Scientific skill in high demand

Forth Valley College has secured a share of a £6.6 million Scottish Government fund to increase skills in digital technologies.

The college’s computing science team is to run two new projects to encourage more school leavers to think about a career in computing.

“Our courses focus on the high-level, analytical skills required by industry, including software development and technical support; they are not about operating software applications,” said head of science and computing, Joanna McGillivray.

“There are currently major skill shortages within this sector that we are committed to help fill.”
The college specialises in forensic computing, mobile applications, user interface design and testing and informatics – from access through to degree level.

There is likely to be demand for an extra 39,000 new vacancies in this sector over the next seven years.

“Careers in computing science are highly fulfilling with average earnings for technicians of £27k and for graduate level jobs £39k and excellent sustainable career prospects,” added Joanna.

“We’re working hard to meet employers’ expectations by producing highly skilled computer workers at a variety of levels.”