Ahead Partnership provides tech work experience opportunities to students in Birmingham

The Leeds-based social enterprise is working with local industry to enhance the employability skills of young people

Social enterprise Ahead Partnership is working with tech businesses in Birmingham to improve the employability skills of young people through volunteering and work experience.

Up to six students aged 16–18 will initially take part in a pilot of the work experience scheme, run in partnership with Birmingham-based IT company Intercity Technology. The scheme will allow students to shadow employees at the Intercity Technology Birmingham office, and gain hands-on experience of varying roles across the business.

A fully-structured programme will follow the pilot, pending its success.

Ahead Partnership is collaborating in many other programmes in a bid to connect employers across the public and private sectors with education partners, to promote social and economic change.

Andrew Jackson, CEO at Intercity Technology said: “Giving young people first-hand experience of the tech sector is a great way to get them excited about the opportunities the industry has to offer.

“It’s only through this engagement and investment in talent that we will be able to further reinforce Birmingham’s position as a leading tech hub, and draw even more attention to the exciting work happening in the region.”

More information on the Ahead Partnership can be found at aheadpartnership.org.uk/