel considered the challenges to and opportunities for the UK tech sector, focusing on the UK tech talent deficit.

Our panel, moderated by Mishcon de Reya Immigration Partner, Steven Bostock, comprised: Aveek Bhattacharya, Chief Economist at The Social Market Foundation, serial entrepreneur and angel investor Sherry Coutu CBE, and Dr Simon Hepworth, Director of Enterprise at Imperial College London.

The key themes from the discussion include:

  • Agile, stackable, modular learning is imperative to addressing the tech talent deficit
  • Incentivising students to undertake work experience and part time project work is vital
  • Universities can be beacons of entrepreneurship and centres for collaboration to address these issues
  • Advances in tech and the evolving global environment are reshaping the future of work and levelling the UK playing field
  • Unlocking Government support will help to bridge the talent deficit and drive transformative growth across the tech sector.

This event forms part of a series examining the recommendations in Mishcon de Reya's report 'A blueprint for an entrepreneurial technology driven economy'. which explores how the UK can build on its existing strengths to create a framework for tech innovation. A highlights video from the report's launch event interview with Ron Kalifa OBE can be found here

We will be hosting a series of events examining a number of the themes identified in our report, namely:

  • Creating a tech-sympathetic regulatory environment (please listen to our podcast here); and
  • Turbocharging public sector and institutional and private sector tech funding.
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