Opportunity knocks: calling all Londoners 16-24

| April 6, 2018

Executive Director, Future Think, Penny Carballo-Smith

Have you heard?  Have you applied?  Or do you know someone who should apply?

The Mayor of London has launched a £7 million scheme providing FREE industry–approved digital skills training to more than 1,000 young Londoners between the ages of 16 and 24.

This is a not-to-be missed opportunity for many. Tech is the fastest growing industry in the UK.  There are opportunities galore; 90% of new job roles need digital skills and all industry sectors are complaining of digital skills shortages.

London in particular is teeming with exciting opportunities.  Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan had this to say:

“London’s thriving digital and tech sector is a world leader. From start-up companies to household names, there’s a huge range of home-grown and international companies here.

But we need to provide all Londoners with the opportunity to succeed in this industry, particularly women and Londoners of a BAME background who have been under-represented in these fields for too long.

Photo Courtesy UK Black Tech

I’ve been clear about my ambition to make London the world’s leading Smart City, and to provide the next generation of Londoners with the digital skills employers need will help our tech sector flourish. By investing in this new programme and funding free digital skills training, we can encourage more young people to consider a career in tech and fulfil their potential.” 

You can find out more about FREE digital skills courses for 16 – 24 year olds here https://bit.ly/2Ix37dh 

Don’t know much about the digital and tech sector?  Well sign up for one of the FREE talks, workshops and other events here https://bit.ly/2HfzX3e

This push to attract more people into the digital and tech workforce is by no means restricted to youngsters; there are valuable opportunities out there for mid-career workers to re-skill and join the digital and tech sector as well.  Find out more in the next article in the series Opportunity Knocks.

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About the Author (Author Profile)

Penny Carballo-Smith is the executive director of the social enterprise Future Think (www.futurethink.info) which equips marginalised communities for new job opportunities emerging in our rapidly digitising world of work. Penny is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (LLB) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LLM), and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce – a London based organisation committed to finding practical solutions to social challenges.

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