GTA chief backs digital vision

PLANS to increase the digital literacy of Guernsey’s workforce have been praised by the interim chief of the Guernsey Training Agency.

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PLANS to increase the digital literacy of Guernsey’s workforce have been praised by the interim chief of the Guernsey Training Agency.

Elaine Monkhouse, pictured, welcomed Commerce and Employment minister Kevin Stewart’s Project Proteus – a vision to put Guernsey at the top of technologically-advanced and enabled jurisdictions.

‘We are very supportive of it,’ said Dr Monkhouse. ‘It would be fantastic if we can leapfrog to that level of digital literacy on the island.’

However, Dr Monkhouse acknowledged there was a long way to go to get Project Proteus up and running.

‘We should not underestimate the complexity of making it happen. It’s the understanding of what needs to happen next. This is also true in terms of skills and education.’

There is already provision at the GTA for IT courses, she said.

‘We already run technology-related courses, everything from basic skills to courses for IT professionals and social media skills. We are also launching a new series of courses aimed at senior managers to make them more comfortable with social media and information security.’

Dr Monkhouse said that the university centre aimed to increase the number of IT-based courses on offer.

‘The need for and breadth of IT courses is only going to grow, in particular at the user end as much as the specialist end.’

Comments for: "GTA chief backs digital vision"

Futu

‘It would be fantastic if we can leapfrog to that level of digital literacy on the island.’

Substitute 'fantastic' with 'a miracle' and you're spot on, Elaine.

'Fantastic' would be an apt word to use if St Kev decided to stop meddling with stuff he knows nothing about return to his day job, where he can harmlessly spout nonsense all day long.

webwonk

looking forward to starting their ITIL course.

Fusion Alan

It is great that the Digital Skills issue is getting greater coverage and awareness. Through the Confederation of Guernsey Industry we have a great programme going that is getting kids coding again through enthusiastic support of teachers at our secondary schools.

Through the CGI nearly 100 Raspberry Pi's and 70 PC's have been donated to four computer clubs with more schools indicating that they want to come to the party.

Devil's Advocate

Of course she supports it, it's a business opportunity for her!

Eric

I would love this to develop into a significant contributor to the islands economy but it is a total pipe-dream.

Basic economics shows that the cost of professional labour here puts us well out of the market for almost all clients other than local firms (finance/legal) and those with specific niche requirements. There are armies of perfectly capable designers, developers, information architects, solutions designers, etc available for tiny fractions of what Gsy staff would have to charge to run a viable business. If you're a client looking for an outsourced solution then why would you place the business in one of the most expensive places out of all the global options? The argument that we will develop a best-in-class resource base is nonsense, there is nowhere near sufficient desire from the resources we're talking about to become that skilled nor the levels of dedication, intellect or the supporting infrastructure to make it happen.

This is drum-banging of the finest order and those banging the drums all appear to be the ones with the most to make out of it.

Now if the Minister could kindly turn his attention to the really difficult job of understanding which areas of our existing economy we can tease more out of, we would be very grateful.

MP

And Bobs your uncle.

GTA University Centre

The GTA recognises that creating a digital economy that will sustain the island for the future will be a tough challenge for everyone. There is certainly no simple solution. The development of a successful economy on the island, based on new technologies, will only come about through the collaborative efforts of individuals and organisations representing a broad spectrum of the community. Politicians must work with business leaders, entrepreneurs and educators to build a society best able to take advantage of advances in new technology. The GTA is contributing to this initiative by running IT courses and putting on challenging sessions like its social media course for directors, as well as helping to facilitate meetings between States members and key figures in the telecoms and IT industry. The politicians may not have all the answers but they should be applauded for trying and encouraged to increase their efforts.