New initiative launched to diversify UK’s digital talent pool

Makers and Generation UK have collaborated on a project which they hope will help address the nation’s growing skills gap

Makers, a company that specialises in the creation of coding bootcamps, has announced a strategic partnership with youth employment non-profit, Generation UK. The new collaborative project seeks to diversify the UK’s digital talent pool, while simultaneously addressing the nation’s growing skills gap in tech-based professions.

With recent government data showing that rates of youth unemployment are on the rise, and with young people facing an increasingly competitive and yet, declining, jobs market, the project is set to inspire and empower the next generation of digital workers. According to the government report, the number of under-25s on Universal Credit has almost doubled since March, rising by 250,000 to a total 538,000.

On top of this, research by Tech Nation confirms that software engineers remain highly in demand, standing as the country’s most sought-after profession with tens of thousands of new vacancies being posted every week – even during lockdown.

In light of this, Makers and Generation UK have committed to widening access to training in digital skills, providing participants with a pathway to these technical roles. The programme is designed to support disadvantaged youth with no prior qualifications or experience, teaching them the knowledge and skills required to become professional software engineers. The aim is to transform the digital talent pool, enriching it with potential recruits from varied backgrounds and providing the world’s leading employers with a consistent supply of trained digital specialists.

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Generation UK and Makers will present a scalable, sustainable offering to hiring partners, with training that would usually cost £8,000 being delivered free of charge. The programme will be made available to 100 carefully-selected learners, all of whom will benefit from connections to Makers’ hiring partners and gain access to a stream of potential employment opportunities.

“Generation and Makers share the same goal: to change lives,” said Claudia Harris, CEO of Makers. “Both organisations help people from all walks of life to train in tech and build successful careers. This partnership with Generation enhances our service offering by connecting us to a pool of exceptional talent that is hard to reach the often overlooked which we will support to become world-class software engineers. Together we can bring the UK close to narrowing the tech skills gap and achieving a more inclusive and diverse digital workforce.”

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