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Centre for Information Leadership event tackles IT skills shortage

City University London's Centre for Information Leadership is hosting a free event for IT leaders to examine how the sector can tackle this growing skills shortage, in partnership with the BCS ELITE Group.
by Ruth Shepherd

Supported by Intellect, the technology trade association, e-skills UK and Computer Weekly's CW500 club for IT directors, the late afternoon and early evening event will take place at City's Cass Business School on Monday 27 June.

It will bring together information leaders from across industry and academia with speakers including: John Seglias, Chair of the BCS ELITE Group; Dr Richard Sykes, a board-level strategic analyst and advisor in IT and business process sourcing; and leading academics from City and The Open University.

David Chan, Director of City's Centre for Information Leadership, says: "e-skills UK has forecasted a shortfall in skilled IT professionals of around 140,000 per annum for the next few years. The purpose of our event is to get academia and industry together to further address this problem.

"With the UK coming out of recession, the demands on IT will accelerate as businesses attempt to transform their operational cost base and launch new products and services. Coupled with the backdrop of economic turbulence and skilled staff shortages, this will pose significant challenges to IT leaders."

The event will begin at 16:00 with opening addresses by the speakers, followed by a panel discussion and an interactive question and answer session. The panel will include John Seglias and David Wills, CIO of Ofcom. Networking will follow, with food and refreshments provided.

For further information or to register your attendance, please visit www.city.ac.uk/events.

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