The Duke of York attended an event at Hackney Community College alongside key figures from some of the major tech firms based in East London. The Duke of York was there to help Renaisi and Hackney Community College outline how young, local people from the area can provide some of the ICT skills tech firms depend on. The businesses also discussed their own growth plans and staff needs.
The event was part of work being undertaken by the London Borough of Hackney and Renaisi into the feasibility of a specific Tech City Apprenticeship programme. The project is exploring new ways of providing career opportunities in technology to young people from East London and talented, young workers to Tech City firms.
From our research we know that the tremendous growth in the number of tech companies located in the East London isn’t providing work opportunities for local young people. We also know that this is not because local young people lack the aspiration or necessary skills but that they are disconnected from the opportunities to gain experience and start their career in this sector. Many companies who use established recruitment practices to bring in people from outside the area are failing to recognise the talent already present right here. A new approach is needed to ensure local talent can access these important opportunities.
If there is sufficient demand from tech companies for skills at Apprenticeship level The Tech City Apprenticeship scheme will enable young people to gain paid work placements with major tech companies alongside accredited qualifications giving them the chance to develop sustainable careers in this sector. The programme will enable tech businesses to get the talent they need from the local community increasing their competitiveness and building a sustainable local economy and community.
Rob Pearce, director at Renaisi, said
“We think there is a great opportunity here to establish a programme that bridges the divide between local talent and the needs of the rapidly expanding tech sector in east London. Talented local youngsters are currently disconnected from these opportunities so we are working closely with businesses to see if we can address this. If we can connect local talent with the demand in tech companies there is a double benefit. The businesses remain competitive and establish good links with the communities they work in and local youngsters get quality jobs in a growing industry.”