I don’t think the idea of universities is to deliver employees to companies. As soon as you’ve done a course, what you’ve learnt becomes out of date. People have to learn skills forever. University is about learning core skills, and learning how to learn. At our company, we have what they need to hone in and deliver work.
The so-called skills gap has been raised as a challenge by every cluster during Tech Nation on Tour. I think Tom hits the nail on the head here – it’s incredibly difficult for universities to keep up with the pace of change – so perhaps an alternative approach is required.