New Digital Talent Pipeline Announced For London

Supporting students, schools, colleges and businesses to realise their potential

In support of the Mayor of London’s £5m investment programme in advancing young Londoners’ digital skills, the London Enterprise Panel (LEP) has today announced MOBILIZE:LDN. MOBILIZE:LDN is a series of five Digital Career Roadshow events in the tech hotspots of London, bringing together 15,000 young people with 1,000 tech employers. The first event is at Camden Roundhouse, London, 23 February.

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In his January, 2016 announcement, Boris Johnson said it was "absolutely vital" to nurture London's tech stars of the future and help them gain employment within the digital industry. There are an estimated 38,000 digital, creative and media companies in London, which is expected to grow to 52,000 companies within ten years: a digital skills gap, that without intervention, will stifle the success of this buoyant sector.

Similar to the Mayor of New York’s investment of $10M to create a New York Tech Talent Pipeline, the London Enterprise Panel is supporting a series of five events across the capital, resolving in a large end of year summit to address and identify solutions to the ‘digital skills gap’. The London Digital Talent Pipeline aims to help schools and colleges to refine their curricula in order to ‘boost the capital’s economy,’ and meet the needs of today’s employers.

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The first of five events in 2016, Camden Roundhouse Digital Careers Show will connect 3,000 young people aged 15 to 28, to 100 North London's digital, creative and media employers. A key goal of the MOBILIZE:LDN programme is to drive diversity in the workplace – encouraging more women, and young people form the Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, to enter the sector. The programme has partnered with Department of Work & Pensions - inviting all 120 Jobcentre’s in London to the event series.

Teachers, lecturers and Jobcentre staff will be advised on building links to the digital and tech industry to diversify their students' career paths. They will also come away with insight into helping students to discover how the skills they're learning are mapped to real careers, and will even learn how to raise their own digital skills and professional development.

Ed Baker, event director said, “It is increasingly vital for today’s students and the UK’s position in the global economy that we nurture our tech stars of the future; MOBILIZE:LDN will bring 1,000 leading tech employers together to address the digital skills gap, help to secure London’s place as the leading digital economy.”

Josh Krichefski, chief executive officer of MediaCom UK, said: “Bringing in and supporting a young and diverse workforce into the creative, digital and media industries is critical to safeguarding what is becoming an increasingly important sector for the whole UK economy.”

Steven Roberts, strategic transformation director at Barclays, said: "Mobilize:LDN maps seamlessly to our core beliefs of digital inclusion – no matter who you are, we believe that your life can be made better through digital. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that no one is left behind in the digital revolution. By supporting innovative programmes such as Mobilize:LDN, we hope to get even more young people interested in a career in digital, enthusiastic about technology.”[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"293","attributes":{"class":"media-image aligncenter size-medium wp-image-8014","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"300","height":"123","alt":"Digital Careers Show - Techmix Magazine - Number of Jobs, stats"}}]]

Phil Smith, chief executive of Cisco UK and Ireland said: “The digital revolution is transforming the world around us, and the UK is a nation leading this charge. The impact technology is having on our lives, the way we work and society in general, cannot be underestimated. Only by realising the opportunity through partnerships such as the Mobilize:LDN Digital Careers Show, can we turn the skills challenge into an opportunity for the UK as a whole. After all, it’s not a business or city-specific problem; it’s a national one.”

Kirstie Donnelly MBE, managing director of City & Guilds, said: “The digital economy is creating record numbers of jobs in the UK and we want to help young people access careers in this rewarding, well-paid sector. That’s why we at City & Guilds are so excited to be supporting Mobilize:LDN Digital Careers Show

Rebecca Garrod-Waters, chief executive of Ufi Charitable Trust, said: “Ufi Charitable Trust supports exciting digital vocational tech, and we are delighted to be working with Mobilize:LDN, bringing together the future workforce and digital tech.”

To find out more and to register for your free entrance to the show please visit http://techmixmag.com/dsc

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