Welcome to this Virtual Roundtable discussion featuring Ed Vaizey, Chair of Digital Futures, and former Culture and Digital Minister, on diversity in the tech industry.
Statistics show that 54% of the global workforce will require significant reskilling in technology moving forward, and at the same time there has been a 40% reduction of young people taking IT GCSE subjects in the UK since 2015. Digital Futures, a tech services and training company, was established in direct response for the need to improve diversity within the tech sector and to increase the level of digital skills within the wider UK economy.
Ed Vaizey (Lord Vaizey of Didcot) is a member of the House of Lords, appointed in 2020, and sits on the Communications and Media Committee. Ed was the Member of Parliament for Wantage between 2005 and 2019. He served as the UK Government Culture and Digital Minister from 2010-16, and is the longest-serving Minister in that role. He was appointed a privy councillor in 2016.
In his role as digital minister, Ed was responsible for the roll out of the successful rural broadband programme to more than 4 million homes, the introduction of 4G, and tax credits for film, television, animation and video games, which have helped make the creative industries the fastest growing part of the UK economy.
In the private sector, Ed is an executive-in-residence at LionTree, the leading global M&A advisory firm specialising in TMT with offices in New York, San Francisco, London and Paris. Ed also sits on the Technology Media and Telecoms advisory board of FTI consulting. In addition, Ed is an adviser to several companies such as Edge, Common Sense Media, Digital Theatre, Salary Finance, Perlego, and NewsGuard.
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