Global IT companies work with GCU

09 October 2015

Global IT companies work with GCU

The co-creation model is part of GCU's strategic objective to innovate for social and economic impact

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is looking to address a technology skills shortage by offering work-based degree programmes in partnership with two global IT companies.

Employees of IBM and CGI are studying part-time on the respective BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business and BSc (Hons) Computing programmes in the department of Computer, Communication and Interactive Systems in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment.

The model of delivery allows employees to spend one day per week at University and work for their employers during the remaining days. Knowledge and experience gained while working for their employer or studying in their own time can be taken into consideration as part of the programme, and, likewise, some of the programme modules will be contextualised in the workplace.

The co-creation model is part of GCU’s strategic objective to innovate for social and economic impact, working with partners to deliver high quality, flexible and accessible education for employees in leading local and global companies.

The programmes will support CGI’s new Glasgow-based centre of excellence for open-source software development services as well as IBM’s future talent pipeline in Scotland. The programmes will run over four years and it is hoped that GCU will be able to roll-out its IT programme portfolio to other businesses in the future.

Professor Tom Buggy, Head of Department of Computer Communications and Interactive Systems, said: “With 82 per cent of technology businesses in Scotland expecting to increase their employee levels over the next 12 months, this innovative work-based degree programme offers Scottish technology companies the opportunity to recruit and educate their own talent in software and web-development skills in partnership with the University.”

Charlotte Fisher-Morecroft, an IBM Early Professionals Manager, said: “IBM strives to offer a range of opportunities that ensure our workforce of the future develop the skills, experience and contacts required to build a successful career while thriving in a fast-paced business environment. Our aim is to find and recruit the best talent who have future leadership potential which ensures our business in Scotland thrives and stays competitive in the years to come.”

Tim Gregory, President of CGI UK, said: “CGI aims to encourage young people to gain skills in ICT which can lead to fulfilling and rewarding careers across a wide range of areas from digital design and social media to systems engineering. This new partnership at Glasgow Caledonian University will give CGI students a strong foundation for the future, combining academic knowledge with practical business focused experience. We are delighted to be working with GCU to help equip the ICT professionals of the future.”