OfS announces £13m for postgrad STEM conversion courses

The government’s digital strategy predicts that 90% of jobs will require digital skills by 2040

The Office for Students will spend £13m on postgraduate STEM conversion courses.

The courses will “quickly upskill” arts students for digital careers, the university watchdog said.

The postgraduate courses are designed to boost the number of graduates with skills in artificial intelligence and data science.

The Office for Students (OfS) is launching a competition to invite university partners to develop and implement the postgraduate schemes, which it hopes will attract as many as 2,500 graduates by 2023.

The multi-million-pound package comprises £3m for course development and £10m for scholarships for students from underrepresented backgrounds in a bid to boost the number of female, disabled and black tech professionals.

The supply of talent is not keeping pace with demand, and a lack of diversity in the current workforce threatens to undermine the capability and credibility of the sector.
– Nicola Dandridge, Office for Students

The government’s digital strategy predicts that, within 20 years, as many as 90% of jobs will require digital skills.

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