Tata Steel Europe IT Director Nick Reeks has been recruiting graduates to enhance this company's tech skills.
"We have opted to increase graduate numbers to improve our pipeline and grow our skills," he says. "The cloud capabilities are all fine, but when you get to the brass tacks of actually coding, the pool of skills is just too small.
"It has struck me as odd that a number of the larger partners and vendors we work with have been talking to us about their shift to digital and how they have 're-shaped their team profile', but when you stand back, it seems operational or traditional IT skills have been let go and more consulting and advisory skills on-boarded.
"When you then come to shift from concept to production, you're faced with the "oh, we don't have those skills" dilemma. Tata Steel outsourced two years ago, but like all companies who go through this process, we will always look at the profile of tasks and skills we need to maintain cost and delivery targets."
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