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Press cutting: Kids shunning tech degrees

5 April 2007

The UK's technology industry is under threat as fewer people choose IT-related degrees and careers.

The uptake of IT-related degrees has almost halved within four years from 27,000 in 2001 to 14,700 in 2005, according to research from e-skills UK. …

Richard Pettinger [UCL Management Studies Centre] told silicon.com people are now growing up surrounded by computers, so an IT-related degree may not be the obvious choice to sixth-form students.

Pettinger said: "Universities need to go into schools and make it clear to sixth formers what an IT-related degree can offer them in the future." …

Pettinger added many IT graduates may be tempted by offers from investment banks, financial services institutions or consultancy work from the likes of Accenture and Deloitte, instead of pure IT-based careers. …

Gemma Simpson, silicon.com