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On 19 November 2012 Stuart Arthur, Head of Operations at Box UK [http://www.boxuk.com], joined Welsh Minister for Education and Skills Leighton Andrews and other representatives from the National Digital Learning Council, Further Education, Higher Education and industry in a seminar to discuss the future of ICT in Welsh schools.

As part of a wider review of assessment and the National Curriculum in Wales, participants gathered to discuss the current curriculum and debate the best way forward to ensure that learners progressing through the Welsh education system are equipped with the skills required to work in and contribute to the ICT sector, and that Wales is well placed to play a leading role in the global economy of the future.

As a representative of digital industry in Wales, Stuart presented to the delegates on how the Welsh Government might introduce and embed coding, digital literacy, computer science and Information Technology learning in schools.

At the centre of his presentation were key factors such as creating an online learning portal to provide cost-effective education, and the ways in which we might ensure every school in Wales has access to modern hardware.

Speaking about the event Stuart said, “Strengthening links between learning providers and the public and private sectors in Wales is crucial to the progression of ICT education in the area. Our working together and learning from each other is crucial to furthering Wales' current strength in the technology sector.”

The ICT sector in Wales is a driving force for both economic development and wider social change, with 40,000 people employed in an IT function and over 12,000 directly involved in ICT. The Welsh Government is committed to developing this sector for growth and Box UK hopes to continue to support these aims and contribute to a bright and exciting future for the sector in Wales.

About the Welsh Government

The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales working to help improve the lives of people in Wales and make the nation a better place in which to live and work.

About Box UK

Box UK is a team of thought leaders, consultants and application developers engaged in the rapid and precise design and delivery of high-performance software products and services for progressive enterprises worldwide.

Established in 1998, Box UK’s client list includes BBC, LAN Airlines, Investec Asset Management, the National Gallery, Chartered Institute for IT, EDF Energy and Severn Trent Plc.

Published on: 9:40AM on 21st November 2012