A report released today by the UK Digital Skills Taskforce, headed by former Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin, has recommended that the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) be given a role in connecting students with tech businesses in the UK.

The report which was commissioned by Ed Miliband but conducted independently of any political party, attempts to find solutions to the shortage of digital skills in the UK economy. NCUB is one of only three organisations specifically recommended for roles by the report which will go to all political parties and could form parts of their manifestos for the general election in 2015.

The report says: “Industry experience can help students to further their education and develop the technical skills needed for the world of work. Taking a student on a placement also offers considerable benefits to businesses of all sizes. However, too often it is difficult for SMEs to find students. We need to make it easier for students and businesses to connect.”

David Docherty, NCUB Chief Executive, said:

“Increased collaboration between universities and businesses is vital to ensuring that talented students with the right skills are reaching the employers that need them. “NCUB works to improve collaboration in the interests of students, companies, universities and the wider economy and we look forward to continuing to take a role in forming connections between them.”

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The recommendation calling for a role for NCUB reads: “Government should fund the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) to work with other sector bodies to establish a matching website to connect students with tech businesses across the UK.”

The full report is available from the UK Digital Skills Taskforce – http://www.ukdigitalskills.com

NCUB Press Office – Will Hoyles 07772 512519 will.hoyles@ncub.co.uk

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