E-skills UK has signed up University of Glamorgan as the 14th academic institution to the Information Technology Management for Business degree (ITMB).

Welcoming the move Lesley Griffiths, Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation and Skills, in the Welsh Assembly, said, “We need make sure we have a vibrant, highly skilled IT professional workforce. This is critical to driving productivity, prosperity and growth across the whole Welsh economy, and I am pleased to see e-skills UK supporting this with initiatives like delivering the ITMB degree through the University of Glamorgan.”

ITMB launched in 2007, is designed by e-skills UK and is supported by over 50 employers in the UK, including Accenture, BA, BBC, BT, Capgemini, Cisco, Proctor and Gamble, HP, IBM, and Logica.

These firms are involved in many aspects of course delivery, including projects, lectures, work placements and interpersonal skills coaching. “This gives students an unparalleled level of access to those already working in the organisations they are hoping to join upon graduation,” says E-Skills UK.

Karen Price, Chief Executive of e-skills UK, said: “To ensure a healthy supply of highly skilled professionals entering the technology workforce, it is essential that IT related degrees equip students with the broad range of capabilities needed to be successful in a modern career in IT. This requires employers to work in partnership with Higher Education to produce graduates that meet the needs of the sector. We are delighted to be working with the University of Glamorgan and with employers in Wales to launch ITMB, which will benefit students, employers and the Welsh economy as a whole.”