The digital skills shortage has been widely discussed in the tech industry and only just this year, the disastrous state of the digital skills shortage we’re heading towards in the UK has been widely publicised in the media.
It may seem shocking that a generation that has grown up in the digital age is entering the workforce without the necessary digital skills. But research by The Learning & Work Institute has shown that over 70% of young people expect employers to invest in teaching advanced digital skills on the job – yet many are unable to fund such training.
This is a worrisome problem the tech industry now faces, at a time when the demand for digital skills is soaring as technology capabilities continuously evolve.
One topic that has been raised to help combat some of the issues caused by the skills shortage, is the No Code and Low Code movement. Whilst views on this are mixed, interest in the No Code movement is growing, both amongst end-customers of tech companies and tech professionals themselves.
Zandra Moore, CEO at Leeds multi-award-winning tech firm, Panintelligence and her team are big believers in No Code and Low Code, so much so – they have implemented this approach into their products.
Zandra commented: “I’ve seen many people come up with ideas to help address the digital skills shortage and how to make tech careers more accessible and the industry more diverse for people of all backgrounds. One solution I strongly believe could help tackle these issues is No Code and Low Code technology. These platforms are set to change the way we digitally innovate and will help to radically reduce barriers to entry into technology careers, as they don’t require users to have advanced technical skills to use them. This provides an opportunity to rapidly accelerate the diversity of people who can enter the STEM community.
“At Panintelligence, we’re proud to be a leader in the No Code Data Analytics and AI space with a software platform that means you don’t need a data scientist to build a Machine Learning Model. I also founded The No Code Lab, which has over 50 members currently, and this community we’ve built leads conversation around No Code both in the UK and internationally. Through this, we provide opportunities to connect with like-minded people and educate one another on the No Code Revolution.”
Zandra added: “Any tech professional understands, it’s really difficult to recruit the right developers due to the digital skills shortage. This is one reason why at Panintelligence, we’ve focused on frontend analytics for our SaaS customers, as we know this is time-consuming for developers to build natively – when they’d rather be working on their company’s business product. Our product is low-code for developers to implement and no-code for end-users, so no data scientists are needed, and time constraints are removed”.
Could the No Code/Low Code movement take off and be the solution we’re looking for? It’s possibly too early to tell but with highly regarded tech professionals like Zandra vouching for the No Code movement, we may well see this be the saviour to the problems of the tech skills shortage in future.