17 July 2023
Clifton-Brown raises concerns about lack of graduates with digital skills

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown raises concerns about a lack of young graduates with digital skills and calls on the Government to offer more visas to students who want to take digital degrees in this country.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds) (Con)

Time after time, we find that every Government Department is short of young graduates with digital skills. Will my right hon. Friend think about making an application to the Home Office to encourage more visas to be granted to students who want to take digital degrees in this country?

The Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education (Robert Halfon)

My hon. Friend is learned in these matters, but they are for the Home Office. We are developing our digital skills at home with amazing digital apprenticeships. Half of our 670 apprenticeship standards are in STEM subjects, and there are T-levels and higher technical qualifications in digital. We are spending on the digital skills that our local people need. We have to give them the skills they need as well.