Supporting the growth of SMEs is key to the competitiveness of the region. The availability of skilled labour has become a key determinant of growth in the region; a shortage of skilled workers is already a bottleneck to growth. Labour shortages are particularly challenging in the ICT sector. The situation is the same in the rest of Finland, although the difficulty in accessing labour is more pronounced in regions such as Kokkola, which compete for labour with large growth centres. In order to alleviate labour shortages in the ICT sector, it is essential that recruitment is as efficient as possible and that the full potential of the workforce can be exploited.
The aim of this project is to carry out an interview-based survey of ICT companies and students in the region. The aim of the survey is to provide an up-to-date picture:
acute skills needs in the ICT sector in terms of substantive and generic workplace skills
The project will result in a better understanding of the acute skills needs of ICT companies and the factors related to recruitment. An important outcome will be the insights gained from companies' experiences in addressing diversity and the diversity of teleworking. In the context of diversity, particular attention will be paid to the inclusion of foreigners and women in recruitment. The results will help to better anticipate and respond to the skills needs of ICT companies in the development of higher education in information technology. By mirroring the differences between the expectations of companies and students, a realistic picture of the challenges that education and training can help to address can be obtained. This will help to better respond to the expectations of industry and to better equip the students of the programme for success in the labour market.
Information technology, teaching, research and projects
Information technology, research and projects
Head of Information Technology Unit