October 25th 2007 Mind The Skills Gap

The Skills Gap is high on the agenda of current IT thinking, but what exactly is it? What do seasoned IT professionals and newcomers to the industry need to do to make themselves relevant to IT in the noughties and beyond? With the growth of outsourcing to foreign countries how should IT workers position themselves in the jobs market to ensure continued employment in the UK?

These are the questions we aim to answer in a Northampton BCS event "Mind the Skills gap: Staying relevant to IT in the noughties and beyond". more....

A panel of figures from IT recruitment, training and business will give their thoughts, followed by a Q & A session from the floor.
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Confirmed Speakers

Professor Adrian Hopgood
Adrian A. Hopgood is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Computing Sciences & Engineering at De Montfort University. He is also a visiting professor at the Open University and author of the bestselling book Intelligent Systems for Engineers and Scientists (second edition, CRC Press, 2001). He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in physics from the University of Bristol in 1981 and obtained a PhD from the University of Oxford in 1984. He subsequently spent two years with the software company Systems Designers plc (now part of EDS), where he was introduced to the world of artificial intelligence. He then joined the Open University as an academic and remained there for 14 years, except for a two-year spell as principal scientist at the Telstra Research Laboratories in Melbourne, Australia. At the Open University, Adrian was chair of the course T396: Artificial Intelligence for Technology and founder of the Intelligent Computer Systems Research Group. He joined Nottingham Trent University in 2001 as head of the Department of Computing and subsequently became dean. He joined De Montfort University in June 2007. He has published 90 research papers and supervised 13 PhD projects to successful completion. He is a fellow of The BCS and a committee member for its Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence. His contact details and publication list can be found at his Web site at www.adrianhopgood.com
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Computer People
Computer People has been the UK’s leading IT recruitment specialist since 1972. We’re one of the Sunday Times’ ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ and part of Adecco, the world leader in human resource solutions.
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Jeff Barnes, Head of Technical Instructor Community, QA-IQ
QA-IQ are the largest learning services company in the UK. Providing a range of training programmes and learning solutions to help you enhance the skills and capabilities of your people and deliver real business benefits.

Jeff is the Head of Technical Instructor Community at QA-IQ which, with over 150 full time instructors, is the largest IT training company in Europe.

He has been working in the training industry for over 12 years, and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) delivering training courses on Windows infrastructure, from NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003, messaging, Internet technologies and high availability. As a Microsoft Solution Framework (MSF) practitioner, Jeff also delivers education around Windows infrastructure and development projects to technicians, project managers and business stake holders. Prior to working in the training industry, Jeff worked in systems support within the Public Sector - primarily client / server Novell infrastructure.

During his time with QA-IQ, Jeff has also held the role of Technical Business Manager with responsibility areas included designing bespoke education solutions for customers concentrating around business and technology change, relationship management with technology vendors and partners and ownership of the technology curriculum within the QA-IQ portfolio - a portfolio that includes education around Microsoft, Novell, Citrix, Cisco, Linux, VMWare, UNIX and IBM / Lotus among others.

Between 2000 and 2001, Jeff was placed into Microsoft UK to deliver Exchange Server 2000 training to the Microsoft Consultancy Services (MCS) and Product Support Specialists (PSS) teams around EMEA. Using an internally developed curriculum, this training was able to develop the kind of skills required to support the Microsoft customer base across Europe.
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Dave Burke
Dave is the Head of Strategy Planning & Architecture for Barclaycard Technology Office.
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Susan Bailey Cert. Ed MSc. MBCS,
Principal Lecturer and Field Chair for Information Sciences at the University of Northampton. Susan is Course Leader for the BSc in Business Information System, which aims to address the skills shortage and requirements of industry and commerce. For more details see http://northampton.bcs.org/profiles/sb_profile.pdf.
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