A new scheme in East London that has won the backing of the Mayor of London kicked off this month with the aim of exposing 60 young people from inner-London to the essential skills required to participate in London’s vibrant digital sector.
The initiative, known as Devcamp, will provide young people aged 13-18 years with the basic skills required to develop apps for the web, smartphones and Facebook. Devcamp’s aim is to engage young people with the skills needed for success in the future digital economy.
The scheme has been created by Rich Mix and Seatwave.com, Europe’s leading ticket exchange and one of the UK’s fastest growing digital businesses.
Devcamp will provide up-to-the-minute training on software development skills through a series of weeklong workshops to help create real opportunities for young people. The launch comes in the wake of the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics that show nearly one million 16-24 year olds out of work.
Joe Cohen, founder and chief executive of Seatwave.com, said: "There has never been a more crucial time for business to back young tech talent. We need to inspire and enable a new generation of digital innovators in order to compete in the global economy.”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “London's role as digital capital of Europe is dependant upon our future workforce having the skills innovative tech businesses need. Initiatives such as Devcamp, supported by an array of London-based digital businesses, provide a great model for how we can ensure the young people of London are inspired and prepared to benefit from the job opportunities of the future.”
The programme is also being supported by industry partners including Apps for Good, who work with UK tech and creative industry experts to deliver app courses to young people. Other supporters include Silicon Valley Bank, Futureversity and a number of private individuals.
Rich Mix Chief Executive Jane Earl said: “Devcamp is a great example of how Rich Mix can support young people to develop their skills and confidence to make the most out of their lives. This is especially important in our local area, which has one of the youngest communities in the UK with almost 40 percent of residents under the age of 35.”
The 60 young people taking part in Devcamp will have unique opportunities to gain access to role models from within the industry, receiving training delivered by experts and volunteers from Facebook, Seatwave.com and many others.
Rich Mix would like to thank the Devcamp partners including Futureversity, Joe Cohen and Seatwave.com, Apps for Good, Silicon Valley Bank, Baskin Foundation and London and Partners.
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