Employers and universities unite to create new software development degree

Posted on: 20/05/13

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e-skills UK is now looking for additional employers and universities to get involved in the delivery of the new Software Development for Business undergraduate degree, which will be available at selected universities from September 2014.

Software professional roles are the fastest-growing in the sector, so there is increased demand for employable and productive software engineering/design graduates. To meet this demand and address the technical skills gap, e-skills UK has collaborated with employers and universities to design this new flagship undergraduate degree programme. 

Just like our other e-skills degree - IT Management for Business, available since 2005 - the new Software Development for Business undergraduate degree is unique in the way it was created and in the way it will be delivered.

The new degree skills requirements curriculum has been designed with input from leading employers to ensure it is relevant to the needs of today’s businesses. Employers involved to date include Accenture, BT, Capgemini, CA Technologies, Cisco Systems, Enternships, IBM, Logica, Ministry of Justice, and the NHS.

Employers will also be engaged throughout the degree in the form of employer/student events, CV clinics, real project case studies, work placements and ‘guru’ lectures to enhance the students' employability and develop their professional skills. Through these activities, employers will get the opportunity to gain early access to students with the skills and experience relevant to their business, and to recruit graduates that best fit their needs.

The universities selected to offer the e-skills degree will be provided with support to get set up for programme delivery, including employer-led curriculum review, student marketing, raising subject profile and employability related activities. The universities already involved with the e-skills degrees have seen an increase in student numbers, an improvement in the gender imbalance on the course and a significant increase in employability rates.  

If you are an employer or university wanting to get involved, please contact Project Manager sadaf.alvi@e-skills.com.

If you would like to receive updates on the Software Development for Business degree and e-skills UK's other HE initiatives, subscribe to our HE updates - click 'Higher Education' as an area of interest when registering.

Further information will also be available at www.e-skills.com/softwaredegree.

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