It’s no fairy tale to say that the jobs of tomorrow are here today as technology operators are crying out for bright young talent to come and join their businesses.

It’s an industry with opportunities and clear progression routes for dynamic individuals – but without the right expertise coming in, the industry could flounder in growing its know-how in some of the fastest growing technology disciplines. There is justified concern that the country’s vital IT sector could lag behind other countries in the race to develop artificial intelligence, software and cybersecurity because of the acute skills shortage.

It’s ironic that our most tech-enabled generation – young people who have never known life before the internet or mobile phones – are among those that we need to encourage to fill these digital jobs and ensure the industry continues to innovate in the future.

Given that our home and working lives are dominated by technology, and will be increasingly so in the future with the expansion of AI and The Internet of Things, it’s essential that we have the right technical expertise within the industry to support this.

Clark IT is taking a pro-active approach to finding its workforce of tomorrow. We offer modern apprenticeships, giving opportunities to local school leavers to join the sector. It’s a small but effective way of getting new blood and raw talent into the industry.

We appreciate that much of the work to raise awareness of the tech talent gap has to be done in conjunction with schools – and that’s why we’re proud to be involved with DYW.

We recognise that more must be done to demystify the tech sector to pupils, teachers and parents and that students need to be given a better insight into how the sector works. We’d also like to see more young women enter the industry and debunk the idea that IT is a job for so-called ‘geeks’ or ‘boffins’.

Once upon a time, people entering the world of work could expect jobs in their chosen sector that would take them into retirement. Nowadays there are far less ‘jobs for life’ which means the modern workplace requires flexible, open minded workers who can adapt to change and the challenges this brings.

This is especially true in the technology, and across the industry we need to fill the jobs that are integral to the field with people who have the right technical knowledge and expertise. The tech talent gap is larger than any one role. There’s an overall shortage of people who know how to code, as well as data scientists, though to people specialising in cybersecurity and cloud computing.

No one has a crystal ball to forecast what will happen in the years ahead but one thing is certain. As our digital dependency grows, tech workers can be assured of a bright future.