Published on January 15, 2009
BSc (Hons) in Information Technology Management for Business…… a.k.a. ITMB : 1 BSc (Hons) in Information Technology Management for Business…… a.k.a. ITMB Peter Sishton e-skills UK Agenda : 2 Agenda What is e-skills UK? The Business Challenge Origins and Aims of the ITMB Degree ITMB – Why? How? What? Which Universities? Who’s Supporting it? How are they supporting it? What does it mean to an Employer? What does it mean to a Student? What’s the reaction so far? Other Questions????? The Business Challenge : 3 The Business Challenge Discussed by e-skills UK Boards “Poor communications between Higher Education and Industry and conflicting messages from Industry lead to a lack of clarity concerning the issues surrounding the skill-mix of graduates” Many current Higher Education offerings do not deliver the mix of skills and balance of sexes desired by industry; industry has to spend a significant amount of time, effort and money training graduates to become ‘work ready’. Origin and aims of the ITMB degree : 4 Provide students with a broad background of business operations, procedures and culture applicable to a career in an IT environment Equip students with sufficient technical knowledge to play a key management role in an IT related environment Develop both personal and inter-personal skills to enable the students to work closely and communicate with employees in non-IT related areas of an organisation Provide students with a set of problem-solving and modelling skills appropriate to IT related business operations Enable the students to play a management role in an IT project Provide the students with business experience in a project oriented environment Origin and aims of the ITMB degree ITMB – Why? : 5 ITMB – Why? The IT and related industry landscape has changed dramatically…. Employer frustration with graduate intake…. Too costly to retrain graduates…. Graduates leaving the industry…. ITMB – How? : 6 ITMB – How? ….the ITMB graduate! e-skills UK and a number of blue chip employers explored the issue and developed the blueprint for the ‘ideal graduate’ for IT related industries…. ITMB What? : 7 A degree which will set new standards in terms of: Relevance of content Effective employer engagement Attracting the highest quality students Appeal to women as well as men Degree completion rates Progression into IT careers ITMB What? ITMB –What? : 8 ITMB –What? A carefully identified blend of skills important to IT organisations across industry 25-35% Technology and its application to business 20-25% Business understanding 20-25% Implementation of projects to satisfy business requirements 20-25% Personal and interpersonal skills development Technology Business Project Management Personal & Interpersonal Which Universities are offering ITMB : 9 Which Universities are offering ITMB From 2005/2006 Northumbria UCE Birmingham Greenwich From 2006/2007 Keele Oxford Brookes UWE Bristol From 2007/2008 Exeter Hull Lancaster Loughborough Manchester Sheffield UCL Who’s Supporting it? : 10 e-skills UK IT and Telecoms Industry Board CEOs / MDs of IT and Telecoms companies - Accenture - Microsoft - BT Global Services - Cisco - EDS - Fujitsu - HP - IBM UK - Cable and Wireless - Vodaphone Ltd - LogicaCMG plc - Oracle - Smart421 Who’s Supporting it? ITMB Employers Strategy Forum Executives from all industries BT - RBS - CA Cisco - Logica CMG - Unilever Ford - Southampton City Council - Symantec British Airways - Fujitsu - Morgan Stanley Lehman Bros - Meteorological Office - IBM BBC - ITV - Royal Mail EDS - Micro Focus - Sainsburys Cabinet Office - Hogg Robinson Travel - SAP Proctor & Gamble - Maximum Clarity - HP ..and of course….. the UK Education System and UK Government e-skills UK Business Board Chief Information Officers / Heads of IT from companies in other sectors - Unilever - British Airways - Reuters - Whitbread - UK Government - Carphone Warehouse - Centrica - Sainsbury’s - UBS - Innocent - BBC - Royal Mail How are they supporting it? : 11 How are they supporting it? Support throughout the course Business Guru Lectures Employer provided case studies Projects with employers Work Experience All Student Event Mock Interviews/Selection Centres CV Clinics Employer Seminars Enterprise Award ITMB In the course of ITMB … : 12 In the course of ITMB … Attended two Mock Interview / Selection Centre Days Attended three Seminars run by Employers Had contact with an Industry Mentor Secured a placement with IBM Gained two Industry Qualifications Worked on a ‘live’ project with BT Was guaranteed an interview with an e-skills UK Board Member Worked in a team with ITMB students from other Universities Attended ITMB Student Events Attended 36 Business Guru Lectures Typical ITMB Undergraduate Typical ITMB Graduate What does it mean to a Student? : 13 What does it mean to a Student? In the UK….. The overall job market is growing at 0.4% are growing at 2.2% The IT job market is growing at 1.0% Key Jobs in IT companies IT Management Strategy & Planning System Designers IT Consultants What does it mean to an Employer? : 14 What does it mean to an Employer? As an Employer you will have the opportunity to: Help UK plc by ensuring the ITMB degree is always current Meet with university staff delivering the ITMB Degree Present to and meet with ITMB students Observe ITMB students during: Mock interview sessions Mock selection day sessions Employer location visits Placements And of course – the BIG benefit: Recruit from a highly employable group of known students who possess a well balanced set of skills What does it mean to a University? : 15 What does it mean to a University? As a University you will have the opportunity to: Offer a degree which is directly supported by a growing number of leading employers Be confident the degree will reflect the ongoing needs of industry Work on a regular basis with employers who will participate in the degree Benefit from central marketing by e-skills UK Improve the gender imbalance in IT related degrees Be part of an exclusive ‘club’ Student Prospects : 16 Student Prospects So in summary, by the time an ITMB student graduates he or she will have… met with major employers in various industries heard first hand about industry trends and challenges worked on real business issues developed a balanced set of ‘in demand’ skills be ahead of the pack! What’s the reaction so far? : 17 What’s the reaction so far? Other Questions????? : 18 Other Questions?????